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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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.

Is Our Indifference Making Us Sick?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Currently the NIH is exploring new approaches to getting more people tested, diagnosed early and put on treatment and into ongoing care. Many believe that getting early treatment is conducive to stopping HIV's spread.

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 disco...

A Disease a Day Doesn't Keep Panic Away

Theresa MacPhail | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Theresa MacPhail

So instead of fear mongering, or using fear to garner public support for public health programs and responses, maybe we should start appealing to common sense. We shouldn't always need to be terrified into action.

Vaccines Protect Our Kids and Our Communities

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

I believe passionately that we need to raise our kids in a world where they can thrive and be protected from preventable illnesses that threaten their health and even their lives.

A Plague From Last Century Speaks Loudly in the Present

Tamar Abrams | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

My grandmother, who lived well into her 90s, contracted tuberculosis as a young mother. She spent several lonely years in Saranac Lake, New York while...

Measles In The Magic Kingdom? It's A Small World, After All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If you choose to avoid standard, recommended vaccines such as measles, you are not merely putting your own health at risk -- you are choosing to do the same for all the rest of us. Sorry, folks, but that's the harsh reality.

What The NHL Mumps Outbreak Teaches Us About Immunity

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 12.26.2014 | Healthy Living

The unprecedented outbreak of mumps -- a contagious and occasionally dangerous virus -- in a professional sports league, the NHL, has led to player qu...

"Justice for All" Should Embrace Black America's Neglected Health Disparities

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Black Voices
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

This weekend's protest march in Washington DC highlighted an urgent need for dialogue and concrete steps to repair important national racial divides, yet an important one barely mentioned were disparities in health.

Climate Change Means Greater Risk Of Dengue Fever

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, Dec 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large parts of Europe, West and Central Africa, and South America face ...

Combatting Ebola and Infectious Disease Long-Term

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

It may seem premature to address our capacity to deal with these challenges long-term when the immediate needs in West Africa are so great, but the long-term action may be needed sooner than we think and the short-term solutions could well be the first bricks in the that foundation.

Carolyn Gregoire

Could Depression Be Caused By A Virus?

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living

We know that the brains of people with depression are different from the brains of healthy people in both their chemical balance and structure, but de...

Lynne Peeples

Researchers Find Bed Bugs Could Carry A Deadly Disease

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green

As bed bug infestations have continued to crop up in firehouses, schools, movie theaters and homes across the country, a team of researchers is now wa...

Lynne Peeples

Ebola's True Toll Is Still Untallied As Another Deadly Fever Looms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green

Dr. Ross Donaldson recalls traveling around the Sierra Leone city of Kenema a decade ago, "telling people not to eat rats." The multimammate rat, w...

Safely Living With Pets: Don't Let Your Pet Lick Your Face and Other Helpful Tips

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 01.04.2015 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Am I concerned that I may catch a disease from my pet? Yes, as a practicing veterinarian I am acutely aware of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, called zoonotic diseases.

Worry, Don't Be Happy: How We Decide What's Dangerous

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The desire to seal off borders and quarantine the health care workers is driven to a large extent by our ancestral behavioral immune system. Cues that once improved survival have become maladaptive behaviors in our contemporary world.

Lynne Peeples

Why Scapegoating Bats Is A Big Mistake For Human Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green

Even before allegations emerged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak may have originated in bats, public opinion of the animal was hardly glowing. Years ...

The Scariest Job In America

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business

Americans think being a politician is scarier than being a mortician or an infectious disease doctor. In fact, there's no job in the U.S. that workers fear more than being an elected official, according to a nationwide survey by CareerBuilder.

Putting Ebola In America In Perspective

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Although Ebola is a frightening virus, we need to keep it in perspective. The odds are extremely low that Americans will contract this terrible disease. Instead, what the general public needs to be concerned about at this time of the year is this: the flu.

Ebola and Public Health Versus the 'Bottom Line'

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

If Ebola continued as confined outbreaks for a limited time, a patent for a drug to treat it, or a vaccine to prevent it, might not feed the corporate bottom line. So we have waited for a desperate crisis when a cure might bring enough profit to light up the bottom line.

Lessons from Multidrug-Resistant TB on How Evidence can Catalyse Policy Change

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

We need to increase financial commitment by both the public and the private sectors and strengthen the provision of high-quality TB care by all providers to accelerate TB control today.