Discover Magazine

10/29/2013 Plague It Again, Sam: Plague in the Twenty-First Century

The plague is an old microbial foe that has haunted our cities and our ports for millennia, killing millions of people in waves of pandemics since antiquity. But Yersinia pestis no longer has the same presence, or stranglehold, in our society and seems negligible when we consider the current state of microbial affairs – increasing levels of antibiotic resistance and novel and emerging viral pathogens, just to name a couple of today’s most pressing issues. Even its moniker, “the plague,” has been appropriated for more contemporary microorganisms that appear to come from nowhere and quickly, fatally sweep through a population – SARS and HIV are prime examples of two new “plagues.”

NPR's Shots

10/09/2013 Activists Sue U.N. Over Cholera That Killed Thousands In Haiti

Human rights activists are suing the United Nations on behalf of five Haitian families afflicted by cholera — a disease many believe U.N. peacekeeping troops brought to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake there.

New York Times

09/16/2013 United States Ranks 11th in Plague Cases Worldwide

The United States now ranks 11th in the world in cases of plague, according to a new survey of the disease. With 57 cases in a decade, it is far below the hardest-hit countries, Congo with 10,581 and Madagascar with 7,182. Still, it is the only wealthy country on the list; 97percent of cases are in Africa.

NPR's Shots

07/23/2013 Unusual Tick-Borne Virus Lurks In Missouri's Woods

Last year, scientists got the chance to solve a medical mystery — well, at least half of it. This week the final puzzle pieces fell into place, as investigators tracked the newly identified virus to an eight-legged bug.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

07/23/2013 Ticks in Missouri carry newly discovered virus

There’s another reason to fear Missouri’s bugs after federal health investigators confirmed that ticks in the state carry a new virus.

Deutsche Presse Agentur

07/22/2013 Gefährliches Zeckenvirus breitet sich aus

Four years ago, suffering two men on a new virus that is transmitted by ticks. A new study shows that significantly more ticks the excitation carry with them than previously thought. (Translated with Google Translate)

Le Monde

03/27/2013 Un smartphone pour traquer les parasites intestinaux En savoir plus sur

A smartphone can be used for many things. And sometimes the most unexpected. With the help of American, Swiss and Tanzanian colleagues, Isaac Bogoch, infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital (Canada), transformed into a mobile phone optical microscope, able to detect stool samples in almost 70 % parasitic worm larvae. (Translated with Google Translate)

Agence France-Presse

03/12/2013 Scientists used iPhone to diagnose intestinal worms: study

Scientists used an iPhone and a camera lens to diagnose intestinal worms in rural Tanzania, a breakthrough that could help doctors treat patients infected with the parasites, a study said on Tuesday.

Venture Beat

03/11/2013 Health hack: iPhone + glass + flashlight = life-saving microsope in Africa

According to a study published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, scientists used the hacked-together microscope to examine almost 200 stool samples taken from children in Pemba Island in Tanzania. Each glass slide with the sample was covered in cellophane, taped to the iPhone, and lit from behind with the flashlight. Then the researchers took a picture with the phone’s camera, and examined the image on the iPhone’s screen.

Health Day

01/18/2013 Malaria, Typhoid Pose Biggest Threat to Travelers in Tropics

Malaria and typhoid fever -- not the much-feared Ebola virus -- are the biggest health threats for travelers to tropical regions of the world, according to a new study.

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