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Why climate change could bring more infectious diseases

Human impact on climate and environment is a topic of many discussions and research. While the social, economic, and environmental effects of climate change are important, climate change could also increase the spread of infectious diseases dramatically. Many infectious agents affect humans and animals. Shifts of their habitats or health as a result of climate change and pollution can lead to the spread of infectious diseases.One of the first signs of climate change is non-typical behaviour of a...
Tags: Videos, Books, Featured, Climate Change, Global Warming, Mosquito, Public Health, Infectious Diseases, Flooding, Malaria, Sea Levels, Zika, West Nile, Immunity, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences


Medicinal Plants Used During the U.S. Civil War Are Surprisingly Good at Fighting Bacteria

With conventional medicines in short supply during the Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research suggests some of these remedies were actually quite good at fighting off infections—a finding that could lead to effective new drugs.Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, History, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Plants, Civil War, Antibiotics, Fighting Bacteria


Vaping Could Make It Harder For Your Body to Fight the Flu, Preliminary Research Suggests

Anyone who’s regularly smoked knows that colds and flus can hit them harder than they would a non-smoker. But people who vape could be in for the same sort of trouble, according to some new (and very preliminary) research out today. It suggests that e-cigarettes can weaken the body’s ability to fend off the flu virus,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Flu, Vaping, E Cigarettes


Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!'

The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He’s impossible to miss: one of those men whose every attempt to blend in flounders. Margulies and I are in Lille, judges at the Series Mania television festival, although our experiences differ a little. My cloak of anonymity allows me t...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Science, Television, Drama, Africa, Society, World news, Medical Research, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Television & radio, Paris, Microbiology, US television, Epidemics


Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 1,720 and killed 1,136, giving the viral disease a whopping 66 percent fatality rate. And the situation is making public health experts on the ground increasingly nervous.Read more...
Tags: Isis, Ebola, Science, Africa, Public Health, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Outbreak, Vaccines, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Allied Democratic Forces, Central Africa Province Of The Caliphate


Scientology ship remains under measles quarantine in Caribbean scare

Twenty-eight people required to stay on Freewinds after female crew member came down with virusAuthorities in the Caribbean island of Curacao have announced that 17 crew members and 11 passengers must stay on board a ship owned by the Church of Scientology that is under quarantine following a confirmed case of measles.Dr Izzy Gerstenbluth said the group was required to stay on the 440-feet Freewinds ship until 13 May because they were still at risk of contracting measles after a female crew memb...
Tags: Health, Religion, Infectious Diseases, Scientology, Caribbean


Scientology cruise ship leaves St Lucia after measles quarantine

Church of Scientology vessel held in port after contagious disease detected onboardA cruise ship quarantined for a reported case of measles has left the Caribbean island of St Lucia after health officials supplied 100 doses of vaccine to the ship, according to reports.The Church of Scientology cruise ship was confined to port this week by island health officials after the highly contagious disease was detected onboard. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Religion, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Scientology, St Lucia, Caribbean, Church of Scientology


How Much Worse Could This Measles Outbreak Get?

As of this week, there have been 695 cases of measles in the U.S. across more than 20 states this year—the highest annual toll seen since the disease was declared extinguished in the U.S. in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given that it’s only April and we’ve already broken a yearly…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Outbreaks, Measles, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Given


People Born Before 1989 May Need Another Measles Vaccine

The U.S. is in the middle of the worst outbreak of measles since the disease was naturally eradicated from the county in 2000. But while the majority of victims are children whose parents decided not to vaccinate them or people who have chosen to go unvaccinated, even some people who got the measles vaccine as…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Outbreak, Vaccines, Measles


Europe at risk from spread of tropical insect-borne diseases

Scientists warn of danger from dengue fever in hotter, wetter climate in northern latitudesInsect-borne diseases such as dengue fever, leishmaniasis and encephalitis are on the rise and are now threatening to spread into many areas of Europe, scientists have warned.Outbreaks of these illnesses are increasing because of climate change and the expansion of international travel and trade, the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases was told in Amsterdam on Saturday. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Science, Environment, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Amsterdam, Microbiology, Insects, European Congress of Clinical Microbiology


