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Self-Quarantine's Payoff
Staying home reduces the transmission of COVID-19. Here's a view of how much it helps. Read more >

Stay on the Sunny Side of COVID-19
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. A deficiency seems to put people at greater risk of contracting Coronavirus. Read more >

Unmasked Marauders
It's hard to believe that some people don't feel masks are necessary. A new study makes clear just how far COVID spreads when people talk. Read more >

Breastfeeding's Anti-Viral Effect
Breastfeeding, even a little, reduces the accumulation of dangerous viruses in babies' digestive tracts. Read more >

Pets and COVID-19
Cats are susceptible to coronaviruses, but they don't appear to transmit them to humans. Protect your pet as you would any family member. Read more >

Not Yet On the Road Again
Travel restrictions really help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Shelve your dreams of travel. For the time being, stay close to home. Read more >

Curbing COVID-19
Scientists are looking at the best ways to curtail the spread of the current novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Here's what seems to have worked. Read more >

Why You Probably Don't Need a Medical Mask
It's natural, but not necessarily wise to think of using a mask for protection from the COVID-19 virus. Here's who should -- and shouldn't. Read more >

Acne Treatment Lags for Non-Whites
People of color get acne, too. You might never know it, though, looking at the data on prescriptions for acne medications. Read more >

A Primer on Coronavirus
The outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China is a budding public health emergency. Travelers have brought it to the U.S. and other countries. Read more >

Unnecessary Pediatric Care
Taking a child to the doctor for a cold or mild fever is an example of low value healthcare. It's usually a waste of healthcare resources. Read more >

A Possible Treatment for Alzheimer's
A leaky blood-brain barrier may be what enables Alzheimer's to cause the damage it does. It also suggests a fix. Read more >

Prehab to Avoid Rehab
If you are older and facing surgery, consider getting in shape before the big day. It could help you avoid rehab and speed recovery. Read more >

Oral Health's Impact on the Body
Gum disease and cavities are bad news for more than your mouth. They can release bacteria that put seniors' health in danger. Read more >

Diagnosis by Social Media
Social media sites like Reddit are being used to “crowd-diagnose” STDs. What does this say about the healthcare system? Read more >

A Raw Deal for Pets
Raw diets are popular, but are they safe? A study found high levels of bacteria present in raw pet foods, endangering pets and their owners. Read more >

When First Sexual Encounters Are Coerced
For too many young women their first sexual experience is not consensual, and that can have lasting repercussions. Read more >

To Avoid Frailty, Fortify Your Body Now
Even a minor illness can derail the health of seniors if they don't have reserves of important nutrients. Don't wait to adjust your diet. Read more >

Resistance Denied
There are two new antibiotics around -- one fights a well-known respiratory bacteria, and another targets malaria. Resistance is futile. Read more >

Plants' Infection-Fighting Promise
Plants used to help wounded soldiers during the Civil War show promise when it comes to drug-resistant bacteria. Read more >

Summertime Flu? Not Likely
Our immune systems don't work so well in dry air. That's why influenza mostly takes hold in the cold. Read more >

Dodging the Periodontist
Inflammation goes down and gum health improves when dentists take the time to give patients strategies for oral care. Read more >

Bug Bombs Bomb Out
A cockroach infestation is a health hazard. When it comes to exterminating the pests, one method is much more effective -- and safer. Read more >

Low-Cost Cold Protection
Parents give their kids vitamins, supplements and medications to prevent colds. They really should focus on something simpler. Read more >

The End of Flu Season?
Researchers are zeroing in on a flu vaccine that would cover all influenza viruses and last longer, too. Read more >

Bacteria to the Rescue!
A daily probiotic routine could reduce the need for antibiotics in the future, especially for kids. Read more >

A Promising Alternative to the Pap Smear
Testing for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, catches cervical cancer sooner than Pap smears do. But there are other risks to consider. Read more >

Access Denied
Some remarkable new drugs pretty much cure hepatitis C. Unfortunately, patients are often denied coverage for them. Read more >

That's Disgusting!
Disgust actually seems to serve a valuable evolutionary purpose, but that doesn't make it any easier to take. Read more >

