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Infectious Diseases

AIDS: We Must Not Forget

Thomas Kenyon M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 07.21.2016 | Impact
Thomas Kenyon M.D., M.P.H.

The world's top HIV/AIDS experts are gathering in Durban, South Africa for the 21st International AIDS Conference - a meeting that fills me with hope that an opportunity is at hand to finally get the disease under control, but it's an opportunity that is tempered with a little caution.

History In Medical Education And The Roots Of Knowledge

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

By Dr. Magdalena Slosar-Cheah I first became interested in the history of medicine in middle school, when my seventh-grade science teacher lent me he...

Does the UK comparatively underinvest in meningitis research?

Vinny Smith | Posted 07.08.2016 | Science
Vinny Smith

Recent research by the UK's Wellcome Trust 1 suggests that when it comes to infectious disease, the UK is not proportionately investing public funds i...

What The CDC Is Doing About The Zika Virus

Quora | Posted 06.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Quora

Could the Zika problem in the US become as bad as its been in certain places outside the US? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing netw...

New Insurance To Help Poor Countries Tackle Pandemics Like Ebola, Zika

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact

A new tool aims to help poor countries manage epidemics, before they devastate their health and finances. The World Bank recently launched the “Pand...

Hepatitis C Is Killing Americans in Record Numbers While Patients Cannot Access Life Saving Medicine

David Rein | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
David Rein

With greater attention to hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment we hopefully can turn the tide of preventable hepatitis C deaths.

Why Mosquitoes Are So Obsessed with Humans -- and Why It Matters

Ashley Vaughan | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Ashley Vaughan

All of us encounter a pesky mosquito from time to time. For most people, it's little more than a momentary nuisance. A nip, a few days of itching, and we move on with our lives. Many people don't get by so easily, unfortunately.

Climate Change and the Migration of Infectious Disease

Dr. Bill Miller | Posted 04.20.2016 | Science
Dr. Bill Miller

That best means would be to concentrate on the remediation of infectious disease. This can be accomplished by mosquito nets, removal of standing water sources in endemic regions, research into improved treatments and vaccines, and a deeper understanding of the reproductive cycle of vector insects or other intermediary hosts.

Trump Is Right About One Thing: Shaking Hands Is Kinda Gross

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.07.2016 | Science

Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and... germaphobe? The Republican front-runner has called himself a "cle...

Rabies Just Can't Get Any Respect

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 04.04.2016 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

After poisoning my victims' minds, I make my way to their salivary glands. I make my victims want to bite. I make them scream. I make them fear water so much that they panic and sometimes violently shake at the sight of liquid.

Lyme: Fight Harder For Science and End This War

Dana Parish | Posted 03.25.2016 | Science
Dana Parish

I just had a flashback. When I was diagnosed with Lyme, I knew little about it. I went to the first infectious disease doctor with my bullseye still ...

TB: Researchers Look for New Tools to Fight Ancient Foe

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 03.24.2016 | Science
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Tuberculosis (TB) is an ancient disease that has afflicted humans since the dawn of civilization and remains very much with us even now. In fact, more people will probably die from TB in 2016 than from any other single infectious disease, with HIV a close second.

Post-Charlie Sheen Diagnosis Spike in Internet Searches Shows Lull in HIV/AIDS Awareness

Joseph T. Spadafino | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Joseph T. Spadafino

Whether it's bus advertisements providing information on where to get tested, in-school educational campaigns, or televised public service announcements advocating for safer sex, HIV won't go anywhere unless we all treat it like the monster that it is.

Lyme: The Infectious Disease Equivalent of Cancer, Says Top Duke Oncologist

Dana Parish | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Dana Parish

Dr. Neil Spector is a leader in applying translational research to the clinical development of molecularly targeted personalized cancer therapies. Here, he shares his story, explains what Lyme and cancer have in common, and encourages us with his vision for the future.

A Big Week for Lyme Disease Patient and Physician Rights

David Michael Conner | Posted 02.17.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

As evidenced by the recent Virginia legislation and the removal of IDSA Lyme guidelines from the federal database used by physicians, patients often have to be their own best health advocates, but they can only do so when they have information. We need to do better.

Zika, Vaccines and Climate Change: Convergence of Right and Left Extremism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Consider two people circumnavigating the globe at the equator from the same starting point but moving in opposite directions; the two points furthest apart converge at the end where the journey began; so too here with anti-science zealotry on left and right: They merge together in a bond of extremism. Nowhere can this circle of delusion be seen better than with the emergence of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause devastating brain damage in newborns.

The Drug Resistant Killers

Nana Taona Kuo | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Nana Taona Kuo

Every five minutes a child in Southeast Asia dies from an infection caused by drug-resistant bacteria -- a situation that is likely to get worse.

Cost of Medicines

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Unless the public is outraged and raises a voice with Congress, the pharmaceutical companies will continue to reap a profit at the cost of patients' pain -- both physical and financial.

Infectious Diseases Are More Closely Linked to Sex and Gender Than We Think

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 11.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

Differences in infectious diseases between women and men are commonly thought to develop from lifestyle choices ranging from food choices, day-to-day activities, type of occupation, choosing to smoke, or even whether you choose to see a medical professional when you get sick.

Urban Fringes Are Hot Spots for Emergence of Infectious Disease, Vietnam Bird Flu Study Confirms

East-West Center | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science
East-West Center

A new study led by East-West Center researchers and funded by the National Science Foundation has confirmed suspicions that "peri-urban" areas at the outer fringes of cities are particular hot spots for the emergence of animal-to-human infectious diseases.

Tick-ing Time Bomb: Lyme Disease Conquers New Territory

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

A recent CDC study reported that in 2013, there were 260 counties throughout the United States that experienced double the number of Lyme Disease cases expected, up from 130 a decade earlier.

What a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Would Look Like

Sean Palfrey MD | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Sean Palfrey MD

Physicians and health professionals have lowered the rates of many deadly infectious diseases by instituting careful, data-driven, broadly-instituted approaches like hand-washing, universal vaccination, and food and drug quality laws. We need to consider firearms and bullets as pathogens, similar to the smallpox virus and its disease, smallpox.

Surprised by MERS Again? The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Asia

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 06.12.2016 | World
Dr. William Karesh

It's hard to believe but I first posted the article that this is adapted from almost two years ago to the day. Little has changed other than Ebola drawing the world's attention away from MERS until a new and significant outbreak erupted in east Asia three weeks ago after being introduced by a traveler returning from the Middle-East.

Growing Threat of Lyme Disease in a Hotter World

Jonathan Galland | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Galland

With 2014 the hottest year on record, the impact of an already warmer world is putting our health at risk through the spread of ticks that carry disease. Can we afford to allow the planet to keep getting warmer, with projections for the expansion of ticks and lyme disease set to spiral out of control?

Close the Immunization Gap! Get Vaccinated

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Until the second half of the 20th century, the only way a child could become immune to infectious diseases like whooping cough or measles was to actually get the disease and survive it. Too often, however, infection led to tragic, premature death.