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12-Year-Old “Scientist” Claims to Have Folder Full of Evidence Against Vaccines

May 27, 2016 by Tracey Moody<p>Watch out CDC. <b>Marco Arturo</b>, 12-year-old boy genius, has arrived with a folder full of “evidence that vaccines cause …

Newly Discovered Microbe Does Something Textbooks Say Is Impossible: It Lives Without Mitochondria

Cells have adapted to find new ways of life.<p>According to established scientific knowledge, complex cells (called eukaryotic cells) can't survive …

Biology

One out of three antibiotic prescriptions in the US is 'unnecessary,' a study finds

Experts say overuse of antibiotics leads to more antibiotic-resistant infections -- affecting two million people and killing 23,000 each year in the United States alone, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).<p>The study found that in the United States in …

Medicine

Another Yosemite Visitor May Have Plague

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is investigating a reported case of plague in a recent visitor to Yosemite National Park, according to a Tuesday press release from the department. It is the second reported case of plague affecting a Yosemite visitor this summer.<p>Earlier this …

National Parks
Disease

The Ebola Outbreak Is Only Getting Worse

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The spread of the Ebola outbreak is accelerating, with more cases reported in the past week than any …

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries.<p>Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for …

Scientists hail creation of working organ made from laboratory cells

Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.<p>British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune system "nerve centre" located near the heart.<p>The technique, so far only tested on mice, could provide …

5 Foods Most Likely to Cause Food Poisoning

If there's one thing we all can agree on, it's that getting food poisoning can be one of the most miserable experiences imaginable. Thankfully, we know which foods are most likely to make you sick, so be extra-careful when you eat these.<p><b>Click Here to See All of the Foods Most Likely to Cause Food</b> …

Weird Microbes Thrive In Asphalt Lake And Sunless Glacial Water

Life on Earth -- in unexpected places.<p>Over the past week, scientists have published the results of studies analyzing two very strange -- and very different -- lakes. One is Pitch Lake, a lake made of asphalt and filled with hydrocarbon gases on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. The other is Lake …

Biology

Doctors Aren't Sure How To Stop Africa's Deadliest Ebola Outbreak

When an Ebola outbreak lasts for months and continues to show up in new cities, health officials take notice.<p>That's exactly what's happening in West Africa. An outbreak that started in Guinea last February has surged in the past few weeks. It's now the deadliest outbreak since the virus was first …

The Medical and Microbiological Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human activity for millennia though not everyone does so responsibly. Back in the 1800s, public health officials first took note of the issue of alcohol abuse, which was known then as intemperance. They were keenly aware there was a link between the amount of …

Alcohol

Scientists Discover Carbon Cycle Is Out Of Whack

Scientists who track carbon say the way it cycles from the atmosphere back to earth and into plants and animals has apparently changed. It could be the whole planetary carbon treadmill is speeding up.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Next we'll report on another of those signs that scientists monitor …

Scientists find new way to combat drug resistance in skin cancer

Rapid resistance to vemurafenib – a treatment for a type of advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer – could be prevented by blocking a …

Soil microbe secrets could help halt superbugs - Futurity

Soil microbes could reveal ways to curb gene-sharing among infectious bacteria, potentially preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistance.

Extra-hairy microbes make biodiesel sustainable - Futurity

With engineered microbes, biodiesel plants may be able to stop creating hazardous wastes and eliminate fossil fuel from their production process.

New vaccine approach imprisons malaria parasite in blood cells | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a vaccine against malaria, which kills a child every minute in Africa, have developed a promising new approach intended to imprison the disease-causing parasites inside the red blood cells they infect.<p>An UPDF medic takes care of a malnourished child with …

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story."<p>The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization's first global report on …

Virus programmed to unlock and kill cancer - Futurity

Bioengineers have designed a virus that on its own is benign. When it encounters certain enzymes, however, it "unlocks" to kill cancer.

Cancer

First life forms to pass on artificial DNA engineered by US scientists

Organisms carrying beefed-up DNA code could be designed to churn out new drugs that could not otherwise be made<p>The first living organism to carry and pass down to future generations an expanded genetic code has been created by American scientists, paving the way for a host of new life forms whose …

Penguins Found With Bird Flu Virus, For The First Time

The penguins don't appear to be sickened.<p>Adélie penguins can get the flu. New research shows that three percent of the birds, which live in colonies in Antarctica, harbor influenza viruses, of a type never seen before. But don't panic--none of the animals appeared to suffer any ill effects from the …

Flu

Lethal parasite evolved from pond scum

A genomic investigation by University of British Columbia researchers has revealed that a lethal parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually …

Q&A: Polio's History—and Why It's Again Becoming a Threat

Poverty and war have helped spur cross-border outbreaks.<p>After more than half a century of increasingly successful efforts to eradicate polio, the paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease is staging a comeback and crossing international borders.<p>This week, the World Health Organization issued a …

WHO warns of risk to Syrian refugees as Mers virus cases increase sharply

UN health body fears secondary infections may be rising, raising potential for global spread and stirring memories of Sars virus<p>The World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold urgent talks next week on the often fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) virus, after a sharp increase in infections …

Tuberculosis Roars Back With A Deadly Edge

Two weeks ago, 12-year-old Nokubheka's mother died from drug-resistant tuberculosis.<p>"I love singing and dancing to the song," Nokubheka says as she marches around in a hot pink skirt and sweatshirt. "When I'm dancing, I forget that my mother passed away."<p>Now the young girl from Swaziland has …