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...
Some of the newest breakthroughs for curing cancer
By: Laura Lamp King
More than 12,000 U.S. infants and children are diagnosed with some type of pediatric cancer every year.About 650 new cases of Neuroblastoma, the most common cancer in infancy, are diagnosed every year in the United States. Neuroblastoma is the most common non-brain...
Neurofibromatosis: Incredible melting woman pleads for help
By: Terrence Aym
During 1977 American International Pictures released a lurid film titled "The Incredible Melting Man." Although it's become a minor cult classic, no one ever thought anyone could actually melt. Humans melting? Why, such a thing could only be imagined by a crazy, low budget...
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...
Types of doctors that specialize in lymphoma
By: D. Vogt
Lymphoma is a cancer (actually, a set of cancers) which attack cells in the body's immune system, or lymphatic system. The care team for a person diagnosed with lymphoma will typically involve at least three types of doctors. First, a general practitioner or family doctor...
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...
Diseases that are vaccine preventable
By: D. Vogt
Today, there are more vaccine-preventable diseases than ever before. These include a large number of formerly dread diseases which have been permanently eradicated (at least in developed countries) through universal vaccination programs, as well as a number of rapidly mutating viruses (like influenza, or the...

 

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