By: Brad Vandenheuvel
The two current treatment options for a failed kidney are dialyses and kidney transplantation. A successful transplant can offer patients a more comfortable and convenient life than those who require dialyses, but only a limited number of people are fit for a transplant. Many people...
By: Caroline Fynn
The majority of the body’s magnesium, approximately 70%, is found within the bones and the teeth. It is an essential mineral for the maintenance of bone density, and to preserve the strength and general health of the teeth. It is a vital component in...
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...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) emerged in the US market in the 1970s and early 1980s and was the preferred choice of many manufacturers of sweetened cereals, sodas and fast foods. Its popularity among the manufacturers is because of its cheapness when compared with sugar...
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...
By: Ann Major
The role of niacin is inextricably linked to pellegra, where a deficiency of this water-soluble B3 vitamin brings about a disease that is potentially fatal. Since niacin was not officially recognized as a vitamin until 1937, not much attention was given to it pertaining to...
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...

 

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