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Infectious Diseases

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 03.19.2015 | 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.

Lynne Peeples

'Too Gross For Words': Sewage Still Spews Into Waterways As Clean Water Act Turns 40

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.27.2012 | Green

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- With each steady stroke, John Lipscomb inched the canoe deeper into an infamous urban waterway. The water surrounding the boat grew ...

Disease Outbreak Risks Rise As More Private School Students Opt Out Of Vaccines

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than thei...

How Infectious Would a Contagion Have To Be To Cause a Serious Zombie Pandemic?

Quora | Posted 10.15.2012 | Science
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Robyn Correll Carlyle, MPH There are several factors that determine how quickly a zombie disease wo...

Lynne Peeples

The New 'Dust Bowl': Are Dust Storms Stirring Up Disease?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green

Scientists are predicting that the frequency of dust storms, on the rise in the last few years, will continue to increase. Some have also suggested th...

Lynne Peeples

The Mosquito Wars: As West Nile Risks Rise, So Do Pesticide Attacks

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green

It's raining from the skies above Sacramento, Calif., and Miami. It's blasting out the back of trucks in Chicago and shooting from backpack-mounted gu...

Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.

Lynne Peeples

Disease-Carrying Ticks, 'Kissing Bugs' Soar As Climate Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.05.2012 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. Darren Collins doesn't know li...

Measles: Back To The Future Of Public Health?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.24.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If measles does make a meaningful comeback, it would imply public health is sliding back as we head into the future. We don't want to go there.

To Be Rare Or to Be Neglected: For a Disease, That Is the Question

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Layla McCay

In terms of the science, it seems that "rare diseases" are more likely to be neglected than so-called "neglected tropical diseases." Perhaps in terms of NTDs, it's not the diseases but the people who have been neglected?

Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever: As the Climate Changes, a Deadly Disease Is on the Rise

Daphne Wysham | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Daphne Wysham

I recently returned to my childhood home in India for a final walk down memory lane. But in ways unexpected, it brought home to me how our planetary fever is inflicting a deadly fever on those least to blame for it.

Lynne Peeples

Bioterror Death Germs Thrive In Labs, Nature, As U.S. Funding Withers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.10.2012 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. In early October 2001, just da...

New Study Suggests Surprising Cause Of Obesity

Posted 02.03.2012 | Science

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 02/03/2012 09:08 AM EST on MyHealthNewsDaily We've heard obesity can be "sp...

Sorry, But Bird Flu Bioterrorism Is Much Harder Than It Sounds

Scott Thill | Posted 03.25.2012 | Science
Scott Thill

It may be more of an existential threat than current global pandemics like AIDS or climate change, but it doesn't make it a workable bioweapon.

Lynne Peeples

Still Deadly After Death: 'Bushmeat' Trade May Import Disease

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.12.2012 | Green

Thousands of pounds of primate parts, rodents and other dry, smoked or raw animals -- so-called "bushmeat" -- are smuggled into the United States as f...

Lynne Peeples

Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals Still Broadly Unaddressed Despite 'Fanfare' For FDA Move

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2012 | Green

The Food and Drug Administration's latest move concerning the use of antibiotics in farm animals garnered a good deal of praise last week, but public ...