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Infectious Diseases

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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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.

Why This Doctor Believes That Ebola Will Not Be an American Catastrophe

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.21.2014 | Science
Dr. Faheem Younus

Calm down, people! Yes, Ebola is devastating, and it may continue to gnaw at Africa and the developing world, but it won't turn into an American catastrophe. Let me explain why I believe we will win this battle.

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.

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.

Two Crises Cry Out for a 'Manhattan Project': Climate Change and Ebola

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.

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...

Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Through Ebola's Eyes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Predictably, this one case diagnosed here in the U.S. has resulted in a media feeding frenzy, rumination, recrimination, and the familiar blend of hyberbole and hysteria that tends to populate those infamous 15 minutes during which any given crisis holds our attention.

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

Ravaging Infectious Disease And A Muted Media

Amy Wu | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Amy Wu

The book poses questions that the public, government officials and especially the press should consider as new infectious diseases emerge. How are the stories of these diseases told within the context of the present, and what are the lasting lessons can be learned from 1918?

Knowledge About Ebola Empowers Us

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Oftentimes people do not realize that our fear overwhelms us because ignorance overtakes us. Often, others -- maybe the media -- play on our fears to get our attention about a disease, but do not do a good enough job to educate and empower us.

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.