Catherine Malli-Dawson

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CDC Finds 'Nightmare Bacteria' Across the U.S. Here's What That Means

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing public health problem, as infections are becoming less responsive to the drugs used to treat them. Now, a …

Public Health

Scientists warn of mysterious and deadly new epidemic called Disease X that could kill millions around the world

An unknown and deadly new illness dubbed Disease X has been added to the list of potential global epidemics that could potentially kills …

Beware 'Disease X': the mystery killer keeping scientists awake at night

Over two days in early February, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable.<p>The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential to spread and kill millions but for which there are currently no, or insufficient, …

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

Tennessee mother and daughter among first humans to be infected by rat virus

Tennessee and 10 other states are home to the first known cases of humans infected by a rat virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and …

Holiday insect bite left young woman fighting for life and bedbound

A young woman who was bitten by an insect while on a family holiday was left needing a wheelchair and fighting for her life.<p>Samantha Calby’s health …

India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds

Warning over wider global health impacts after findings reveal hundreds of tonnes of colistin – the ‘antibiotic of last resort’ – are being shipped to India’s farms<p>Chickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could …

Agriculture

Girl, 9, dies from new eye-bleeding fever ‘more dangerous than the Black Death’

A young girl has died from an eye-bleeding disease that some people have said could turn out to be more deadly than the Black Death which struck last …

This Incredible Virus Attacks Brain Cancer And Actually Boosts Our Immune System

The first therapeutic virus to pass the blood-brain barrier.<p>A study attempting to show that viruses could be delivered to brain tumours has delivered …

Cancer

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Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

<b>The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning.</b><p>This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.<p>It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in …

Public Health

Poliovirus kills off cancer cells, stops tumor regrowth

Researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, may have discovered a new way of killing off cancer cells.<p>The team was jointly led by Dr. Matthias …

Crowdsourcing Offers A New Hope For Antibiotics Research

The need for new antibiotics is real, with no new types of antibiotics having been discovered or developed since 1984. The World Health Organization …

Microbiology

Triple Threat: New Pneumonia Is Drug-Resistant, Deadly And Contagious

In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them.<p>But a new type of pneumonia emerging in China seems so important that we dropped what we were doing to write …

Microbiology

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Tap Water; People Warned To Avoid Water In Nose

Louisiana’s Department of Health confirmed this week that brain-eating amoeba had been found in two water systems in the state.<p>Traces of Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism that can cause a rare, but fatal, brain disease, was found during routine water testing of Ouachita Parish’s North …

The consumerization of healthcare

Recently, I registered with the GP across the road from my flat. I’ve lived there for a year. I had put off registering beforehand due to a severe allergy to bureaucracy. Last year, I wanted to go see a specialist. I snored at my private healthcare provider’s response that I first needed to have a …

Digital Health

A small drugmaker is taking an entirely new approach to getting its cancer drug approved

The drug, larotrectinib, directly targets an acquired rather than inherited genetic defect called TRK fusions. In such patients, TRK genes abnormally attach to other genes, triggering accelerated cancer cell growth.<p>If approved, the oral therapy would mark a major step toward treatment based on a …

Cancer

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 …

Medicine

Seven reasons we're at more risk than ever of a global pandemic

<b>(CNN) —</b> It could take just one cough, one kiss, one touch or even one bite to change not only your life, but the lives of everyone around you -- and for months or even years.<p>In most cases, the closer those people are to you, the greater the risk. But it isn't always that simple.<p>The risk at hand: an …

Disease

Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

The outbreak began so slowly that no one in Dallas perceived it at first. In June 2012, a trickle of people began showing up in emergency rooms broiling with fever, complaining that their necks were stiff and that bright lights hurt their eyes. The numbers were initially small; but by the middle of …

Public Health

Vashon Island: The place where many parents skip jabs

There is alarm from some doctors in the US that President Trump could usher in a new era of scepticism about vaccines, which save millions of lives around the world every year.<p>An island in Washington state has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Are parents there endangering</b> …

Vaccination

We are at the verge of facing the most hazardous flu pandemic

Seven new flu strains have spurted since 2011, and the causes behind this sudden rise remain a mystery.<p>It's been more than 6,000 years since humans …

Evidence Suggests Early Exposure to Antibiotics Might Lead to Long-Term Behavioural Changes

The mice showed increased anxiety and aggression.<p>Researchers have found that giving low doses of a common antibiotic to pregnant mice and their …

Microbiology

A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Humans

Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people …

Alarming measles outbreak in Italy blamed on anti-vaccination populist movement

There were more cases of measles in the first three months in 2017 than in the whole of 2016.<p>An alarming rise in measles cases in Italy has been …

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

<b>British scientists say they have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis.</b><p>Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say they can isolate different strains of the disease using a process called genome sequencing.<p>It means patients who may have waited months to get the right drugs …

Public Health England
Public Health

House GOP Backing a Bill That Would Allow Your Employer to Require Genetic Testing

While everyone is in an uproar about the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, another bill is moving through …

Health Care

WHO: These 12 bacteria pose greatest risk to human health

<b>(CNN) —</b> Twelve types of bacteria were deemed "priorities" in urgent need of new antibiotics, according to a list released by the World Health Organization on Monday.<p>The first list of its kind, it highlights bacteria that global health experts believe pose the greatest threats to human health. The …

Microbiology