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Tracking parasites with satellites

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Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and hydatids. read more

Spot the difference

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The US measles outbreak highlights why most states should reconsider their vaccination rules.Nature 518 137 doi: 10.1038/518137b

Why Is Germany So Calm About Its Measles Outbreak?

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If the Great American Measles Outbreak of 2015 were to have a watchword, it would probably be "selfish." As in, those "boneheaded," "irresponsible" parents whom experts are calling "incredibly selfish" for choosing not to get their children vaccinated for measles. ("Selfish" is even the title of ...

I survived a ‘brain attack’ 20 years ago. Now a revolution in care is under way

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Robert McCrum, now an Observer journalist, was struck down by a stroke at 42. On his return to the London hospital that treated him, he finds remarkable advances in treatment

Leprosy maintains stubborn hold through infectious buddy system

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Leprosy is an ancient and debilitating infectious disease largely quelled with medicine in the past several decades. Yet its persistence in some developing countries has mystified scientists, who long have thought the bacteria that cause the disease cannot survive in the environment.

Spreading Measles Outbreak Also Takes Heavy Economic Toll

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The virus is squeezing finances in affected communities—and diverting funds and resources from other health care priorities

As America Grays, A Call For Dignity In Aging And Elder Care

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In The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo says rather than viewing aging from a place of scarcity and fear, we should see getting older as an opportunity. And, she writes, we must fix our flawed care system.

SynBio B***********: Genetic recoding. Also, measles goes to Disneyland

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An early triumph for the infant synthetic biology? Do you suppose Science‘s Breakthrough (Arrrrgh!) of the Year for 2015 has already arrived? In January, no less? Via two papers in Nature? Which venue, I suppose, might take it out … Continue reading »The post SynBio B***********: Genetic rec...

Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated

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The misery of a measles outbreak at the Happiest Place on Earth is an irony even the most jaded epidemiologist could do without, but the 42 measles cases that originated in Disneyland in December hide within them an even scarier number—scary, that is, unless you understand how vaccines work. Th...
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Small volcanic eruptions partly explain 'warming hiatus'

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The "warming hiatus" that has occurred over the last 15 years has been caused in part by small volcanic eruptions. Scientists have long known that volcanoes cool the atmosphere because of the sulfur dioxide that is expelled during eruptions. Droplets of sulfuric acid that form when the gas combin...

Unique Sulawesi frog gives birth to tadpoles

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Frogs exhibit an amazing variety of reproductive behaviors, ranging from brooding their eggs in their mouths to carrying tadpoles on their backs. Fewer than a dozen species of 6,000+ worldwide have developed internal fertilization, and some of these give birth to froglets instead of eggs. One spe...
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Bill Gates' human experimentation with GM bananas in Africa condemned by scientists / By Ethan A. Huff, staff writer - - Reading time 2 mins - Share :
(NaturalNews) At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed onto a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas intended for Africa.The...

You can hear the coral reefs dying, experts say

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You can hear the sound of former bustling coral reefs dying due to the impact of human activity, according to new research. Scientists have found that coral reefs impacted by human activity, such as overfishing, are much quieter than protected reefs, which can have a big impact on the fish and in...

Global warming skeptics unmoved by extreme weather

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What will it take to convince skeptics of global warming that the phenomenon is real? Surely, many scientists believe, enough droughts, floods and heat waves will begin to change minds. But a new study throws cold water on that theory.

Measles Still Kills 400 Kids A Day — And It May Be Making A Comeback

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The global fight against the disease has stalled, says the World Health Organization. The recession gets some of the blame. And so does the anti-vaccine movement.

How Ebola Blindsides the Body's Defenses

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By attacking the body's first responders, the virus cripples the immune system before it can mount an effective defense

Leprosy: what are the final steps elimination?

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Progress in eradicating leprosy has stalled in the past five years, a new approach is needed to tackle the remaining casesLeprosy has afflicted people since biblical times, and as recently as thirty years ago, millions of people were still suffering each year. Yet early successes in eliminating l...

