The winter holiday season is a time that inspires a certain amount of weird scientific research. Here are a few highlights from the world of Christmas-related science published this year as well as a few words as to why a gamer or storyteller might care.

How does a god of healing evolve into a Christmas elf?

This week saw the release of the new Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide. I'd been eagerly awaiting this book, because in general I've liked the changes that WotC have made in the new edition and I was very keen to see how it would handle diseases of both the body and the mind.

There was a period in history when it would have been illegal for your doctor to remove your appendix to save your life.

The kidney stone was probably one of the very first illnesses ever recognized by humans. This is funny because in some respects we're still treating them the same way that we did six thousand years ago.

Alcohol has had an important impact on medicine in various ancient cultures.