Aleix Cabrera

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Tick-Borne Illness Similar to Lyme Disease Is on the Rise

Experts say cases of anaplasmosis have increased more than 30 percent. Symptoms are similar to those of Lyme disease, but quick treatment can provide …

Disease

Superbug 'sleuthing' finds secret outbreaks

<b>A feat of "genomic sleuthing" has uncovered 173 secret outbreaks of the superbug MRSA, a study shows.</b><p>They were found in the east of England over the course of just one year, according to the details published in Science Translational Medicine.<p>The researchers say their approach could transform the …

Pollutants from fracking could pose health risk to children, warn researchers

Analysis of US fracking sites suggests pollutants including airborne particulates and heavy metals could affect neurodevelopment of babies and children<p>Pollutants released during fracking processes could pose a health risk to infants and children, according to researchers studying chemicals involved …

Pollution

Electric cars emit 50% less greenhouse gas than diesel, study finds

Exclusive: researchers calculated the total lifecycle emissions of an electric car, including its manufacture, battery manufacture, and all of its energy consumption<p>Electric cars emit significantly less greenhouse gases over their lifetimes than diesel engines even when they are powered by the most …

Electric Vehicles

Scientific breakthrough may stop post-antibiotic apocalypse

British scientists have found the best way to overcome antibiotic resistance.<p>Bugs rely on an enzyme to destroy common antibiotics known as …

Small Pest, Big Battle

The Aedes aegypti mosquito may be tiny but it can wreak major havoc on human health, spreading diseases such as Zika, dengue fever and yellow …

Vaccines promoted as key to stamping out drug-resistant microbes

Immunization can stop resistant infections before they get started, say scientists from industry and academia.<p>The battle against drug-resistant …

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

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 own lab.<p>Both …

Microbiology

Bats Are the Number-One Carriers of Disease

Understanding where new viruses come from is critical for preventing them from rapidly spreading among humans. When it comes to preventing the next …

Danger map reveals health threat zone

<b>South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world's health, according to "danger maps".</b><p>The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people.<p>It revealed bats carry more potential …

Researchers find valuable new clues in fight against multi-drug resistance

Research into yeast, the single-celled organism behind a range of human infections, has led to University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry researchers …

Biochemistry

Researchers Have Traced The Genes For Antibiotic Resistance Back to Their Source

"We find the smoking gun."<p>In what could be compared to finding patient zero in an outbreak, researchers have traced genes for antibiotic resistance …

'Human Project' study will ask 10,000 to share life's data

NEW YORK (AP) — Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and …

Rights & Freedoms

Deforestation and malaria: what's the relationship between the two?

Despite being a preventable and curable disease, malaria continues to affect people in 91 countries. In 2015 alone there were 212 million cases and …

Live antibiotics use bacteria to kill bacteria

Certain bacteria will destroy other bacteria without harming humans. They may be an answer to antibiotic-resistant infections.

Resistance to Last-Ditch Antibiotic Has Spread Farther Than Anticipated

Eighteen months ago, a gene that confers resistance to colistin — known as an ‘antibiotic of last resort’ — emerged in bacteria from pigs in China. …

6 Ways the Fight Against Polio Is Transforming Global Health

When the largest Ebola outbreak in history swept through West Africa in 2014, health workers used methods refined in the fight against polio to keep …

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ready-to-eat foods

Research shows that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are present in many ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce and dairy products and may serve as a …

Antibiotics Surprisingly Ineffective on Pneumonia

People with pneumonia are failing treatment at an alarming rate, and doctors are in for a wake-up call.<p>Pneumonia is already the eighth leading cause …

Vaccines of the future could be as contagious as viruses

It’s time to go viral.<p>The vaccines we have today are pretty incredible. They've eradicated smallpox, purged rubella from the Americas, and save millions of people each year from dying of diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, and measles. When enough people get vaccinated, infectious diseases can’t …

Public Health

Ulcerative colitis: Natural remedies for managing symptoms

Ulcerative colitis is the most common type of inflammatory bowel disease. The symptoms can make even mundane daily activities seem daunting and may …

Scientists discover Australian plant extract that can kill Zika virus

<b>Melbourne:</b> In a breakthrough, scientists have discovered a group of naturally occurring compounds in an Australian native plant that can effectively …

Public Health

Diarrhoea kills half a million children globally, shows Lancet study

Half a million children under the age of five died from diarrhoea-related illnesses in 2015, despite a significant reduction in the number of child deaths from such diseases over the past decade.<p>The number of deaths fell by 34% between 2005 and 2015 after concerted efforts to improve water and …

Public Health

TB bacterium may suppress immune system to spread disease

Scientists have a good understanding of how the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, one of world's leading causes of death, evades the immune system …

New antibiotic packs a punch against bacterial resistance

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have given new superpowers to a lifesaving antibiotic called vancomycin, an advance that could …

Microbiology

Congo approves use of Ebola vaccination to fight outbreak | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak in its northeast that has killed four people, a spokesman said on Monday.<p>FILE PHOTO: A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session …

Disease

One Girl’s Mishap Led to the Creation of the Antibiotic Bacitracin

One day in May of 1943 seven-year-old Margaret Treacy was playing ball near her home in Upper Manhattan when she was hit by an ice truck. She broke a …

Infecting mosquitoes with bacteria so they can't infect us with viruses like Zika and dengue

Mosquitoes and their itchy bites are more than just an annoyance. They transmit dangerous viruses with deadly consequences – making them the most …

Watch Out for These Dangerous "Kissing Bugs" in Your Home

The blood-sucking pests spread a dangerous parasite.<p>No one likes to find bugs in their home, but a particular type of creepy-crawler poses an extra danger, new research finds.<p>"Kissing bugs" spread Chagas disease, one of five parasitic infections the Centers for Disease Control is currently …

In August 2017, America Will See Its First Total Solar Eclipse Since 1979

Start making travel plans, because you're not going to want to miss this one.<p>It's already being called the Great American Eclipse, and it's coming on August 21, 2017. For the first time in 38 years, the shadow of a total solar eclipse will cross the lower 48 of the United States.<p>If you have seen a …