Why did it jump to humans only in the last few decades? Two competing theories.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Various Regions of Canada and the United States Prepare for West Nile Virus as Mosquito Season Arrives
Posted by Hen Fap at 6/15/2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Doctor who first advocated MMR Vaccine - Autism link has his name struck off the medical register in the UK
The General Medical Council of the UK ruled that Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who first came up with the theory that the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine was a cause of autism in children, was guilty of serious professional misconduct in the way he carried out his research
Posted by Hen Fap at 5/24/2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
A side effect of global warming is the spread of insect borne tropical diseases to the temperate zones. Southwest Utah Public Health Department confirmed yesterday the discovery of the presence of the West Nile Virus in a sample of mosquitoes from the region. The West Nile virus causes the debilitating West Nile Fever, similar to Dengue Fever and West Nile encephalitis.
Posted by Hen Fap at 5/13/2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
Thursday, May 06, 2010
C. diff (Clostridium difficile) may be a normal part of a person's intestinal flora. C. diff Colitis occurs when overuse of antibiotics wipes out competing bacteria, allowing antibiotic resistant C. Diff to overpopulate. C-diff Colititis is a common hospital-spread disease, it is spread through the fecal oral route in cramped areas like hospitals due to insufficient cleanliness. A hospital in North Staffordshire recently had 28 patients affected with the disease a similar outbreak in a hospital in Nanaimo, Canada has led to the deaths of at least three patients. The Irish Health Protection Surveillance Centre reports a drop in C. diff figures. Meanwhile Researchers at New York Hospital's Queens-Weill Cornell Medical College report that C. diff infection is aggravated by low vitamin D levels.
Posted by Hen Fap at 5/06/2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
A new super strain of the bacterium that causes Gonorrhea (veneral disease, "the clap") is fast emerging that is resistant to multiple varieties of antibiotics. Misuse of antibiotics by the livestock industry is possibly to blame.
Posted by Hen Fap at 4/30/2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
AIDS/HIV "Patient Zero" Gaëtan Dugas reportedly used to have unprotected sex with people and then tell them that he was dying from "gay cancer" and that they would probably get it as well. Nowadays a number of countries require HIV infected individuals to disclose their infected status to their sex partners, and people who fail to disclose their infected status may face criminal prosecution for sexual assault or for murder.
The case of one such willful transmitter of HIV, 33-year-old Nushawn Williams is up in court. Williams has served 12 years for statutory rape and reckless endangerment and the government is seeking to keep him locked up indefinitely. Williams boasted of having had sex with up to 300 woman prior to his arrest.
Posted by Hen Fap at 4/29/2010