Tobias Koch

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A Rare Virus Without a Cure Has Emerged in India And Is Killing People

It has the potential to cause a deadly pandemic.<p>At least nine people in southern India have died in cases linked to an outbreak of the rare and …

North Korea Signals Willingness to ‘Denuclearize,’ South Says

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has told South Korean envoys he is willing to negotiate with the United States on abandoning his country’s nuclear weapons, officials from the South said Tuesday. Mr. Kim also said he would suspend all nuclear and missile tests while such …

North Korea

A hundred years later, we're still not sure why the Spanish flu killed so many people

Historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu.<p>One hundred years ago, a novel pandemic influenza virus spread rapidly around the world. It killed about 1 to 2 percent of the human population, primarily young and often healthy adults.<p>The centennial of the 1918 pandemic is a good …

Lassa fever: The killer disease with no vaccine

<b>Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine currently exists.</b><p>Lassa fever is not a new disease, but the current outbreak is unprecedented, …

Disease

Report: China secretly offered missiles and aid to North Korea

China's Communist Party adopted a secret plan in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if Pyongyang halts further nuclear tests, according to an internal party document.<p>The document, labeled "top secret" and dated Sept. …

North Korea

Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

<b>Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET</b><p>When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his "legislative approvals" were off the charts. "No. 1 in the history of our country," he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Is porn harmful? The evidence, the myths and the unknowns

Pornography is now only an internet search away, and is becoming ever more immersive. How is it changing people’s behaviour, relationships and desires?<p>Few things are truly universal. But while people across the world speak different languages, eat different foods and even feel different emotions, …

Los Angeles

Scientists warn new "super malaria" in SE Asia poses alarming global threat

If you’re planning a trip to South East Asia, take note. An evolved form of malaria which is resistant to anti-malaria medication is spreading at an …

First Evidence That Offshore Wind Farms Are Changing the Oceans - MIT Technology Review

Offshore wind farms are becoming increasingly common in our oceans. In Europe, the goal is for them to supply over 4 percent of the continent’s …

Wind Power

Why some Florida residents couldn't use their solar panels after Hurricane Irma

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma raged through the state. But some homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t …

Sepsis: the truth about this hidden killer

Sepsis is responsible for more deaths in the UK than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. So why is so little known about it?<p>At the end of May, the World Health Organization adopted a new resolution mandating all of its member states to have national action plans in place to tackle sepsis, a …

Medicine

We Can Now Store Light as Sound, And It's a Game Changer For Computing

One step closer to computers that process data at the speed of light.<p>Last year, scientists took a big step towards creating the next generation of …

Mind-Altering Cat Parasite Just Got Linked to a Whole Lot of Neurological Disorders

"This study is a paradigm shifter."<p>The brain-dwelling parasite <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i> is estimated to be hosted by at least 2 billion people around the …

The most respected medical journal in the US just eviscerated a drug that's cost taxpayers over $1 billion

A new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine poses a really important question to lawmakers and taxpayers alike.<p>Over the past five years, why has the US government spent $1 billion on a drug that is no more effective than alternatives that are tens of thousands of dollars cheaper per …

Pharma

A Material That Throws Heat into Space Could Soon Reinvent Air-Conditioning - MIT Technology Review

Eli Goldstein, a fresh-faced cofounder of SkyCool Systems, pulled open the garage door on the side of the Stanford spinout's cramped workspace in …

Clean Energy

'This is crazy,' sobs Utah hospital nurse as cop roughs her up, arrests her for doing her job

By Derek Hawkins<p>, Reporter<p>By all accounts, the head nurse at the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit was professional and restrained when she told a Salt Lake City police detective he wasn’t allowed to draw blood from a badly injured patient.<p>The detective didn’t have a warrant, first off. And …

Law Enforcement

This common drug stops muscle growth, study says

Gym-goers trying to bulk up should avoid taking ibuprofen, a study has found.<p>Experts say long-term regular use of the anti-inflammatory drug can …

While America Ignores A Disease Bigger Than Zika, Its Victims Remain Invisible

Some 300,000 in the U.S. have it. Many are afraid to come forward.<p><i>This article is part of HuffPost’s</i> <i>Project Zero</i> <i>campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them.</i><p>LOS ANGELES ― Pancha sits in her cramped living room and scoops her two little dogs into her lap. They …

Public Health

Texas Has the Highest Maternal Mortality Rate in the Developed World. Why?

Clutching his newborn daughter, Chris Zavala pleaded with the staff at a Texas urgent-care clinic to save his wife, Michelle.<p>It was July 26 — eight days after Michelle gave birth. The Zavalas had rushed in after Michelle complained of tunnel vision, of feeling like she was going to faint. But now, …

Pregnancy

‘It’s a massacre’: At least 30 children die in Indian hospital after oxygen is cut off

By Annie Gowen<p>, Bureau chief<p>NEW DELHI — One by one, the infants and children slipped away Thursday night, their parents watching helplessly as oxygen supplies at the government hospital ran dangerously low.<p>At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian state …

Yogi Adityanath

Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a strand of DNA? Now that bridge between technology …

The Potential for Blockchain to Transform Electronic Health Records

A vexing problem facing health care systems throughout the world is how to share more medical data with more stakeholders for more purposes, all while ensuring data integrity and protecting patient privacy.<p>Traditionally, the interoperability of medical data among institutions has followed three …

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on.<p>Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at …

Indian History

Genetically modified yeast mops up heavy metal pollution

Environmental scientists dream of eliminating pollution with natural resources, but that's tricky when it comes to heavy metals. Plants won't work for cleaning polluted water, and only some of them grow large enough to absorb those toxic materials. Researchers may have a relatively simple answer to …

Lyme Disease Is Spreading, And It’s Partly This Mouse’s Fault

Black-legged ticks in forests of the Northeast and Midwest have a variety of options for the three blood meals they consume in their lifetime: In …

Lyme Disease

Scientists are dusting off a long-forgotten weapon to cope with modern bacteria

By Marlene Cimons<p>In 1915, British scientist Frederick Twort saw something weird happening to the bacteria that had invaded his viral cultures: They were disappearing, a sign they had been destroyed. Two years later, French-Canadian microbiologist Félix d’ Hérelle observed the same phenomenon in his …

Biology

A Deadly Brain-Invading Worm Is Disturbingly Widespread in Florida

Scientists in Florida have found traces of rat lungworm in five counties, bolstering the idea that this potentially fatal parasite may be expanding …

Why You Don't Need To Panic Over The Plague Cases In New Mexico

Plague in the U.S. is rare, but not unheard of.<p>Two New Mexico women have been diagnosed with plague, the state’s health department announced Monday, making a total of three people who have contracted the illness in the state this year.<p>While “plague” might make you think of mind horrific scenes of …

C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics

The risk of getting a deadly, treatment-resistant infection in a hospital or nursing home is dropping for the first time in decades, thanks to new guidelines on antibiotic use and stricter cleaning standards in care facilities.<p>The rate of new <i>Clostridium difficile</i>or C. diff infections climbed year …

Public Health

You Can Get Your Whole Genome Sequenced. But Should You?

There are 3 billion ways for something to go wrong with your DNA. But diseases caused by an error to a single gene—what geneticists call "big ticket" …