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Infectious Diseases

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

Lynne Peeples

The Critical Question We're Not Asking About The Ebola Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green

The ebola outbreak in West Africa has the world on edge: Will the virus spill into new communities? Will it cross more borders? Even oceans? How can c...

Central African Republic and Its Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and poverty reinforce each other through mechanisms that involve reductions in workforce, food insecurity, and the health of girls and women.

Ebola Outbreak Spreads Across Three Countries: What Do Travelers Need to Know?

Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil.

Business travelers and expatriates (and their family members) need not only concern themselves with the risk of acquiring Malaria or Dengue Fever when entering endemic regions.

Did the Cold Cause My Cold?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

As an infectious disease doctor, I felt a little embarrassed that I didn't know the definitive answer to this simple question. Especially since I repeatedly rebuke my teenage children for not taking a jacket to school or wearing socks and a sweater at home.

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...

Philippines Second Wave: Typhoon TB

Kari Stoever | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Kari Stoever

Infectious diseases often create a second wave of disaster. Lack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon.

The Age of Contagion

Dr. Lonnie J. King | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Lonnie J. King

The effects of converging people, animals and their products in a planetary mixing bowl have created a new and profound dynamic in our 21st Century. Animals, people and the environment are now elaborately woven together as never before, and our lives are being changed forever by these new levels of human and animal interaction in a deteriorating environment.

Interview With a Zombie: Insights Into Pandemics

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 12.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Kids are back in school sharing their germs, flu season has begun, millions of people have just returned home from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and...

What Are the Chances of a Devastating Pandemic Occurring in the Next 50 Years?

Quora | Posted 10.29.2013 | Science
Quora

Fairly likely. And it's easy to see why. There are a few facets of modern society that make a devastating pandemic not only possible, but likely.

Deadly MERS Mystery Maybe Solved: Bats One Up Camels

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Even if we find the MERS virus living naturally in bats, we do not know how the bug gets into humans -- and luckily it's an extremely rare event.

Three Disturbing Trends That Can Land Your Teen in the ER... Or Worse

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Parents
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Sometimes I have to ask myself on an ER shift where do they come up with this stuff! The longer I practice the more crazy things I see, and now that I have a 16-year-old I find myself discussing things I never thought I would have to, let alone to a teenager, such as "don't drink hand sanitizers!"

Do You Know Your Future Self? Your Health Depends On It

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Research shows that if you are disconnected from an idea of yourself in the future, you are more likely to be a victim of temporal discounting when it comes to health behavior.

Lynne Peeples

Bats And Man: Our Love-Hate Relationship

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.14.2013 | Green

NEW YORK -- A projected image of baby bats swaddled in blankets earned a collective "awww" from the audience. It apparently came as a welcome reprieve...

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

Arms Race -- Getting Ahead of Killer Microbes

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 07.30.2013 | Science
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The basic tools of disease tracking and data analysis -- which CDC's disease detectives and others relied on to eradicate smallpox, identify Legionnaires' disease, and stop SARS -- remain essential. But they are no longer enough.

'Old Fashioned' Diseases That Are Making A Comeback

Posted 05.01.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul Here's what you should know about four retro diseases that are still around -- and a fifth that's back with a vengeance. 1. The ...

Dentist May Have Exposed Patients To 'Infectious Materials'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living

The Arkansas Department of Health warns that approximately 100 patients who visited Dr. William Jarrod Stewart for dental treatments during a three-mo...

Have Deadly Viruses Finally Met Their Match?

Posted 03.21.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/21/2013 12:05 PM EDT on LiveScience A single compound could stop several viruses, including ...

Lynne Peeples

Hitchcock Horror: Bird And Rat Infestations Raise Disease Risks, Climate Change Concerns

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.21.2013 | Green

When Rick Ostfeld heard about the sky-darkening flocks of birds descending this winter on Hopkinsville, Ky., he couldn't help but think of Alfred Hitc...

Resettled Rats Torment New Yorkers In Sandy's Wake; EPA To Ban D-Con Rat Poisons

Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.09.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome again to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback or ideas for environmental health topics via email or Twitter. As Hurricane Sa...

If Murder Can Be Tracked Like an Infectious Disease, Should Failing Schools Be, Too?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Currently, we tend to (overly) assign individual causes to the symptoms of whole-school or single-child success in school. A growing chorus of educators and communities, however, recognize there is a complex constellation of forces impacting every child's capacity to learn and grow.

WATCH: How Rats Pose Health Risk After Hurricane Sandy

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

As New York City begins to recover from Hurricane Sandy, one growing concern is the spread of disease from the city's sprawling rat population. HuffP...

Lynne Peeples

Rise Of The Rats: Hurricane Sandy Could Displace Urban Rats, Spread Infectious Disease

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.01.2012 | Green

The 8-million-strong human population of New York City is matched, if not exceeded, by the city's number of rodent dwellers. Fortunately, the two popu...

Did Obamacare Help or Harm the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation in Tennessee?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

As infectious disease doctors, we routinely care for patients with meningitis, but never have we treated a case of aspergillus meningitis, the type of fungal infection that has caused more than a dozen deaths and sickened nearly 200 people in Tennessee and other states.