Kelsey Veilleux

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Infectious Disease Could Become More Common in a Warmer World — Especially for Plants and Animals

The venerable <i>Science</i> magazine has a special issue out today on climate change. Some of the content is free, and it’s well worth checking out. That …

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and how it spread.<br>The Plague of Justinian occurred in the sixth century AD and resulted in more than 100 million deaths by some …

What's This 'Rare and Fatal Brain Disease' in the Northeastern U.S.?

This past week we learned 15 patients in New England were exposed to a untreatable infectious disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob, which is a relative of the human form of mad cow disease. An infectious disease specialist puts that in context.<p>Over the past week we have learned that 15 patients in New …

Rare, polio-like disease afflicting California kids mystifies health officials

An extremely rare, polio-like disease has appeared in more than a dozen California children within the past year, and each of them suffered paralysis to one or more arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say. But public health officials haven’t identified any common causes connecting the …

5 'Oregon Trail' Diseases You Could Still Get

Despite medical advancements, some ancient illnesses are still kicking overseas. Don't let them ruin your trip<p>You probably haven’t heard someone say, “I have measles” since your grade-school classmate was about to lose <i>The Oregon Trail</i>—you know, the classic computer game where you led folks on a …

Oh Sweet Irony: Homeopathic Remedies Recalled Because They Contained Medicine

We’re not big fans of pseudoscience around here, which makes this next story a particularly delicious morsel of schadenfreude. The FDA has recalled homeopathic remedies sold by Terra-Medica because they may contain real medicine. Penicillin or its derivatives, to be exact. As Ars Technica points …

Why Habitable Exoplanets Might Mean Humanity Is Doomed

Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler 186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Kepler 186f is special …