Petting Zoos May Be Chock Full of Superbugs

Those adorably tame goats and other animals you love to touch at your local petting zoo might not be so harmless after all, according to some early research out this weekend. It suggests that many petting zoo animals could harbor and potentially spread dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including two strains of …Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Infectious Diseases, Outbreak, Antibiotic Resistance, Superbugs


New York City Orders Williamsburg Residents to Get Vaccinated for Measles or Face $1,000 Fine

If using the law to corral antivaxxers doesn’t work at first, try, try again. At least, that seems to be the lesson learned by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. On Tuesday, he declared a state of emergency and mandated residents of the Williamsburg neighborhood, where an outbreak of measles has been raging since…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Infectious Diseases, Bill De Blasio, Outbreak, Vaccines, Williamsburg, Measles, New York City Orders Williamsburg


County Bans Unvaccinated Minors from Entering Public Spaces, a First in the U.S.

Rockland County, New York is taking a drastic step to curtail its ongoing outbreak of measles. On Tuesday, Rockland County executive Ed Day announced a ban on minors unvaccinated for measles from entering public spaces like restaurants for a month. Though immunization statuses will not be actively tracked by police,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Rockland County, Outbreaks, Rockland County New York, Measles, Measles Outbreak


'Yet another killer for children left starved by war': cholera grips Yemen

In the last two weeks, 1,000 young people a day have been infected with the diseaseYemen is seeing a sharp spike in the number of suspected cholera cases this year, with 1,000 children a day infected in the last two weeks alone, agencies said.More than 120,000 cases have been reported, with 234 deaths in the country, which has been at war for four years this month. Almost a third of the 124,493 cases documented between 1 January and 22 March were children under fifteen. Increasing rates of malnu...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Cholera, Yemen, Global Health, Conflict and arms


Passengers on Melbourne-Christchurch flight exposed to measles

New Zealand authorities warn unvaccinated passengers on 19 March flight to stay in isolation, as further case emerges in Melbourne Passengers on a flight from Melbourne to Christchurch on 19 March were exposed to measles, New Zealand authorities have said, as more cases emerge on both sides of the Tasman. A passenger who arrived in Christchurch on Virgin Australia flight VA99 from Melbourne has been confirmed as having been infectious, adding to the total of 35 confirmed cases for the Canterbury...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Melbourne, Virgin Australia, Canterbury, Christchurch, Melbourne Christchurch


Kentucky Family Sues Local Health Department Over School Ban of Unvaccinated Children

A Kentucky teen and his family are suing their local health department over its attempt to protect the public from the chickenpox virus.Read more...
Tags: Science, Kentucky, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Chickenpox


A 14-Year-Old's Schizophrenia-Like Psychosis May Have Been Caused by Cat Bacteria

Doctors have started to come around to the idea that hidden bacteria and viruses in the body can affect our mental health and, over the long term, contribute to diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. But a case study out this week is the latest to suggest that certain germs can cause much more immediate and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Schizophrenia, Infectious Diseases, Mental Illness, Bug In The Brain


I Love Vaccines. Which Ones Can I Get as an Adult?

The anti-vaccination movement has more than earned its latest round of bad press. The U.S. is currently dealing with several outbreaks of measles, a disease effectively wiped out by routine childhood vaccination in the country two decades ago. And just this week, Oregon doctors reported that a six-year-old boy had to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Oregon, Infectious Diseases, Hepatitis, Flu, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Tetanus, Shingles


It Took Two Months and Nearly a Million Dollars to Save an Unvaccinated 6-Year-Old From Tetanus

A new case report from the Centers for Disease Control released Thursday starkly highlights the costs of not vaccinating children. It details a unvaccinated 6-year-old boy’s encounter with tetanus—and the hugely expensive, two-month-long effort it took to save his life.Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Centers for Disease Control, Antivaxxers, Tetanus


For the Second Time, Doctors Say They've Cleared an HIV Infection Using Stem Cells

Doctors in London, UK have seemingly accomplished a momentous feat in HIV treatment. They claim to have used a stem cell transplant to successfully clear any traces of the virus in their HIV-positive male patient. It’s the second time such a procedure has appeared to permanently treat the lifelong infection, though…Read more...
Tags: Science, Hiv, Cure, Infectious Diseases, London UK


