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Infectious Diseases

Ebola's forgotten victims - what we can learn from them and what we can do

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.25.2017 | Healthy Living
The Conversation Global

A hospital nurse checks the temperature of all visitors in Conakry (Guinea) in 2014, at the height of the Ebola epidemic. Marie-Agnès Heine/OMS, CC B...

Fixing Our National Infrastructure Requires Fixing Our Science Infrastructure

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 10.19.2016 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

Congress has finally approved a stop gap spending bill that provides funding -- $1.1 billion - to fight the Zika virus. The money comes at the same time that new Zika transmission zones have been found in Florida and the first group of babies of mothers in Puerto Rico known to have been exposed to the virus in their first trimester are being born.

Concerns Over Proposed Rule Changes For Preventing Spread of Infectious Diseases

Healthline | Posted 10.14.2016 | Healthy Living

To federal officials, it's a way to provide greater transparency and efficiency in the way the United States tries to prevent infectious diseases from...

Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Best Buy in Global Health

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 10.12.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

One of the lesser known success stories in global health is about the progress we have made over the past decade in controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases or NTDs. And yes, the term "neglected" is there for a reason: because these diseases affect the poorest of the poor and have endured largely due to indifference and neglect.

A top 10 list waiting to save lives!

Medical Discovery News | Posted 09.29.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog Sometimes I have to remind myself we are in the 21st Century when I hear that infectious diseases are a lea...

Vulnerable Kids Everywhere Need Their Health Shots

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 09.15.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

In any setting, funding the supply and delivery of vaccines is a proven way to save lives. And with millions of children on the move, the stakes could not be higher.

Human Vs. Pathogen: The Art Of Battling Infectious Disease

John Aitchison | Posted 09.06.2016 | Science
John Aitchison

Today, science is propelling new discoveries every day that hold the potential to save lives. We know the great influence we can have when more of us pay attention and raise our voice.

Why Is An Obscure Study About Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria So Popular Online?

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.02.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Scientific American is among the many mainstream outlets that discussed the findings, which may represent a major step in making the ever-gray world of Lyme disease science more black and white.

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

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 08.03.2016 | 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 02.19.2017 | 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 02.16.2017 | 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 01.27.2017 | 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 01.13.2017 | 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.