West Africa may even reach 1,000 deaths from Ebola this weekend. That’s just a guess, but not a bad guess, considering the Olympic record of this hemorrhagic virus. At the … [Read full article]
Government Shutdown Boomerangs On U.S. Health
Everyone’s thinking about the U.S. government shutdown. American media have chosen to dramatize a health official’s suggestion that children with cancer will not be able to receive advanced clinical treatments … [Read full article]
Cyclospora Outbreak May Have Peaked Already
Reposted from Examiner.com: A new stomach bug has arrived in the USA — but it might already be on its way out. As of Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease … [Read full article]
American Medical Association: "You're Not Fat, Just Sick; And You Can Get Over It"
It’s time for us to start changing the way we think about “fatties” — especially because so many of us now fit into that category. At its recent annual meeting … [Read full article]
Human Virus Linked to Deaths of Two Mountain Gorillas
A form of human metapneumovirus (HMPV) has been identified as the likely cause of death in two mountain gorillas, an infant and adult female, following an outbreak of respiratory disease that hit Rwanda in 2009. The source of the virus is unknown and an unknown number of other gorillas may be carrying the virus. Due to the genetic compatibility of humans and gorillas, wildlife biologists have long feared and predicted the spread of human diseases into this critically endangered population. Now, it appears, their worst fears may have come true.
Contaminants in Flood Waters Threaten Food Part I: Who is Watching?
Farming near a river bed is a great idea until it floods. Soil near riverbeds tends to be more fertile, producing more abundant crops. But when the river beds flood … [Read full article]