Infectious Diseases

  • Researchers Map Disease-Causing Pathogens
    Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time mapped human disease-causing pathogens, dividing the world into a number of regions where similar diseases occur. The findings show that the world can be separated into seven regions for vectored human ...More
    December 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Climate Change Will Slow China's Progress in Reducing Infectious Diseases
    China has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two decades. However, in a study published in the latest edition of Nature ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Understanding Disease Outbreaks
    Disease outbreaks can come on suddenly or slowly over time, and one University of Alabama at Birmingham global health expert says the heightened sense of awareness they cause is warranted. Currently making headlines is the Ebola virus, which causes a severe, often fatal ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • Criminal Profiling Technique Targets Killer Diseases
    A mathematical tool used by the Metropolitan Police and FBI has been adapted by researchers at Queen Mary University of London to help control outbreaks of malaria, and has the potential to target other infectious diseases. In cases of serial crime such as murder or rape, ...More
    June 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • When Traveling Internationally, Infectious Disease Expert Says to Err on the Side of Caution
    “Remember that most diseases are transmitted by food, water and insects,” says John A. Sellick, Jr., DO, University at Buffalo associate professor of medicine and hospital epidemiologist at Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System. “So get ...More
    June 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Deadly Diseases Overlooked for Too Long, Scientists Say
    Decades of neglect have allowed infectious diseases to devastate the lives of thousands of people in the developing world, a study reveals. Researchers say three diseases in particular – anthrax, brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis – have failed to receive the ...More
    June 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Evaluating 'Acquired Immunity' May Improve Estimates of Infectious Disease Risk
    A new health study that accounts for “acquired immunity” when evaluating the risk of microbial illness from food or environmental exposures suggests that some current approaches may significantly overestimate their role in causing such illnesses. Immune status ...More
    May 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientist Uncovers New Links Connecting Environmental Changes with Spike in Infectious Disease
    National Museum of Natural History scientist Bert Van Bocxlaer and an international team of researchers revealed that anthropogenic changes in Africa’s Lake Malaŵi are a driving force behind the increase of urogenital schistosomiasis, a debilitating tropical disease ...More
    May 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Stigmas, Once Evolutionarily Sound, are Now Bad Health Strategies
    Stigmatization may have once served to protect early humans from infectious diseases, but that strategy may do more harm than good for modern humans, according to Penn State researchers. "The things that made stigmas a more functional strategy thousands of years ago rarely ...More
    March 28, 2014 Posted in News
  • MD Anderson Researcher Uncovers Some of the Ancient Mysteries of Leprosy
    Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is finally unearthing some of the ancient mysteries behind leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, which has plagued mankind throughout history. The new research findings appear in the current edition of journal ...More
    February 20, 2014 Posted in News
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