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Wolbachia bacteria can be used to combat dengue virus
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Dengue fever is caused by four related viruses that are spread by mosquitoes, affecting 100 million people each year and killing more than 12,000. The common fever is generally not fatal, but infection causes uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms for a week or longer without...
Research finds that progesterone contraceptives increase risk of contracting HIV
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
HIV changed the landscape of sexual relationships, making condoms a more ubiquitous presence in “the birds and the bees”. Once considered only a form of birth control, these prophylactics became STD control, preventing the spread of the deadly virus. However, AIDS was originally seen...
Scientific explanation of the common cold
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The common cold is an illness often related to winter and characterized by nasal congestion and sneezing, sometimes with sore throat, coughing, headache and other uncomfortable respiratory symptoms. The symptoms are the result of an infection in the respiratory tract, which can be due to...
Types of superbugs
By: Jody Pellerin
Bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics, aka “Super-bugs”, infect 22 million people annually; 23,000 die. These super-bugs have been agents of nosocomial infections and outbreaks in some of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals. Surgical patients, patients undergoing chemotherapy, renal dialysis, and...
Hong Kong flu (1968): History and symptoms
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The Hong Kong flu in 1968 was a category 2 pandemic of H3N2 influenza, a new flu strain at the time that is estimated to have killed a million people worldwide during the pandemic. Sino Biological traces the origin of the virus to a genetic...
The history of polio vaccine development
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The polio vaccine is used to prevent infection with a virus that can affect the spinal cord and brain, leading to paralysis. Before the introduction of the vaccine in the 1950s, the disease crippled approximately 35,000 people each year, according to the Centers for...
Hookworms: Symptoms and treatments
By: Jeff Casto
Imagine a blood-sucking creature that penetrates your skin and travels through your veins to your lungs. It then rips holes in your air sacs and crawls into your throat where it is swallowed into your gut. Attaching itself to the wall of your intestine, it...
Could the AIDS Virus be Viewed as a Natural way to Stabilize Population Growth
By: Barbara Griffin
AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease spread by those who have unnaturaldesires, lack proper hygiene, mingle with more than one partner and performunfaithful acts against their spouse. As far as I know AIDS has been blamedon man. I haven't heard as of yet, that nature...
How Streptococcal species are classified
By: Tami Port MS
Streptococcus is a group of Gram-positive cocci-shaped bacteria that occur in strips, or chains of cells. Understanding the classification of members of this genus can be tricky. There are many different traits used to distinguish one from another, and some of these traits are shared...
Difference between group A and B Streptococcus
By: Tami Port MS
Streptococcus is a genus of Gram-positive cocci (round) shaped bacteria that exist in chains of cells. Classification of members of this genus can be challenging, as there are many different, overlapping classification systems used to distinguish one species of Streptococcus from another. One method of...


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