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What Is Life?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.07.2016 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Zombies and the walking dead make for good copy, but do little to advance our understanding of life and death. Unfortunately, neither did the National Geographic with a cover article entitled, "The Science of Death: Coming Back from the Beyond."

Zika Virus: Why Does a New or Old Virus Emerge Every Few Years?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

So yet again, as a new virus emerges we need to be concerned but not panic. We need to use our knowledge to help overcome our fears.

The Good Side of Viruses

Medical Discovery News | Posted 02.03.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

While we have extensively studied the role of bacteria that call our bodies' home, we have yet to achieve that level of understanding with viruses. In...

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

Vincent Racaniello | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Vincent Racaniello

The rapid spread of Zika virus through the Americas, together with the association of infection with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, have propelled this previously ignored virus into the limelight. So what is this virus and where did it come from?

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I think we need to change the phrase "breed like rabbits" to "breed like humans," as no other species on this planet even comes close to the human reproduction rate. As our population grows, available land shrinks and more and more people are forced to live in crowded, urbanized environments, a situation ripe for the easy spread and emergence of infectious agents.

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.

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...

'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.

Neuroscientist David Edelman on Paradigm Shift (YES) and Origin of '3D Organismal Form'

Suzan Mazur | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

"The eye in the octopus is a perfect entrée to the notion of a sophisticated suite of neural function and behaviors that in many ways seem to converge in nature and complexity on those of vertebrates."

Riding the Evolution Paradigm Shift With Eugene Koonin

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.07.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Eugene Koonin is director of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as its senior investigator. He is also senior investigator at the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

František Baluška: Evolutionary Science 'Stuck' on Wrong Track, Situation 'Out of Control'

Suzan Mazur | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Plants arrive much later in evolutionary history than animals -- hundreds of millions of years later. And Baluška thinks they arose as a result of the symbiosis of fungi and algae. He argues, contrary to the standard view, that rooted plants are not "advanced algae."

The 7 Germiest Items You Probably Touch Every Single Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Linda Rodgers | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com You expect germs to lurk in the obvious places—the toilet bowl, the trashcans, the floors. But there’s a slew of ...

2014: The Year of the Virus

Joan B. Rose | Posted 03.14.2015 | Science
Joan B. Rose

The year of the virus may just turn into the Decade of The Virus. A major effort is needed in the scientific community to educate a global cadre of the next generation of virologists, to explore and to illuminate the world of viruses as we learn about who they are, what they are doing and how we control them.

What You Are Not Hearing About Ebola

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

At least 30 experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the ...

I on Beauty: Chapter 9: Illnesses You Should Worry About More than Ebola

Irene Michaels | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Irene Michaels

The biggest news outlets have been reeling with Ebola horror stories for weeks now, and while this terrible virus is certainly cause for alarm in West Africa (and precaution elsewhere), the risk to North Americans currently remains quite low.

What Next For The Ebola Outbreak? Here's What The Math Says

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science

Everyone's talking about Ebola--and no wonder, now that the deadly disease has been diagnosed in the U.S. for the first time ever. Will the mini-o...

Anna Almendrala

The Key To Fighting Ebola May Come From A Tobacco Plant

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

If the experimental Ebola therapy ZMapp proves effective, defeating a rare and deadly virus won’t be the only reason the drug is groundbreaking. It ...

WATCH: The Real Reason We Still Don't Have A Vaccine For Ebola

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.30.2014 | Science

More than 600 people have died in a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus raging through Africa -- that even includes doctors caring for patients with th...

Lethal Virus Spreads In Middle East

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

Saudi Arabia on Sunday confirmed a surge of cases of a deadly virus in the kingdom over the past two weeks, even as it tried to counter criticism that...

Amanda L. Chan

You'll Want To Wash Your Hands Immediately After Reading This

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living

Germaphobes, maybe you're on to something. Sickness-causing bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces long after they're expelled in an infected p...

LOOK: Under The Microscope, Deadly Viruses Look Absolutely Stunning

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Infectious diseases like AIDS and hepatitis are never pretty. But the pathogens that cause many potentially deadly infections turn out to be absolutel...

At Least 320,000 Viruses Lurk in Mammals, Study Finds

Posted 09.04.2013 | Green

By Megan Gannon, LiveScience News Editor: From West Nile and Ebola to SARS and HIV, most of the emerging infectious diseases that plague humans tod...

7 Ways Your Daily Life Is Absolutely Disgusting

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 08.30.2013 | Healthy Living

There's really no way to avoid it: Life is gross. Even the most mundane things about your everyday life are, if not necessarily dangerous (though some...

Deadly MERS Mystery Maybe Solved: Bats One Up Camels

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Even if we find the MERS virus living naturally in bats, we do not know how the bug gets into humans -- and luckily it's an extremely rare event.

Weird Organism Points To 'Fourth Domain' Of Life

natureheader | Ed Yong | Posted 07.20.2013 | Science

The organism was initially called NLF, for “new life form”. Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, evolutionary biologists at Aix-Marseille Uni...