How Sick Chickens And Rice Led Scientists to Vitamin B1

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The discovery of vitamin B1 began with a search for microbes. In the late 1800s, microbes were the hot new idea in medical science: Louis Pasteur had recently linked disease to germs, and doctors were looking for microscopic explanations for all kinds of ailments. Even when those ailments had not...

The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth

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Humans have been fighting viruses throughout history. Here are the nine viruses that are the world's worst killers, based on their mortality rates, or the sheer numbers of people they have killed.

The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation

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Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers to health care access for poor people in middle income countries. When people think about medical humanitarian aid, the usual association is with war zones and natural … Continue reading »The post The Price...


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Readers discuss methods to prevent sepsis and whether genes are thrifty, while Tina Saey clears up some confusion regarding Ebola's airborne status.

Pitt researchers awarded $11.8 million NIH grant to explore genetic roots of cleft lip, palate

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine have been awarded a $11.8 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue their exploration of the genetic roots of cleft lip and ...

Modified aubergines could transform farming in India

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Next month's trials of genetically modified eggplants in Bangladesh could be a turning point in India's war over GM farming

Fogarty receives three grants for research focused on biodiversity conservation

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In addition to diseases for which there are ineffective or no cures, key pathogens are becoming increasingly drug-resistant.

Global epidemic of diabetes threatens to jeopardize further progress in tuberculosis control

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15% of adult TB cases worldwide are already attributable to diabetes, studies show. These diabetes-associated cases correspond to over 1 million cases a year, with more than 40% occurring in India and China alone. If diabetes rates continue to rise out of control, the present downward trajectory ...

Overseas nurses 'face shorter tests'

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New rules mean nurses and midwives who have completed their training outside Europe will face shorter tests to check they are fit to work in the UK.

World struggles to stop Ebola

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Greater international assistance is needed to quell the epidemic, say health officials.Nature 512 355 doi: 10.1038/512355a

Ebola doctor goes back to work

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A Cardiff doctor who was isolated for three weeks after treating patients with the Ebola virus in Africa returns to work.

Fortifying condiments, seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies

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Researchers are working to fortify condiments and seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies. Micronutrient deficiencies affect the health and cognitive development of at least one-third of the world's population, representing 7.3 percent of all global disease. The...
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Airborne transmission of Ebola unlikely, monkey study shows

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Formerly conjoined twins celebrate 10 year anniversary of groundbreaking surgery

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The man who helped save 50 million lives

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The man who helped save 50m people

Worldwide humanitarian vaccination projects are for depopulation / By Paul Fassa - - Reading time 3 mins - Share :
(NaturalNews) Just a very few years ago, Bill Gates publicly declared before a live audience that using vaccinations strategically may help reduce the world population by 15 percent. Many claimed it was a slip of tongue, like a verbal typo. The audience and mainstream media apparently...

Conditions linked to deadly bird flu revealed: High risk areas identified

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A dangerous strain of avian influenza, H7N9, that's causing severe illness and deaths in China may be inhabiting a small fraction of its potential range and appears at risk of spreading to other suitable areas of India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, according to a new study.

Avian flu could strike Asian poultry markets outside China

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H7N9 influenza has a higher chance of spreading to humans in urban areas close to water, researchers predict.

Forest loss starves fish

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Research shows forest debris that drains into lakes is an important contributor to freshwater food chains – bolstering fish diets to the extent that increased forest cover causes fish to get ‘fat’ and sparse forest leaves smaller, underfed fish.

Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

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Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.» E-Mail This

US measles cases reach 20-year high

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Public health experts in the US are urging people to get vaccinated against measles after a spike in cases in the country this year.

Breastfeeding and food diversity, not Golden Rice, is the answer to vitamin A deficiency / By Ethan A. Huff, staff writer - - Reading time 2 mins - Share :
(NaturalNews) As the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its many global partners continue to push for the approval and commercial release of genetically-modified (GM) "Golden Rice," a controversial "frankenfood" that contains added vitamin A, opponents say the answers...