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Computational model: Ebola could infect more than 1.4 million people by end of January 2015

Computational model: Ebola could infect more than 1.4 million people by end of January 2015

The Ebola epidemic could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and infect more than 1.4 million people by the end of January, according to a statistical forecast released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC forecast supports the drastically higher projections released earlier by a group of scientists, including epidemiologists with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, who modeled the Ebola spread as part of a National Institutes of Health-sponsored project called Midas, short for Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study Continue reading

Agonizing rabies deaths can be stopped worldwide

Agonizing rabies deaths can be stopped worldwide

The deadly rabies virus–aptly shaped like a bullet– can be eliminated among humans by stopping it point-blank among dogs, according to a team of international researchers led by the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University. Ridding the world of rabies is cost-effective and achievable through mass dog vaccination programs, the scientists report in a paper that appears in the Sept Continue reading

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. The results are also good news for sufferers of other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn’s disease Continue reading

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. The results are also good news for sufferers of other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn’s disease. In the small trial run over a year, 12 participants were each experimentally infected with 20 Necator americanus (hookworm) larvae. Continue reading

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. Continue reading

Old drug may be key to new antibiotics

Old drug may be key to new antibiotics

McMaster scientists have found that an anticonvulsant drug may help in developing a new class of antibiotics. Although dozens of antibiotics target what bacteria do, their study has looked at how a certain part of bacteria are created, and they found there is a way of stopping it. The discovery is important as there is growing concern worldwide about how antibiotic resistance is making the cures for infections ineffective. Continue reading

Actions on climate change bring better health, study says

Actions on climate change bring better health, study says

The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association . Milwaukee and New York City could experience three times as many 90-degree days by 2046; Dallas could see twice as many days topping 100 degrees Continue reading

Obesity in Pacific islands ‘a colonial legacy’ of settlers trying to civilize the locals

Obesity in Pacific islands ‘a colonial legacy’ of settlers trying to civilize the locals

Scientists have known for some time that Pacific islanders are more prone to obesity than people in other nations. Continue reading

Bad cold or Enterovirus 68? Infectious diseases specialist answers common questions

Bad cold or Enterovirus 68? Infectious diseases specialist answers common questions

Does your child have Enterovirus 68 or just a bad cold? It can be hard to tell the difference between the two, but Pia Pannaraj , MD, Infectious Diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles speaks on how parents should treat their kids’ symptoms and when to seek medical attention Continue reading

VIP: New way to prevent spread of devastating diseases

VIP: New way to prevent spread of devastating diseases

For decades, researchers have tried to develop broadly effective vaccines to prevent the spread of illnesses such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. While limited progress has been made along these lines, there are still no licensed vaccinations available that can protect most people from these devastating diseases. So what are immunologists to do when vaccines just aren’t working Continue reading