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How Did That Pesky Virus End Up in Our DNA?

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 05.27.2016 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

I found this possibility intriguing both from a scientific point of view as well as a sci-fi point of view: there are plenty of books out there on zombies and aliens, but what about ancient viruses that thawed from the ice thanks to global warming?

Are We Prepared for Emerging Infectious Diseases?

Medical Discovery News | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

In the past several years, we have heard a lot about infectious microbes threatening the public health of all Americans. Some of the names of these agents seemed foreign at first but are familiar now - Ebola, MERS and Zika. But are these really new viruses causing disease?

Ice Caps Melt, Prehistoric Virus Escapes. No, It's Not a Movie.

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 05.15.2016 | Science
Elena E. Giorgi

The ice caps will melt. Big deal, we already knew that. But have you ever thought of the stuff trapped in that ice that's going to thaw? What if some of that stuff isn't really dead, just dormant, waiting to come back? Sounds like fiction, but it's not.

Zika -- An Underestimated Danger

Elena Ulansky | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Elena Ulansky

While the danger of the Zika virus has been recognized in Brazil and throughout Latin America, this threat is just beginning to be understood in the U.S.

Looming U.S. Zika Threat Highlights Perennial Low-Birth Weight Crisis for Black Moms

Catherine Cubbin | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Catherine Cubbin

As Zika makes its way north, pregnant women should be concerned about small babies, not only small heads. Despite being world-class and first-rate in every way, for at least a century, the United States has been satisfied in accepting the fact that some newborn babies just won't make it, especially black ones.

Sleeping With Ebola

Medical Discovery News | Posted 04.06.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

It was thought that once you survived the infection, you could not infect other people and you were immune against the virus in the future. However, we have learned that once you have become infected with the Ebola virus, you are not free of the virus when your symptoms disappear.

Liberia Suffers New Ebola Death Months After Outbreak Declared Over

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.01.2016 | World

MONROVIA, April 1 (Reuters) - A woman has died of Ebola in Liberia, months after the West African nation was declared free of the virus and weeks afte...

The fight against TB shifts to fixing the immune system, not only bacteria

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Mohlopheni Marakalala, University of Cape Town Tuberculosis (TB) has managed to remain a major global health problem, despite 100 years of research a...

When Viral Becomes Infectious

David Sable | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
David Sable

Make me a Viral!! No - this is not a spell from a Harry Potter story or the theme from the latest zombie movie. Rather, it is an often-heard demand m...

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

Elena E. Giorgi | Posted 02.22.2016 | 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.

Why You Aren't Losing When I'm Winning: Zapping the Zero Sum Virus

Miriam Ava | Posted 02.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

And isn't it funny that zapping the zero sum virus happens through love, not war. See for yourself. Play with joy. Share with your friends and family. Let it ripple outward. The power to transform things has been in us all along. It's time to appreciate it.

How Will You Protect Moms and Babies From Zika?

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

Avoiding exposure is best. When traveling to areas where Zika has been reported, take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites including the use of EPA-approved bug spray with DEET, covering exposed skin, staying in air-conditioned or screened-in areas and treating clothing with permethrin.

The American Zika Virus Threat: What You Need to Know

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.29.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Zika virus (Zv) infects people via daytime mosquitoes carrying it, and rarely via sex with infected partners. Mosquitoes can bite infected people and then bite others, transmitting Zv to new people.

CDC Issues Guidance On How To Care For Babies With Zika Virus

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Tuesday issued interim guidelines for health care professionals in the United States...

Young & Entrepreneurial: How to Scale an Anti-Virus Security Startup Into s Million Dollar Company in College

David Ongchoco | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
David Ongchoco

For most entrepreneurs, the Internet and technology allows them to solve problems they come across. However, for some entrepreneurs like Marcin Kleczynski, the Internet and technology becomes the source of the problem one decides to take on.

Grandma's Winter Health Advice: When Was She Right?

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Before there was "Dr. Google," there was "Dr. Grandma". Even though these women didn't typically go to medical school, they often had good advice -- such as "eat your vegetables," and "go out and play." But when it came to health advice during the winter months, it's a mixed bag.

Abortion?

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 12.21.2015 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

The abortion debate over the last 50 years can be summarized as the entrenchment of both sides, abortionists and antiabortionists, without any signs o...

This New Technology May Hold Clues To Stopping Viruses

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.09.2015 | Science

Viruses can spontaneously self-assemble in large numbers, but how exactly they assemble has left scientists scratching their heads. Now, an internatio...

Do You Really Need To Get a Flu Shot?

Thrillist | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Thrillist

These PSAs make it seem like getting a flu shot is easy and obvious, but every year, the majority of American adults choose NOT to make that long, difficult trek to the pharmacy on the corner. So should you? We won't tell you what to do, but we'll help you think through it.

Walking Dead: Rorschach Test for Faith

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

Our core cast of characters in The Walking Dead, have more going on than solely surviving. And that is why we love them and root for them and suffer when they suffer.

'Is Mommy Okay?'

Kristie Stumpf Rork | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristie Stumpf Rork

Luckily, there are vaccines that prevent these viruses, and many others, from destroying our children. Vaccines that keep our families safe and intact. So no parent has to worry about whether their child will die, or worse, be permanently disabled by a preventable disease.

Misconception Monday: Viruses Are Not Omnipotent, Part 1

Ann Reid | Posted 06.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Ann Reid

Back in the day, when I was the kind of scientist who worked in a lab, I spent seven years deciphering the genetic sequence of the 1918 influenza viru...

5 More Cases Of MERS Confirmed In South Korea

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2016 | World

SEOUL, June 3 (Reuters) - South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early...

Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate

Aileen M. Marty | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Aileen M. Marty

Prevention is not only the least expensive form of medicine and the healthiest, it is also the friendliest and most neighborly. Be a good neighbor and enjoy your summer -- get vaccinated.

The "First Replicon" on Earth? A Chat With Virologist Ricardo Flores

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.02.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Ricardo Flores thinks viruses may be "the most important faction of the [planet's] biomass" and that a viroid-like entity is a prime candidate for the first replicon on Earth. Viroids are subviral world parasites, non-protein coding RNAs. Excerpts of our interview follow.