Mosquitoes love to breed inside discarded car tires. So why not use this against them? Such is the thinking of Canadian researchers who have developed a DIY mosquito trap that’s already proving its worth in field tests.
The first Nobel Prize of 2015 has been awarded jointly to three scientists for their groundbreaking work in developing therapies that fight infections caused by malaria and roundworm parasites.
Around 60% of all human diseases and some 75% of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they spread from species to species. This remarkable visualization shows how these problematic pathogens proliferate among the animals.
Since the 9/11 attacks, researchers in the United States have conducted exceptionally cruel, even superfluous, experiments on animals to develop countermeasures to weapons of mass destruction. But as BuzzFeed reporter Peter Aldhous asks: Is all this suffering really necessary?
On May 9th, Liberia was formally cleared of the Ebola Virus Disease after its last patient recovered on March 20th: the end of the outbreak in the country was a major milestone in the greater outbreak that has crippled West Africa. Earlier this week, a 17 year old teenager died of the disease, and nobody knows exactly…
To fans of Game of Thrones, Greyscale and its disruptive terror might be a reminder of the Black Death or those mysterious poxes and fluxes that chroniclers wrote about in the era before modern medicine. But Greyscale’s allure for contemporary audiences can actually be traced back to a biblical mistranslation of…
An international team of scientists have isolated a gene within the Aedes aegypti mosquito that partially transforms females into males. Since only females spread diseases by feasting on human blood, the discovery could lead to powerful population control strategies.
There’s a plague currently afflicting starfish along the North American West Coast. Called sea star wasting disease, it’s a terrifying affliction that causes echinoderms to tear themselves apart. Now, for the first time ever, the disease has been spotted in northern waters—a possible consequence of global warming.
Though trial results published in The Lancet show malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 to be only partially effective, the intervention is still being hailed as a breakthrough. It’s “a classic example of the glass half full and glass half-empty”, vaccine expert Brian Greenwood, who has been involved in the project for two…
On any given day last month, an average of 4% of Americans said they were sick with the flu and 11.6% said they had a cold. That's the highest these figures have ever been since Gallup first starting keeping track back in 2008.
Today, humans suffer from a wide range of diseases and disorders that didn't exist in the past, a trend that will likely continue well into the future. Here are 10 unexpected and wholly unpleasant diseases we'll eventually have to contend with.
It's possible that HIV's ability to cause AIDS is slowing. A new paper from Oxford University suggests the disease is becoming less deadly and less infectious over time as it adapts to our immune system and therapies.
Though over 1 billion people suffer from them, they're called "neglected diseases." That's because they attract little public attention and research money. But these diseases are about to explode across the globe, which is why many doctors say the neglect needs to stop now.
As this new simplified simulation illustrates, Ebola may kill more than other diseases, but it spreads much slower.
Much of the media was in a tizzy yesterday about a respiratory virus that's currently making life miserable for people in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere. Called Enterovirus EV-D68, it's a severe and uncommon bug, but it's not a mystery either. Here's what you need to know about the virus.
How long does it take a single virus to spread around a busy facility? As new research points out, disturbingly quickly.
The 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak is now the largest and deadliest in history. But how far will it spread? Using the most recent data, a research team has created a computer simulation of its potential to reach around the globe, illustrating the urgency for containment.
The Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa likely started with a single infected person. This is actually good news because it means the current strain is descended from the original Ebola viral jump, and not new versions of the pathogen. It also means the current public health response is the right one.
This is the most cynical, horrifying thing I've heard in ages. PETA has restarted a campaign to try and pretend there's some link between "autism and dairy products," in an attempt to scare people into going Vegan. Update: We have a response from PETA.
Though it was responsible for tens of millions of European deaths in the mid 14th century, the Medieval Black Death left a surprisingly positive consequence in its wake. According to a new study, surviving generations lived longer and had better health than ever before.