On a hyperconnected planet rife with hyperinfectious diseases, experts warn we aren’t ready to keep America–and the world–safe from the next pandemic Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping
MAUI, HI (KHON) — Eight possible cases of rat lungworm disease have been reported in Hawaii and health department officials worry that number could rise. There are four confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease on Maui. Two people who got sick live on Maui and two others were visitors to the state, but that tally
Inside Impact: All for Mothers From Emmy-Award winning director Danielle Levitt comes Inside Impact: All for Mothers. This virtual reality film, brought to you by Merck for Mothers, journeys to Uganda to follow the heroic midwives who are working to make maternal mortality a thing of the past.
For centuries, river blindness (onchocerciasis) plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America and Yemen, and there was no answer to this affliction. This all began to change in the mid-to-late 1970s, when Dr. William Campbell of Merck Research Laboratories suggested the use of ivermectin (later named Mectizan) for river blindness in humans. Following the breakthrough
The twentieth century’s arsenal of chemical anthelmintics brought manifold improvement in human health and, more abundantly, in animal health. The benefits were not only in health per se but also in agricultural economics, livestock management, and the overall production of food and fiber to support expanding human populations. Nevertheless, there remains (due in large part
A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea. Viruses are tiny organisms that may lead to mild to severe illnesses in humans, animals and plants. This may include
Drug resistance is complicating the treatment of parasitic diseases. Parasites resort to multiple biochemical means to achieve resistance. Understanding drug resistance is essential for the control of parasitic diseases. Understanding antiparasitic resistance is important when considering your parasite control options. Antiparasitic resistance is the genetic ability of parasites to survive the effects of an antiparasitic
What if, unbeknownst to you, someone—or something—was controlling your behavior for its own nefarious ends? Join photographer Anand Varma as he reveals this nightmare scenario being acted out over and over across the natural world, as unsuspecting hosts are compelled to nurture and protect mind-sucking parasites.
An international study led by researchers at Monash University’ Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) has shone light on the way the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) hijacks the communication systems in the host cells it infects, uncovering potential new therapeutic targets for the disease. HCV affects about two per cent of the world’s population. Infection can lead
Nationwide, counties with the poorest quality across five domains — air, water, land, the built environment and sociodemographic — had the highest incidence of cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer. Poor air quality and factors of the built environment — such as the presence of major highways and the availability