Preemies' Antibiotic Overload?
Infections are a serious risk for premature infants, but too many are given antibiotics without clear evidence of a problem. Read more >

Low-Tech Protection from Norovirus
It's behind most of the outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhea around the world. Protecting yourself from it is, actually, pretty easy. Read more >

Flu Fliers
Worried about catching airborne viruses when you fly? You can probably relax. Read more >

Red Wine For Oral Health?
The bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease could be reduced by the polyphenols in red wine and other foods. Read more >

Heart Attacks and Influenza
A respiratory infection from the flu also raises your risk of a heart attack. Another good reason to get vaccinated. Read more >

Diet, Inflammation, and Cancer
Diets with lots of meat and sugar, and little fiber, set the stage for inflammation and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Reduce Hospital Tests, Reduce Costs
Unnecessary tests harm patients and hospitals' bottom lines. Read more >

Life-Saving Mosquitoes
A strain of genetically-modified mosquitoes appears to prevent the spread of malaria. Read more >

Making A Game Out of Sex Ed
Teens need information to make smart choices about sex. A video game may be the best way to give it to them. Read more >

Bye Bye Bedbugs
Bedbugs' resistance to eradication is legendary. A promising new approach uses mold to stop them in their tracks. Read more >

Childcare's Dirty Secret
There's too little handwashing going on at many daycare sites, and kids pay the price. Read more >

Cell Phones Can't Keep a Secret
Even when it's locked and off, your cell phone reveals a lot about you — like what you ate, the places you've been. Read more >

A Spoonful of Medicine Helps the Medicine Go Wrong
When measuring doses for children, there's a right way and a way that almost guarantees you'll get it wrong. Read more >

FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps
There's a good reason the antibacterial soaps and body washes on drugstore shelves will have to be reformulated or removed within a year. Read more >

The Yuck Factor
Hospital-acquired infections can be kept under control if more workers wash their hands. That's where the Yuck Factor comes in. Read more >

The Road to Fewer Ear Infections
Ear infections are down in the U.S. thanks to less smoking, more breastfeeding and some precautions all parents can take. Read more >

HIV Screening Falls Short
Patient confidentiality is a a big reason many teens and young adults avoid going for HIV testing. Read more >

Sex And Drugs And...
Smoking pot and drinking alcohol increase the likelihood students will have sex. More concerning is which students are having the most unprotected sex. Read more >

Caramel Apples’ Bad Press
It's not hard to protect your family from the bacteria that can lurk in caramel apples. Read more >

Antibacterial Soap Flunks Another Test
You'd think antibacterial soaps would at least kill germs. Nope. Not unless you wash for hours. Read more >

Do It For Grandma
Getting a flu vaccine does more than protect you — it prevents the virus from endangering seniors in your community, too. Read more >

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Antibiotic Use
Antibiotic use and overuse appear to either contribute to or serve as early signal for developing the most common form of diabetes. Read more >

A Folk Remedy To Disarm Deadly MRSA
Chestnut leaf extract shows promise as a treatment for dangerous methicillin-resistant staph infections. Read more >

Overcoming the Fear of Vaccines
Parents who refuse vaccines do it to protect their kids. When they see the damage not vaccinating can do, they often reconsider. Read more >

Your Viral History in A Drop of Blood
What if you doctor could see every virus your body has ever encountered in one drop of blood? Read more >

Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies: A New Approach to HIV Treatment
The broadly neutralizing antibody 3BNC117 is active against over 80% of HIV strains and is well-tolerated. Read more >

Antibiotic Use Appears Linked To Type 2 Diabetes
The overuse of antibiotics doesn't just lead to resistance; it is linked to another major disease. Read more >

Food Safety: Home Chefs Flunk the Test
Videos of home cooks found bacteria were spread from meat to veggies by a surprising source. Read more >

Penicillin Allergies May Fade with Time
Having a rash or hives as the result of penicillin treatment does not necessarily mean you are allergic. Get tested. Read more >

Experts Recommend Getting the Flu Shot as Early as Possible
Get the flu shot as early in the fall as possible. There are a few exceptions. Read more >

Are Bacteria the Cure for Food Allergies?
Having healthy gut bacteria, part of your microbiome, may help protect against the development of food allergies. Read more >

