What is a pandemic?
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
“Pandemic” is a specific term used by public health agencies to identify currently spreading and easily transmissible infectious diseases. Many in the general public use the term in a broader sense to indicate something that is general or universal, such as the “pandemic...
Approaches to solving the problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics
By: Effie Moore Salem
Drug resistant organisms are on the rise. In other words it's at the critical point and this escalating problem must now be dealt with What can the general public do to help combat this problem? First of all they must listen to the good advice...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
What is Rhinovirus? Rhinovirus belongs to the group of viruses known as Piconavirus and thus falls in to the same family as the polio virus. But, the rhinovirus is of minimal virulence type and therefore would not cause a serious infection as polio. When considering...
Picornavirus: The smallest animal viruses
By: D. Vogt
A picornavirus is a member of the Picornaviridae family of viruses, which are some of the smallest RNA viruses known to exist. Their single strand of RNA contains only a few thousand base-pairs - half that of influenza viruses like the H1N1 "swine" flu virus...
By: Omar Salvador
The influenza (or "flu," as it is familiarly known) outbreak of 2009, which struck hardest in Mexico, reached alert level 5, which meant it was one level short of being declared a pandemic. In the first days of the epidemic, the mass media largely...
By: D. Vogt
Today, contagious illnesses are generally the result of exposure to either a virus or a bacteria. There are exceptions - malaria, for instance, is caused by a protist - but viral and bacterial infections are the most common causes of illness. Basically, what distinguishes viral...
How does bacteria become resistant to antibiotics?
By: Effie Moore Salem
Bacteria become resistant to antibiotics by becoming familiar to how the drug acts and then changing their structure in order to resist being destroyed by the antibiotic. The more antibiotics a person takes, the easier it is for the germs to accumulate enough stamina to...
The role of birds in Bird Flu
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Bird flu, or Avian flu, is an illness in birds caused by type A influenza virus. The form that passes to humans is an H5N1 strain known sometimes as Asian bird flu. In 2008, some experts expressed concern about an outbreak of this flu among...
Cambridge laboratory claims to discover cure for the common cold
By: Terrence Aym
An age-old dream of the human race may have finally been realized. Painstaking research conducted by brilliant researchers at the Cambridge Laboratory of Molecular Biology proved that the body's own immune system has the ability to destroy the cold virus within human cells.Thought by...
Common diseases caused by bacteria
By: UmiNoor
Human beings can be infected with diseases that are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites. There are also other microscopic life forms that can cause infectious diseases in humans. These minute organisms live in or on the body, and they can be passed on from...

 

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