Anand Veeravagu is a former White House Fellow and special assistant to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel. He serves as senior neurosurgery resident at Stanford University School of Medicine. His views are his own and do not reflect those of any institutional entity. anandveeravagu.com

‘ALIEN’ FIBERS

The music legend may be resting comfortably in the ER, but a bizarre disease that causes colorful fibers to agonizingly slither through her skin is a battle she’ll still have to fight.