Antibiotics in Early Life — and in Utero — May Bring Obesity Risk Later On
Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >

Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Vaccinating for the flu earlier can curb a pandemic. So can washing your hands. Read more >

Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >

Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >

A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >

Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >

Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
Oral sex is not the protect from STDS that many think it is. In particular, herpes is more likely to be transmitted. Read more >

Mining Bacterial Vulnerabilities to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
The vulnerability of resistant bacteria to other drugs presents new possibilities for improving the treatment of bacterial infection. Read more >

A Flu Shot to the Heart
Putting off getting a flu vaccine? Think again. They can cut the risk of heart attacks by nearly half. Read more >

Discovery Suggests A Surprising Culprit in Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >

Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
Antibiotics can kill bacteria, but they also cause serious stress to our own cells. Read more >

Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >

Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >

CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >

Bacteria Offer New Hope for Acne Prone
People with acne have a different mix of bacteria on their skin than those who don't. Read more >

Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Elderly adults, with their years of exposure and aging immune systems, respond differently to the flu vaccine. Read more >

Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
Tick-borne diseases are rising steadily. And it's not just Lyme disease anymore. Read more >

HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >

Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young? Read more >

A New Weapon in the War on Listeriosis
The leaves of the carob tree offer some encouraging news in the war on treatment-resistant bacteria. Read more >

New Spray Finds Poison Ivy, Even When It's Hiding
New spray makes the toxic oil on poisonous plants glow, offering lovers of the outdoors a way to... Read more >

New Research Points to Viral Acne Treatment
Despite what the infomercials say, a cure for acne remains elusive. But scientists may have found... Read more >

Is Vitamin D The Elusive Cure For The Common Cold?
Vitamin D has not been found to prevent or reduce the severity of colds. Read more >

Protection from AIDS for High-Risk Heterosexuals
The CDC recommends people at high risk for heterosexual transmission of HIV consider using Truvada. Read more >

Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >

Another Black Mark Against Antibacterial Soaps and Cleansers
Triclosan, found in many antibacterial products, may weaken muscle function in addition to other... Read more >

A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Antibiotics appear to fatten up kids the way they fatten up cattle. Needless to say, this is not... Read more >

Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >

Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >

Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >

What's Waiting for You in Your Hotel Room?
If you're staying in a hotel or motel this summer, some unwelcome "guests" may precede you. Read more >

Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >

Text Messaging Increases Flu Vaccinations
Text messaging is proving useful to promoting public health - as long as it isn't done while you are Read more >

Salmonella Outbreak from Raw Tuna
Nakaochi Scrape is the source of a recent salmonella outbreak. It's used in spicy tuna rolls... Read more >

More Evidence that Antibiotics in Animal Feed Threaten Human Health
ST398 started out as an antibiotic-sensitive bacterium in humans, then it spread to livestock... Read more >

The Stress-Immunity Connection
Stress can lead to reduced immune system function. Reduce stress, reduce your odds for illness. Read more >

Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >

Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >

Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >

Oh No! Not the Cookie Dough!
Eating raw cookie dough is a bad idea. Unbaked flour can contain bacteria that may cause foodborne illness. Read more >

Has Tooth Decay Met Its Match?
Call it a smartbomb against tooth decay, a new mouthwash targets the bacterial causing cavities... Read more >

A Sign that Doctors Care about Their Patients
Doctors asked to take this simple precaution for their own protection ignored the request... Read more >

The Hidden Costs of Not Taking a Sick Day
People who decide to come to work when they feel sick spread disease. Read more >

A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >

Green Veggies Aid Immune Response in the Gut
A lack of green vegetables turned off a chemical signal key to immune function in the gut. Read more >

Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic... Read more >

Treatment for Prion Diseases May Soon Be on the Way
The brain-wasting prion diseases are slow-growing. Two drugs seem to bring them almost to a... Read more >

Online Gamers Help Solve Mystery of Critical AIDS Virus Enzyme
A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >

Hormonal Contraceptives Double Risk of HIV
An African study has found that hormonal contraception doubles the risk of HIV infection and... Read more >

Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >

Listeria Outbreak Likely Has Not Peaked
The bacterium Listeria has killed 13 people. Given its slow incubation period, this may be just the Read more >

Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >

Serial Salmonella Outbreaks Raise Questions
The best protection against Salmonella and other food-borne pathogens is proper handling, storage and cooking of meat and poultry. Read more >

Unsung Medical Heroes: A Roll of Tape and a Cotton Swab
Two very-low tech solutions to common medical problems show how easy it can be to reduce costs... Read more >

Black Yeast: Is Your Dishwasher Trying to Kill You?
They're not exactly killers, but most dishwashers do harbor pathogens - fungi, yeast, and molds... Read more >

How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
Gels that glow under black light can be used to teach kids to wash their hands more thoroughly. Read more >

Cell Phones in the Hospital May Cause Infections
Cell phones are a surprising source of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals. Read more >

Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >

Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >

Evidence that Honey is an Effective Wound Treatment
A particular kind of honey weakens bacteria's ability to attach to tissues, providing a new line of Read more >

Antibiotics in Meat Once Again Linked to Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Meat and poultry in five U.S. cities were contaminated with bacteria. Contamination is not... Read more >

Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
If you are over 65 and on Medicare, you should take advantage of the all the free preventive health care services it provides. Read more >

Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >

Zinc May Shorten the Common Cold
Taking zinc at the first sign of a cold can reduce its duration. Read more >

Antibiotics and Blood Pressure Medicines Can Be a Dangerous Mix
People on calcium channel blockers need to steer clear of certain types of antibiotics because they can cause a severe drop in BP. Read more >

Guidelines for Treating Infectious Diseases Need Better Evidence
When it comes to treating infectious diseases, doctors rely on guidelines based on little evidence. Read more >

New Antibiotics Brings Relief to IBS Sufferers
A new antibiotic may bring significant relief to IBS sufferers; but will it work over the long-term? Read more >

Echinacea: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, Say Researchers
A small study finds this ancient herbal remedy doesn't cut the length or severity of a cold by much. Read more >

More Evidence that XMRV Does Not Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The supposed link between CFS and the XMRV virus may simply be lab contamination... Read more >

Beneficial Bacterial in the Gut May Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >

Cytomegalovirus May Affect Newborn Health
Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >

Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >

Antimicrobials and the Environment
Antimicrobial soaps are useful in hospitals, but their value in homes is less clear, and their effect on the environment is not good. Read more >

Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >

New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >

CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >

Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >

FDA Finds Disturbing Situation at Egg Farms Behind Salmonella Recall
The FDA says Salmonella was found in chicken feed and mounds of feces on the egg farms in the recall Read more >

More Evidence That a Virus Plays a Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
New evidence suggests (again) that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus - but is it... Read more >

Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >

Has MRSA Met its Match?
Painting walls with a new paint killed 100% of all staph bacteria. Nanotubes helped make it possible Read more >

Hundreds of Millions of Eggs Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak
Two Iowa farms have recalled over 380 million eggs due to possible contamination with Salmonella... Read more >

The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
Fall is the time to get a flu vaccine. Even if vaccines cannot protect one completely against all forms of the flu virus, they usually resu Read more >

Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell
Over-the-counter zinc nasal sprays may be damaging to your sense of smell and may even destroy it. Read more >

Doctor Arrogance and Hospital Acquired Infections
A commentary in JAMA calls out doctors who don't follow a checklist for preventing CLABSI infections Read more >

CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >

Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >

New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
person needs to have unexplained fatigue for at least six months plus at least four of eight other symptoms to qualify as a CFS sufferer... Read more >

Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >

New HIV Drug Blocks Disease Transmission in Mice
A new drug, Truvada, given to mice with "humanized" immune systems and exposed to HIV helped protect them from infection. Read more >

Tiny Molecule Might Thwart HIV Transmission
Surfen, a molecule that prevents the HIV virus from communicating with an important compound in semen, holds promise as a means of prevention. Read more >

Researchers Harness the Power of Pomegranate to Fight Hospital Infections
An ointment made of pomegranate rind and metal salts successfully combated MRSA, a notoriously hard-to-treat staph infection. Read more >

Pneumonia Risk Higher Among Flu Sufferers
People who have had the flu are more susceptible to additional infections, such as pneumonia. Read more >

Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Retrovirus, Researchers Say
CFS sufferers, it is not just in your head. Researchers have discovered that a retrovirus (XMRV) is linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Read more >

