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Could a mutant mosquito be the key to solving the Zika crisis?

While the Zika virus does not directly kill, the links brain deformities in newborn babies has led US President Barack Obama to call for urgent …

Superbugs will kill 10 million people a year by 2050

"[Mr Osborne] is going to lead focus on this among the G7 and G20 finance ministers," he said. "We need that… We need to take it out of the health …

Editing The Genes Of Superbugs To Turn Off Antibiotic Resistance

Fighting bacteria’s ability to fight<p>Over the past decade, deadly bacteria such as MRSA, <i>C. difficile</i>, and even tuberculosis have developed numerous mechanisms to keep themselves alive at all cost – mostly against antibiotics. Some bacteria have the ability to pump invading antibiotics out of their …

MERS Cases Increasing in Saudi Arabia, And The Hajj Is Coming

When last we checked in on the elusive disease MERS—Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, caused by a virus related to the cause of the worldwide SARS epidemic in 2003—it had been brewing in the Gulf states for three years, but was triggering international alarm because of an outbreak in Korea.<p>That was …

Public Health

Viruses ARE Alive, And They’re Older Than Modern Cells, New Study Suggests

Our best insight yet into where viruses came from.<p>Viruses have a huge impact on our lives, and we're making great strides into understanding how to …

First Measles Death in US Since 2003 Highlights the Unknown Vulnerables

Shocking news today out of Washington state: For the first time since 2003, a resident of the United States has died of measles. If you wondered, based on my last post, what happens when measles infects unvaccinated people and travels with them in an untrackable manner, this is the answer: It …

Public Health

A Brain Parasite Has Been Linked to an Increased Risk of Rage Disorder

Keep calm.<p>Ever suffered from fury blackouts? Uncontrollable, violent road rage? Those symptoms could be a sign of a condition called intermittent …

Aspirin targets key protein in Alzheimer’s disease

A recent study finds that a component of aspirin binds to an enzyme called GAPDH, which is believed to play a major role in neurodegenerative …

Australian scientists make breakthrough in fight against superbugs

The Australian discovery of the three-dimensional structure of a protein responsible for multi-drug resistant bacteria is a huge step forward in the …