Reconstructing the 6th century plague from a victim

Public Release: 30-Aug-2016   Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press) Before the infamous Black Death, the first great plague epidemic was the Justinian plague, which, over the course of two centuries, wiped out up to an estimated 50 million (15 percent) of the world’s population throughout the Byzantine Empire—-and may have helped speed the…

For the first time in history, high blood pressure is more common in lower-income countries

Public Release: 8-Aug-2016 For the first time in history, high blood pressure is more common in lower-income countries American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report American Heart Association DALLAS, August 8, 2016 — For the first time in history, people living in low- and middle-income countries have a higher prevalence of hypertension – or high…

Zika Case in Utah Baffles Health Officials – Super Zika

“The deceased patient had traveled to an area with Zika and lab tests showed he had uniquely high amounts of virus — more than 100,000 times higher than seen in other samples of infected people — in his blood,” the CDC said By SEAN DUFFY       (CN) — The caregiver of an elderly Zika patient…

Potential Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Feb; 21(2): 359–361. doi: 10.3201/eid2102.141363 PMCID: PMC4313657 Potential Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus Didier Musso,corresponding author Claudine Roche, Emilie Robin, Tuxuan Nhan, Anita Teissier, and Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau Author information ► Copyright and License information ► This article has been corrected. See Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 March; 21(3): 552. This article has…

Researcher warns US could see substantial impact of Zika virus

Public Release: 1-Feb-2016   Virus believed to cause microcephaly in newborns; mild flu-like symptoms in adults, children Boston University Medical Center BOSTON – A researcher at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) warns that Zika virus could spread quickly to and potentially within the US. The mosquito-borne virus,…

WHO estimates up to 4 mln infected by Zika virus in the Americas

  Xinhua, January 29, 2016   Following World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision on Thursday to convene an emergency committee on the Zika virus situation, unit chief for International Health Regulations epidemic alert and response Sylvain Aldighieri said: “We expect huge numbers of infections, some detected and others undetected.” Bruce Aylward (L), Assistant Director-General of World…

JAMA Viewpoint: Emerging Zika pandemic requires more WHO action now

“the emergence of a possible link to Guillain-Barré syndrome and neurologic birth defects (microcephaly), “ Public Release: 27-Jan-2016 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Credit: Georgetown University WASHINGTON – The World Health Organization’s Director-General should convene “urgently” a meeting of International Health Regulations’ Emergency Committee to advise on the emerging Zika pandemic and…

Virus in cattle linked to human breast cancer

Public Release: 15-Sep-2015 University of California – Berkeley BERKELEY — A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers establishes for the first time a link between infection with the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer. In the study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE and available online, researchers analyzed breast tissue…

Chikungunya virus may be coming to a city near you — learn the facts

Public Release: 26-Mar-2015 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been the subject of increasing attention as it spreads throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. This painful and potentially debilitating disease is predicted to soon spread to the U.S. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s…

Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030

Public Release: 26-Mar-2015 Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as use in livestock expected to increase Princeton University Caption Princeton University-led research found that antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans. Pigs outpace chickens and cattle in estimates of antimicrobial consumption in…

Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Public Release: 25-Mar-2015 Washington University School of Medicine Bacteria that cause many hospital-associated infections are ready to quickly share genes that allow them to resist powerful antibiotics. The illustration, based on electron micrographs and created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows one of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Credit: CDC/James Archer Antibiotic resistance is…

Swine flu in India has mutated

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015 Swine flu outbreak in India raises concern Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, MA — Since December, an outbreak of swine flu in India has killed more than 1,200 people, and a new MIT study suggests that the strain has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous than previously circulating strains of H1N1…