Modestly Successful AIDS Vaccine Results Give Researchers Hope
Research on a combined, "prime-boost" vaccine has yielded modest results in what was the largest study in AIDS research history. The approach... Read more >

Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >

For This Year's Flu, Experts Say Preventative Measures Better
It's not always possible to know for sure, but usually, a preventive flu vaccine is better than relying on anti-viral medication... Read more >

Aloe Vera Gel: An Alternative to Toothpaste
Not all aloe vera gel is created equal. Read more >

WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic
It's official: the World Health Organization has raised the status of the H1N1 or swine flu virus to the highest level. Read more >

Nanotechnology: Faster and Better Diagnoses
It may soon be possible to diagnose many viral and bacterial infections on the spot using a portable device that reads blood or saliva samples. Read more >

Flu Outbreak: The Early Line
The current flu outbreak is relatively mild. So what's the worry? Read more >

Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
A common enterovirus may be the tipping point in a chain of events that cause beta cells in the pancreas to stop producing insulin and diabetes... Read more >

Research Reveals Why Winter Is Flu Season
The flu virus appears to survive longest in low humidity, which is why it is more common during the winter. Read more >

It's Okay for Your Dog to Sleep Around
You can go ahead and let your dig lick your face as much as you'd like: he won't expose you to extra bacteria. Read more >

Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Says CDC
Chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and lead to female infertility. Read more >

Immune System Works Better at Night, New Fruit Fly Study Suggests
The immune system (of fruit flies at least) functions better at night than during the day. Flies were more likely to survive when encountering... Read more >

Salmonella Cases Tied to Dog Food
What you feed your pet can have health consequences for you, as the salmonella outbreak shows... Read more >

Fruits and Veggies May Protect Against Flu
Quercetin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables may help lower susceptibility to the flu. Read more >

Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
Prions, the proteins that cause mad cow disease, can be transmitted by feces, a new study has found, raising questions about safe disposal.. Read more >

Major Key to Viral Latency Discovered
Researchers have discovered the mechanism that makes the cold sore virus become dormant, with possible implications for other viral diseases. Read more >

Working Out with a Superbug
In recent months, the feared "super bug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has got the attention of doctors, clinics and hospitals. Read more >

Green Tea Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics
Drinking green tea helps fight against drug resistant bacteria. Read more >

Little Known but Troublesome: Prostatitis
Prostate cancer gets the publicity, but a far less well-known prostate problem — prostatitis — affects many more men. Read more >

A Super Drug for Super Bugs
Thanks to the invention of antibiotics, 20th-century medicine virtually eliminated tuberculosis, polio, leprosy and many other once-common infectious diseases. Read more >

What You Can Do to Prevent MRSA and Other Staph Infections
Recent news reports have made us all aware of the danger of drug-resistant staph infections, specifically, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pronounced "mer-suh"). Read more >

Cure the Mosquito, Cure Malaria
In America, you would have to be at least in your 70s or 80s to remember that parts of the country once had a problem with malaria. Read more >

New Lyme Disease Guideline
The treatment for Lyme disease is fairly straightforward — except when it isn't. Read more >

Rapid Response Key in 1918 Flu Pandemic
The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic may be ancient history to most of us but medical researchers are still learning valuable lessons from it. Read more >

Vaccine Vs. Ear Infections
As many parents can tell you, a small child who is prone to ear infections can make the whole family miserable. Read more >

A Molecular "Condom" Against AIDS
While they are certainly better than nothing, traditional latex condoms do an imperfect job of preventing both pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Read more >

HIV's Effect on the Immune System Worse than Thought
People with HIV have been living longer and better since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (or HAART) in 1995. Read more >

Facts and Fiction About Flu and Colds
Despite how common they are, colds and flu are the subject of a great many fairytales and misconceptions. Read more >

Anti-Heart Attack Antibiotics?
Inflammation within the blood vessels plays a key role in the development of coronary heart disease. Read more >

IBS: It May Not Be in Your Head
We know a lot about the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as Spastic Colon or IBS) — pain, cramps and diarrhea — but little or nothing about what causes it. Read more >

Influenza Can Affect Your Blood Count
As we all know, it is influenza season again. Read more >

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