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Health Officials To Decide If The U.S. Should Get 3 MMR Shots Instead Of 2

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.25.2017 | Home

Federal health officials are convening to discuss whether Americans should have three vaccines for the mumps instead of two, The Washington Post first...

There's A Reason Zika Virus Became A Pandemic In 2015

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home

The term “climate change” may bring to mind images of stranded polar bears in faraway places, but the globe’s changing weather also has serious ...

Having A Cat Does Not Cause Mental Illness, New Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.22.2017 | Home

Living with a cat during childhood does not cause mental illness later in life, a new study from University College London suggests, disputing earlier...

Bill Gates Warns That A Devastating Pandemic Is Right Around The Corner

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.18.2017 | Home

A pandemic is one of the world’s top three threats, and if not prepared for, could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year, philanthropist Bi...

My Child Can't Tell Me What Is Wrong, And It Breaks My Heart

Alethea Mshar | Posted 02.10.2017 | Home
Alethea Mshar

This past weekend, Ben obviously didn’t feel well. He would hold his stomach, hold his head, was cranky and all out miserable. As evening approache...

Men Accused Of Department Store Sex Act Exposed Cops To Scabies: Report

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 02.03.2017 | Home

Two men were arrested Monday after they were caught engaging in a sex act at a New Jersey Bed Bath & Beyond store. At least one of the men was reporte...

Osteomyelitis

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Chronic osteomyelitis is an infection in the bone, which can be an incurable problem (Figure 1). What happens when the bone gets infection (osteo...

No, You Don't Need To 'Detox' Your Showerhead

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home

You’ve been told there’s dangerous mold inside your showerhead. But chances are, you don’t have to worry about it. Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle...

Is it Harmful to Not Finish Antibiotics?

Quora | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Quora

Is it harmful to not finish antibiotics? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by peopl...

Scientists Create Effective Ebola Vaccine, Just A Couple Years After Deadly Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 12.22.2016 | Home

Researchers have crafted an effective vaccine that can halt the horrifically deadly Ebola virus in its tracks, according to a new report published Thu...

UN To Hold A Major Meeting On Tuberculosis, The Top Global Infectious Killer

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home

Advocates in the fight against tuberculosis are celebrating Thursday’s promising announcement that the United Nations General Assembly will hold a h...

Malaria-Like Parasite From Ticks Spreading To U.K. Through Dogs

David Michael Conner | Posted 08.23.2016 | Home
David Michael Conner

Mepron, a thick liquid antimicrobial drug used to treat Babesia and malaria, as well as a fungal infection called Pneumocystitis carinii. In 2011, th...

Can Your Immune System Affect Your Ability to Make Friends?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 08.08.2016 | Home
Greater Good Science Center

By Jill Suttie We at Greater Good often write about the importance of social connection in our lives. Many studies suggest that people with stronger...

What Is Epiglottitis? Sarah Silverman's Scary Illness, Explained

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 07.08.2016 | Home

Comedian Sarah Silverman says she is “lucky to be alive” after a life-threatening case of epiglottitis last week. After visiting the doctor for a ...

Making Peace with Bacteria--for Good Health

Lauren Walker | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Lauren Walker

With the recent confirmation of the first U.S. case of truly antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, public health officials' concerns regarding ove...

Could Infections Cause Alzheimer's?

Health.com | Posted 05.31.2016 | Home
Health.com

A study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggests that the plaques -- made of a protein called amyloid beta -- may actually have a role after all, possibly in fighting off infection, and that Alzheimer's may be an unwelcome result of this legitimate purpose.

Messing With Your Immune System: Another Reason to Protect Yourself From the Sun

Adam Friedman, MD FAAD | Posted 04.25.2016 | Home
Adam Friedman, MD FAAD

I get that it is hard to wrap your head around the long term effects of UVR exposure, such as wrinkles and skin cancer, especially for younger generations. But is it really that difficult to consider the immediate effects and impact from this immune suppression and resulting illness?

Get Tested for Sexually-Transmitted Infections

Brandon Brown | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
Brandon Brown

April is STD Awareness Month. The new term for STD is STI -- sexually transmitted infection -- to focus on the infection rather than the disease it could lead to. One way to mark the occasion is to get tested for HIV and thus help eradicate the stigma.

Far Too Many Endoscope-Related Infections

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 04.04.2016 | Home
Michael D. Shaw

We're hearing these stories way too often: Based on information gleaned from a MAUDE Adverse Event Report filed in January, eight patients were infected with E. coli following an endoscopic procedure. Two of the patients died.

C-Section Infection Risks and How to Avoid Them

Phyllis Greenberger | Posted 08.22.2016 | Home
Phyllis Greenberger

In the busy, challenging days after childbirth, it is critical that a mother is able to heal and recover as quickly as possible in order to care for her new baby.

Tiny Quantum Dots May Spell Doom For Deadly Superbug Infections

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Home

Does nanotechnology hold the key to stopping antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the deadly infections they cause? Scientists in Colorado think it just ...

No Z-Pak for You!*

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

Don't get me wrong. Antibiotics are great. But our use of antibiotics -- often overuse, misuse or unnecessary use -- has contributed to antibiotic resistance. It is a global public health emergency.

Scientists Concerned About Use Of Antibiotics To Treat MRSA Superbug

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.13.2015 | Home

The antibiotic most commonly used to treat MRSA may actually make the infection worse, a new study finds. The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus -- known...

Surgical Infections: Evolving Solutions

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

This is a question your surgeon never wants to hear, much less have to answer. Why? Because no one knows the answer for sure. Here's why, and what to do if infection happens.

How to Stop Your Body From Attacking Itself

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Julie Chen, M.D.

The immune system is your body's first line of defense against illness. It sends out cells to destroy invaders like bacteria and viruses. But for some people, this system turns on them, attacking healthy tissues and organs.