Outbreaks and infections


Pandemics and plagues: the fight of our lives

Monday, 16 December 2013

Adam Jenney looks at two books that chart mankind’s battle against disease, the times we have won and the times we have not.


A clean bill of health

Monday, 9 September 2013

The battle to eradicate polio is a story of invention, prejudice, hardship, violence – and hope, says Todd Pitock.

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Vitamin C kills tuberculosis in accidental discovery

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 - 1 comment

Lab-grown tuberculosis (TB) bacteria has been killed with good old Vitamin C – an “unexpected” discovery scientists hope will lead to better, cheaper drugs.

An Anopheles stephensi mosquito, a known malarial vector. Credit: U.S. Centre for Disease Control

Gene clues point to Cambodia for resistant malaria

Monday, 29 April 2013

PARIS: Gene analysis of malaria parasites has pinpointed western Cambodia as the hotspot of strains that are dangerously resistant to artesiminin, the frontline drug against the disease, scientists said.

Virus particle, artwork

The next contagion

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

As human populations grow, we’re increasingly exposed to unknown, animal-borne diseases. When the next virus jumps the species barrier, can we catch it before it catches us? Zara Qadir investigates.


Study boosts link between flu vaccine, sleep disorder

Thursday, 28 February 2013

A study in England has strengthened evidence from Scandinavia that a vaccine used to prevent pandemic flu boosted the risk of sleep disorder among teens and children.

Scientists lift freeze on bird flu research_COSMOS science magazine

Scientists lift freeze on bird flu research

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Scientists who created a mutant bird flu virus said they will resume the controversial research after taking a 12-month break to allay fears of the bug escaping the lab or falling into terrorist hands.

Potential cure for AIDS in sight_COSMOS science magazine

Potential cure for AIDS in sight

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

In an important advance in the quest for an AIDS cure, an Australian scientist says he has discovered a way to turn the HIV virus against itself in human cells in the laboratory.

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Sydney 2012 is the next gastro pandemic

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A vomiting and diarrhoea bug dubbed in one news headline “the chunder from Down Under” has swept across Europe and could cause a pandemic.


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