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Infectious Disease

Could Infections Cause Alzheimer's?

Health.com | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
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.

It's Here: A Mutant Superbug Has Been Discovered In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living

A mutant strain of E. coli, resistant to even the toughest antibiotics, has been found in the United States, federal health officials said Thursday. T...

Hawaii Declares State Of Emergency To Fight Dengue Fever And Zika (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 02.12.2016 | Healthy Living

UPDATE: Feb. 12 -- Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a statewide emergency proclamation on Friday to fight mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue fever...

Jamaica Advises Women To Delay Pregnancy Due To Zika Virus

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's health minister is advising women to delay plans to become pregnant for the next six to 12 months due to the mosqu...

Your State Likely Can't Handle An Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Infectious diseases kill tens of thousands of Americans every year and add millions of dollars to municipalities' financial burden, but the majority o...

What Everyone Needs To Know About Hawaii's Dengue Fever Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living

HONOLULU -- An outbreak of dengue fever on Hawaii's Big Island has grown into the largest episode of the mosquito-borne illness in the state since the...

France Detects First Bird Flu Outbreak In Years

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living

France, the European Union's biggest agriculture producer, reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens on Wednesday, its first ...

The Potential Disaster Bill Gates Is Working To Eliminate

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living

When it comes to the scary calamities that could befall humankind, Bill Gates isn't too worried about earthquakes, nuclear war or even a life-ending a...

The Road To Making Polio A Disease Of The Past

Yvonne Maldonado, MD | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Yvonne Maldonado, MD

We have already come a long way in reducing the total number of polio cases globally, and it is just a matter of time before polio is a disease of the past.

What We Should Do About Fears of Germs on the Subway

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"They're finding bubonic plague on the subway!" a friend recently said to me. "How afraid should I be?" Some subway riders are scared. The discove...

Gay Men May Soon Be Allowed to Give Blood If They're Celibate

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

According to government figures, men who have had sex with other men represent about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for at least 62 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S.

Worldwide Deaths From Malaria Drop By Nearly Half

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living

* Sharp fall in malaria deaths worldwide in 2000-2013 -WHO * Ebola-stricken countries vulnerable to malaria resurgence *...

Plague Plots: Dispatches from Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can a novel's depictions of healthcare workers in a plague-ravaged land inform our thinking about the lives of those who try to save lives?

What You Are Not Hearing About Ebola

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

At least 30 experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the ...

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?

Plague Plots - Dispatches from Gabriel García Márquez

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can the accounts and depictions transmitted by Love in the Time of Cholera help us cope with Ebola?

Why This Doctor Believes That Ebola Will Not Be an American Catastrophe

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.21.2014 | Science
Dr. Faheem Younus

Calm down, people! Yes, Ebola is devastating, and it may continue to gnaw at Africa and the developing world, but it won't turn into an American catastrophe. Let me explain why I believe we will win this battle.

Ask Healthy Living: Do Airplanes Make Us Sick?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

A Multi-Faceted Approach Is Needed to Fight Infectious Diseases

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

A study by the Washington-based Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has found that most U.S. states are underperf...

Infectious Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.

What are snakes good for? Fighting Lyme disease, for one

OnEarth | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jason Bittel, OnEarthThe only good snake is a dead snake. At least, that's what my high school friend said the time we went backpacking and he chop...

Rising Resistance: New Film Explores Superbug Spread As Health Concerns Grow

Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.28.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback via email or Twitter. A new documentary aims to address an issue that "affects milli...

What If We Eradicated All Infectious Disease?

Posted 09.15.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/11/2012 11:13 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's Little Mysteries provides exper...

Evolutionary Lessons From Superbugs

James A. Shapiro | Posted 03.09.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

The genetics and genomics of bacterial antibiotic resistance and virulence teach us some fundamentally important lessons about evolution. They also pose some significant challenges to scientific explanation.

Lynne Peeples

'Contagion' Connections: How Links Among Humans, Animals And The Environment May Be Spawning A New Class Of Infectious Diseases

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green

The first in a series investigating the complex linkages between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. Bronx Zoo pathologist ...