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A Measles Outbreak Is Growing In Arizona

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.20.2016 | Healthy Living

An outbreak of measles in Arizona may continue to spread, health officials warn. The infectious virus was first detected at a federal detention center...

G7, We Can Prevent Pandemics

Jonathan D. Quick | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Jonathan D. Quick

Pandemics are back on the agenda for the 2016 G7 Summit, which convenes this week in Ise-Shima Japan. The Group of Seven is expected to further its commitments to global health security.

The U.S. Will Probably Have At Least One Zika Virus Outbreak

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is likely to see outbreaks of the Zika virus, with perhaps dozens or scores of people affect...

Zika Virus May Also Cause Stillbirths

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living

The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babie...

Zika Was First Discovered in 1947. Why Is it Now a Threat?

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 02.22.2017 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

The race for a vaccine has started, and several companies have already announced a schedule to begin human trials in the near future. Unlike HIV, for which making a vaccine has turned out much more challenging than originally anticipated, the genome of the Zika virus is not very diverse.

How Zika Reveals Our Vulnerability To Many Diseases

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Like everyone else who has heard the news about it, I find the rapid spread of the Zika virus extremely alarming. The newly recognized capacity of thi...

Getting on the List, or Not

Dane Steele Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

Throw in the fact that we are bombarded with opinions and personal takes and tweets and carefully edited YouTube videos presented as fact and it is a wonder anybody leaves the house, much less goes on vacation.

Kentucky Snags Title of First Southern State to Legalize Syringe Exchange

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com Just weeks ago no Southern state had ever legalized syringe exchange. Not only that, but most of the Bible belt looked y...

Ebola, the News Cycle, and the Affliction of Short Attention Spans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Real problems, in the real world, are rarely solved by either the excessively afflicted or the unduly comfortable. Real problems, like Ebola, tend to populate the space between cause for panic and allowance for apathy. Real solutions, whatever the headlines, tend to reside there as well.

Ebola Survivors Are Feared, Even Though They're Instrumental In Stopping The Disease

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact

In Sierra Leone, 76 percent of households said they would not welcome someone who was infected with Ebola back into their community -- even if that pe...

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

When Social Kills

David Sable | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
David Sable

My fear is that we are beginning to look at our personal technology as a totem. The kind of totem that people once thought (and some still do) protected them from bullets or arrows or bears -- bottom line: an unnatural death.

How Authorities Are Bracing For The Next Ebola

Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living

By Allyn Gaestel for OZY Can the global health system stop Ebola? The answer has more to do with Samuel Kazirharo than you might expect. Kazirah...

Hope in the Time of Ebola

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

It has been an outbreak of terrible human suffering. Sadly, there will be a great deal more suffering before this outbreak is over. But every day there are more reasons to be hopeful.

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.

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

New Findings From First CDC Report on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first comprehensive report on the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 12 and sickened 137. There is much news for us.

Diagnosing and Treating Fungal Meningitis

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

As the number of deaths from fungal meningitis mounts, many people want to know how fungal meningitis is diagnosed and treated.

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.

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...

The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism

Seth Mnookin | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Seth Mnookin

The seemingly never-ending contraction of the media industry has resulted in a shedding of specialists in every journalistic medium. That does not, however, mean that the public's hunger for information about science, medicine and technology is shrinking.

Lynne Peeples

Exotic Dangers: Could The Global Pet Trade Import The Next Pandemic?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. Dr. Anthony Pilny had just fin...

Not in My Back Yard -- And Not in Yours

Dr. Lynn C. Klotz | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Dr. Lynn C. Klotz

Investigations of such deadly pathogens as SARS should be conducted only in highest-security BSL-4 labs, tucked away in remote locations where any accident can be quickly contained.

Shingles: Can Adults Protect Themselves From a Pox They Hoped to Leave to Childhood?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

For roughly one in four to one in five people over their lifetime, the chickenpox virus recurs as shingles, a painful, blistering rash that usually attacks one side of the body.

Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

The CDC says that 200 cases of salmonella eggs were reported weekly in recent months around the country. So why is this only now being reported?