Why Chagas Disease is being called 'The New HIV/AIDS of the Americas'
By: Elizabeth M Young
Chagas Disease is not a sexually transmitted disease, like HIV, which causes AIDS, but the disease is spreading throughout the Americas, often without being detected for decades. Chagas Disease originates with bites from winged insects called reduvid bugs or "kissing bugs". These bugs carry a...
Virgin Islands blood-sucking parasite oddly named after Bob Marley
By: Leigh Goessl
A newly discovered blood-sucking parasite was discovered in the eastern Caribbean Sea and has recently been named after the famed reggae musician, Bob Marley. Scientists made the announcement on July 10. The previously unknown species belongs to a family of parasites called gnathiids and the...
Dallas mayor declares emergency over West Nile mosquitoes
By: Wayne K. Wilkins
27 people have died so far after an outbreak of the West Nile Virus. The majority of cases have been confirmed to be in Dallas, Texas, which has prompted the mayor of Dallas to declare a public emergency. Nearly 700 cases have been confirmed this...
CDC: Children with neurologic disorders at high risk of death from flu
By: Isabelle Esteves
As flu season 2012/13 approaches, the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has released a report that has caused a great deal of concern among parents of children with neurological disorders. In the report, which was released on August 29, 2012, the CDC notes...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Malaria weakens the immune system. It is a parasitic disease whereby parasites from mosquitoes inhabit the red bloods cells of victims and continue to overcrowd the cell until it bursts. Young children and pregnant women are most at risk of serious illness from malaria. A...
Ebola outbreak leads to deaths in eastern Congo
By: Isabelle Esteves
The Ebola virus was discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976 and is named after a river in that country. Since that time it has shown up in several different African countries and has been responsible for hundreds of deaths including 15...
By: Patrick Sills
Living in Europe during the 14th century was not a fun experience. A nasty pestilence was in progress, and it killed about a third of the population. This disease was known alternately as the bubonic plague, black death, or black plague. This affliction has been...
Number of fungal meningitis cases continue to expand
By: Isabelle Esteves
As of October 16, 2012, 214 cases of fungal meningitis have been reported across the United States. The cause of the outbreak has been traced to contaminated steroids injections used to combat back pain. Approximately 14,000 doses of the drug had been shipped to...
Virologists: Armageddon Virus could kill Mankind in 5 years
By: Terrence Aym
Like something from the pages of a science fiction thriller, scientists are warning that an unstoppable "Armageddon Virus" could wipe out Mankind. What's worse, their horrific scenario could play out not in 100 years, or even fifty, but in less than five years.Shocking new...
Study links 'Sleeping Beauty' syndrome with upper respiratory infections
By: Terrence Aym
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, a rare form of narcolepsy, is also called Kleine–Levin Syndrome (KLS). The sleep disorder, named after Willi Kleine and Max Levin, medical researchers that investigated the properties of the syndrome, has baffled modern researchers for decades. Until recently two theories dominated:...

 

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