Infectious Diseases Articles & Stories

Natural Killer Cells to the Rescue

Natural Killer Cells to the Rescue

The human body has an array of defenses to protect itself. Our skin is a natural barrier protecting us from bacteria and viruses. The body has a natural internal thermostat that regulates body temperature despite the vagaries of the weather. Read More


Flu Tips for This Winter

Flu Tips for This Winter

With Flu season underway, it's time to look at what these viruses are and what makes them tick. The flu virus is a nasty, yet simple organism composed of 11 genes compared to the 20,000 found in humans. What makes the flu so potentially dangerous is that it's prone to mutations, which are slig... Read More


Swine Flu Now an Official, but 'Moderate,' Pandemic

Swine Flu Now an Official, but 'Moderate,' Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the threat alert of the swine flu infection that is sweeping the world from 5 to 6, its highest level, officially declaring it a pandemic but making it clear that the outbreak is not exceptionally dangerous.     As of June 11, the... Read More


Expert Commentary: Dr. John D. Cahill, M.D. June 12, 2009

Expert Commentary: Dr. John D. Cahill, M.D. June 12, 2009

With swine flu spreading to a number of countries, most of them developed and with fairly comfortable supplies of antiviral drugs, it might seem that the world is in pretty good shape to suppress a seriously lethal pandemic.  Although these drugs appear effective against this strain, i... Read More


Swine Flu Containment Unlikely; Alleviation Should Be Focus1

Swine Flu Containment Unlikely; Alleviation Should Be Focus1

Since the swine flu outbreak has now spread to several countries, it’s probably no longer possible to contain it, a leading public health expert said, so anti-flu efforts should emphasize mitigation of the situation.     In an editorial in the British Medical Journal, Ri... Read More


Honey May Heal Diabetic Ulcers

Honey May Heal Diabetic Ulcers

While anecdotes abound concerning the wound-healing power of simple honey, a researcher is conducting the first formal study designed to rigorously examine the value of the sweet liquid in healing stubborn diabetic ulcers.     If honey’s medicinal potency is proven, it c... Read More


Syphilis: From Near Zero to a Big Threat

Syphilis: From Near Zero to a Big Threat

Just a few years ago, at the beginning of the new century, syphilis was close to being wiped out in the United States. But today, according to the latest annual report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ancient sexually transmitted disease is looming as a serious n... Read More


"Miracle Mist" Lays Down Antimicrobial Shield in Hospitals

A revolutionary spray aimed at controlling hospital infections by antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" first kills the microbes and then creates an impregnable film that keeps hospital operating rooms and wards germ-free for up to 12 months. Known as Q Bioshield, the spray recently had its deb... Read More


Patients and Hospitals Shunning HIV Testing

Patients and Hospitals Shunning HIV Testing

Emergency room patients who are most at risk for HIV are opting out of HIV testing at a huge rate amid a hospital atmosphere cold to such testing. Hospital personnel view it as too time-consuming, and insurers are reluctant to reimburse hospitals for their test-related expenses. In 2006, the ... Read More


Avoiding Colds and the Flu

Avoiding Colds and the Flu

While there's no sure-fire way of protecting yourself against colds or the flu, or of cutting them short, there are a number of herbs and supplements that could be of some use, according to Amanda Ursell, a nutritionist with The Times of London. Washing your hands often, especially when near ... Read More


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