Venezuela crisis threatens disease epidemic across continent - experts

Collapse of Venezuela’s healthcare system could fuel spread of malaria and other diseases across regionExperts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.Continent-wide public health gains of the last 18 years could be undone if Venezuela does not accept help to control the spreading outbreaks of malaria, Zika, dengue and other illnesses that are afflicting its people, e...
Tags: Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Venezuela, Malaria, Latin America, Zika Virus, Zika, Global Health, Lancet Infectious Diseases Continue


Study of Brazil favela stricken by Zika shows dengue may protect against virus

Analysis of community where 73% of residents contracted Zika in 2015 offers new clues about epidemicScientists studying the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil have discovered that people previously exposed to dengue may have been protected from the virus.Three-quarters of the inhabitants of a favela in the country’s north-east caught the mosquito-borne Zika virus during the epidemic. The outbreak left more than 3,000 babies across Brazil with microcephaly, a birth defect caused by mothers catching the...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Brazil, Zika Virus, Zika, Global Health


This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Actually Pretty Effective —and It's Not Too Late to Get it

This winter’s U.S. flu season hasn’t been and won’t be anywhere near as devastating as the historic season that killed 80,000 Americans last year. That might make latecomers eager to brush aside the idea of getting a flu vaccine. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should hopefully…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Flu, Influenza, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Killed Over 500 People, Including Nearly 100 Children

The latest update on the current outbreak of Ebola ravaging Africa shows the situation there continues to worsen. This past weekend, the Health Ministry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported that, as of February 10, there have been 811 confirmed or probable cases of the viral disease since August 2018…Read more...
Tags: Ebola, Science, Africa, Infectious Diseases, Democratic Republic of the Congo


You're (Probably) Sneezing Wrong

There’s a good chance you’ve had at least one disgusting cold this winter. And if you’re the least bit courteous, you probably took steps to keep from spreading your misery to others, whether by staying at home, washing your hands regularly, or minding where you coughed and sneezed. But if you’re the kind of person…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Colds, Flu, Dont Be A Hog Cover Your Cough


The long battle against infectious diseases | Letters

Readers respond to a recent article and letter published in the GuardianI would like to clarify that, contrary to your article (The microbes are fighting back, and if anyone thinks there is a simple solution, they are wrong, 25 January), a few decades ago precisely no one in drug discovery thought that the war against infectious diseases had been won. Sir Alexander Fleming, who first discovered antibiotics, warned of microbial resistance and it has been known about ever since.The reason drug com...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Biology, China, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, People in science, Antibiotics, Alexander Fleming, Dominic PyeResearch


US government concludes that HIV is untransmittable at undetectable levels

The National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases has reached an absolute conclusion: HIV+ cannot transmit the virus when carrying an undetectable viral load.
Tags: Health, Feature, Hiv, US, Lifestyle, Infectious Diseases, Ad Friendly, Undetectable, National Institute for Allergies


NIAID joins 300 other worldwide health agencies to say HIV is untransmittable at undetectable levels

The National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases has reached an absolute conclusion: HIV+ cannot transmit the virus when carrying an undetectable viral load.
Tags: Health, Feature, Hiv, Lifestyle, Infectious Diseases, Ad Friendly, NIAID, Undetectable, National Institute for Allergies


Bristol Meyers-Squibb and Others Can't Dodge $1 Billion Lawsuit Over 1940s Syphilis Study, Judge Rules

For the time being, pharmaceutical company Bristol Meyers-Squibb and others will not be allowed to avoid a billion-dollar civil lawsuit over their alleged roles in a U.S. government-led study in the 1940s that deliberately and secretly infected Guatemalan people with syphilis. Last week, Reuters reported, a federal…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Ethics, Lawsuits, Dodge, Reuters, Syphilis, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Tuskegee Experiments


Bristol Myers-Squibb and Others Can't Dodge $1 Billion Lawsuit Over 1940s Syphilis Study, Judge Rules

For the time being, pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers-Squibb and others will not be allowed to avoid a billion-dollar civil lawsuit over their alleged roles in a U.S. government-led study in the 1940s that deliberately and secretly infected Guatemalan people with syphilis. Last week, Reuters reported, a federal…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Ethics, Lawsuits, Dodge, Reuters, Bristol Myers Squibb, Syphilis, Tuskegee Experiments