Aug 242012
 
Brain Eating Organism Found in Louisiana Water Supply

  Last year, two Louisiana residents died from a single-celled organism that thrives in warm, freshwater after using tap water for flushing their sinuses. The amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri, can cause primary amoebic meningoecephalitis (PAM), which is fatal in 99 per cent of cases. Both victims, a 51-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, had [...More...]

May 102012
 
Plague Confirmed in Mountainous Areas of California

San Diego County health officials announced on May 3rd that a ground squirrel found in the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain in California has tested positive for plague.  Officials found the infected animal during routine monitoring. Officials stated that it is not unusual to find plague in mountainous communities during the summer.  Visitors should [...More...]

Mar 302012
 
Alabama McDonald's Customers Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis A

  Customers who ate at a McDonald's in Northport, AL between February 28 and March 14 may have been exposed to hepatitis A through an infected employee, according to the Alabama Department of Health.  In a news alert, state health officials advised customers who visited the McDonald's at 2000 McFarland Blvd. in Northport, Alabama any [...More...]

Mar 182012
 
Smartphones can help track diseases

Smartphones can improve disease surveillance in the developing world with more accurate, faster, cheaper gathering of disease information, U.S. researchers say. A study presented Monday at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta reported smartphone use was cheaper than traditional paper survey methods in tracking disease spreads in Kenya. The Kenya Ministry of [...More...]

Mar 132012
 
Animal diseases increasingly plague the oceans

When dead sea mammals started washing ashore on Canada's west coast in greater numbers, marine biologist Andrew Trites was distressed to find that domestic animal diseases were killing them. Around the world, seals, otters and other species are increasingly infected by parasites and other diseases long common in goats, cows, cats and dogs, marine mammal [...More...]

Mar 122012
 
Prions play powerful role in the survival and evolution of wild yeast strains

Prions, the much-maligned proteins most commonly known for causing “mad cow” disease, are commonly used in yeast to produce beneficial traits in the wild. Moreover, such traits can be passed on to subsequent generations and eventually become “hard-wired” into the genome, contributing to evolutionary change.

Mar 052012
 
Researcher tracks agricultural overuse of bug-killing technology

High corn prices are leading many growers to plant corn every year and to overuse pesticides and other bug-killing technology to maximize yields, researchers report. In many instances, pesticides are applied without scouting fields to see if they are needed, violating a bedrock principle of integrated pest management. The result is a biological diversity desert in many corn and soybean fields in the agricultural Midwest, and signs that the surviving insects are becoming resistant to several key bug-fighting tools now available to farmers.

Feb 152012
 
Rabid Moose Allegedly Infects 14 Russians

  Two Moscow Region residents have been hospitalized, twelve of their relatives are on ambulant treatment after coming into contacting with a rabid moose, the Life News tabloid website wrote on Monday. Forester Sergei Fioktistov, 50, and game specialists Alexander Mikhnuk found a moose in distress near a road in Odintsovo district, the news portal [...More...]

Feb 152012
 
Outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Severe in Alabama

  Alabama has been hit with the first U.S. outbreak of a foreign form of the virus that causes the childhood illness called hand, foot and mouth disease this winter, according to state health officials.  That's causing more and tougher cases of the disease, including infections in adults and some hospitalizations, said Mary McIntyre, an [...More...]

Feb 132012
 
German Health Experts Baffled By Village Where Every Household is Suffering From Cancer

  Health experts in Germany are baffled by a small village where cancer has hit almost every household. Wewelsfleth, which has a population of 1,500, has been labelled the ‘village of the damned’ as new cancer cases are 50 per cent above average. Researchers who investigated the phenomenon, which includes breast, lung, oesophageal, womb and [...More...]

Feb 132012
 
Swine Flu Vaccine Has Largest Number of Adverse Reactions

  The Swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, is the leading drug responsible for the largest number of suspected adverse reactions.   A whopping 779 suspected adverse reactions were linked to the vaccine between 2010 and 2011. Most of reported symptoms were relatively mild, such as localized swelling, gastrointestinal problems and flu-like symptoms. Health official have identified [...More...]

Feb 102012
 
Nine Positive Cases of KFD Disease Detected (Monkey Disease)

  Nine people have tested positive for 'Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), known as Monkey disease in Theerthahlli taluk in the past 15 days a top district official said in India. Kyasanur Forest Disease is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to South Asia.  The disease is caused by a virus belonging to the family flaviviridae, [...More...]

Feb 092012
 
Did Chemical Sill Fro 1970 Train Crash Cause High Schoolers Tourette's-Like Outbreak?

  Questions still surround the mysterious Tourette’s like symptoms affecting 19 teens in Le Roy. Experts are now questioning if a 40-year old chemical spill has contaminated the local water supply. Around 30,000 gallons of trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial solvent that's hazardous in high doses and can affect the nervous system, were dumped into the [...More...]

Feb 052012
 
3000 Cases of Swine Flu Confirmed, 58 Dead in Mexico in the past Month

  The number of patients with swine flu (H1N1) infection has increased in Mexico. According to the representatives of the Ministry of Health, 3,000 cases of the flu have been registered since the beginning of the year. The death toll reached fifty-eight people. The number of infected people is expected to increase in the near [...More...]

Feb 052012
 
200 Florida Bound Passengers Hit With Fast-Spreading Norovirus on Two Cruise Ships

    More than 200 passengers on two cruise ships headed to south Florida have been stricken with a rapidly spreading gastrointestinal illness. Princess Cruise Lines say two of its ships were hit with a norovirus that causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. The Crown Princess returned from a seven-day cruise Saturday and was docked [...More...]

Jan 312012
 
Meningococcal Meningitis Spreads in Five Vietnam Localities

  The Preventive Health Department under the Health Ministry reported that the meningococcal meningitis epidemic has spread in five provinces and cities in Vietnam.  To date, 11 patients, all of them children, have been confirmed to suffer from the disease Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the meninges that [...More...]

Jan 292012
 
Mystery Tourettes Like Illness Gettig National Attention

  The number is now more than two dozen girls, all with Tourettes like symptoms, including twitching, jerking and vocal tics. As our health reporter Marcie Fraser reports, the case spans New York State and is gaining national attention. CORINTH, N.Y. — "My daughter is Alycia Nicholson. We are from Corinth, N.Y." Randy Nicholson is [...More...]