Scientists in Florida have found traces of rat lungworm in five counties, bolstering the idea that this potentially fatal parasite may be expanding its geographical range on account of—you guessed it—climate change. If this sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking of the recent rash of rat lungworm infections in Hawaii. Previously, over the past 20 years, only
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The parasite that causes rat lungworm disease is now endemic in the southeastern United States, and it’s expected to spread northward. There is a long, grim history of infectious diseases crisscrossing the globe aboard giant ships. Explorers looking to set up new colonies carried smallpox, measles, and other deadly viruses with them to distant lands.
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
What do Demodex hair mites look like? What Do Demodex Hair Mites Look Like you ask? Well, because they are invisible to the eye, unless aided by a microscope many people are curious what is actually going on with hair mites and how they look. The adult Demodex mites usually are around 0.3 mm in length.
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.
A growing body of evidence suggests that virtual reality (VR) technology can be an effective part of treatment for phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other mental health conditions, according to a research review in the May/June issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. “Virtual reality is potentially a powerful tool for the psychiatric community,” comments
Cranking out text is an integral part of our digital lives, but it’s a field of research that has a surprising lack of emphasis in virtual reality (VR) development. “Lots of people are buying head-mounted displays, but it’s mostly for video games,” says Scott Kuhl, an associate professor of computer science at Michigan Tech. “We’re
A new study led by the University of Delaware found that kids who are bullied in fifth grade often suffer from depression and begin using alcohol and other substances a few years after the incidents. “Students who experienced more frequent peer victimization in fifth grade were more likely to have greater symptoms of depression in
For people going through a divorce, a technique called narrative expressive writing — not just writing about their emotions, but creating a meaningful narrative of their experience — may reduce the harmful cardiovascular effects of stress related to marital separation, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the