Gastrointestinal Infections Can Be Transmitted to Humans Through Viral Clusters

By |2018-08-14T02:52:51+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Norovirus and rotavirus are dangerous, hard-to-treat viruses that affect millions of individuals each year. These viruses are known to cause widespread outbreaks in various settings due to how contagious they are. While there is a vaccine available against the rotavirus, there is still a need to determine more about how the viruses are spread. It [...]

Caribbean Warned To Prepare For Possibility Of Severe Outbreak Of Dengue Fever

By |2018-08-14T02:47:46+00:00August 14th, 2018|

While Chikungunya and Zika which swept the region in 2014 and 2016 are not expected back anytime soon, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning residents to “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018.” It says that’s because the pre-conditions of abundant mosquito vector levels still exist and [...]

Dietary stearic acid regulates mitochondria in vivo in humans

By |2018-08-14T02:37:36+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Abstract Since modern foods are unnaturally enriched in single metabolites, it is important to understand which metabolites are sensed by the human body and which are not. We previously showed that the fatty acid stearic acid (C18:0) signals via a dedicated pathway to regulate mitofusin activity and thereby mitochondrial morphology and function in cell culture. [...]


By |2018-08-14T02:20:46+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Microbes live all around us. They thrive in our guts and propagate on our skin. They also ride the subway. Some microbes can lead to illnesses like stomach bugs that are easily treated, but others are far worse. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are so resilient they can sometimes kill their human hosts. This is why one team of [...]

Romania reports human West Nile virus death

By |2018-08-14T02:00:36+00:00August 14th, 2018|

In a follow-up on the West Nile virus (WNV) situation in Romania,  the National Center for Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control reported (computer translated) since the start of surveillance on May 2, 2018, 23 meningitis / meningo-encephalitis have been reported due to West Nile virus infection and a death in the case of a 79-year-old patient who had comorbidities. [...]

Many U.S. school districts unprepared for infectious disease outbreaks

By |2018-08-14T01:56:11+00:00August 14th, 2018|

CDC study finds natural disaster plans lacking Many public school districts are ill-prepared to respond to natural disasters – particularly during an influenza pandemic or another infectious disease outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed school districts across the United States to determine if they had comprehensive plans in place to respond to [...]

Sweden: Measles case reported in Stockholm

By |2018-08-13T12:54:32+00:00August 13th, 2018|

An adult person has been confirmed positive for measles in Stockholm County, according to a Stockhoms lans lansting release (computer translated).  Sweden/CIA The person arrived at Danderyd Hospital by ambulance on August 2 and was isolated and sampling confirmed measles. The assessment at the present time is that there is no connection to previous measles cases in the county. When [...]

Scientists Discover The Secret Weapon Of Stomach Viruses

By |2018-08-13T12:41:09+00:00August 13th, 2018|

Researchers have discovered why some stomach bugs hit us so hard — and spread so fast. New research published Wednesday in Cell Host & Microbe found that stomach infections, like norovirus and rotavirus, are more contagious and more potent when the virus particles cluster together. These findings may help treat — and even prevent — these viruses more [...]