Health & Wellness


Mutation Makes Bubonic Plague More Lethal

Bacteria that cause the bubonic plague may be more virulent than their close relatives because of a single genetic mutation, according to research published in the May issue of the journal Microbiology.

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Yersinia pestis, direct fluorescent antibody stain (DFA), at 200x magnification.
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Respiratory Infections Continue to Plague San Antonio

For the fourth week in a row, people in San Antonio are going to see the doctor because of upper respiratory infections.
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Conservatives Happier Than Liberals Because They're Better at Creating Their Own Realities

Individuals with conservative ideologies are happier than liberal-leaners, and new research pinpoints the reason: Conservatives rationalize social and economic inequalities.

MfD: Girl suddenly stops thinking

Prague, May 2 (CTK) - A Czech woman, now aged 28, absolutely lost ability to think 14 years ago and has not recovered since, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote Friday.

The 14-year-old girl started her eighth grade. Her mother was called by the school staff telling her that her daughter was standing in front of the school and does not know where to go. She forgot who she was and what she was doing there, MfD writes.

All of a sudden, the girl's brain stopped rightly working.

Deadly Animal Virus May Soon Come to U.S. Mainland

The nation's food supply may soon be under significant threat as the result of a Bush administration decision to move its research on one of the most contagious animal diseases from an isolated island laboratory to the U.S. mainland, placing it near herds of livestock.

Caged Cows

Comment: Grady Thrasher is justified to worry about a research lab outbreak. Viruses are known to have "accidentally" escaped "highly secured" labs before. Another thought worthy of consideration is whether the slaughter of cattle, chicken, etc due to "accidental" virus outbreaks, are part of an insidious agenda to starve the population. The reader might like to visit this article: First They Came For The Cows - Are The Sheeple Next?


Australia: Ross River virus breakthrough - Transcript

Tony Eastley: A team of Australian researchers claim to have made a breakthrough in treating the debilitating arthritis triggered by the Ross River virus.

The disease is the most common mosquito borne virus in Australia and can cause painful inflammation and arthritis.

The research published in the latest Journal of Infectious Diseases offers new hope and some relief for sufferers as Lindy Kerin reports.

Lindy Kerin: Ross River Virus is now found across the country and affects between five and eight thousand Australians every year.

About a third of those infected will suffer severe aches and pains in their joints.

Professor Suresh Mahalingam and his colleagues at the University of Canberra have been studying Ross River virus for the past four years.

Now they've identified the cell responsible for causing the joint inflammation and tissue damage.

Doctors punished in China for mishandling deadly virus: Xinhua

Beijing - Ten doctors and officials in China have been punished for mishandling a virus that has killed 26 children, state media reported as the number of infected youngsters rose to nearly 12,000.

The punishments have been meted out in the eastern Anhui province, where the bulk of the deaths have occurred and local officials have been accused of being too slow to report the disease, Xinhua news agency said late on Monday.

Child virus fears spread to China's capital

Beijing - Fears of a virus that has killed at least 26 children in China gripped parents in Beijing as officials on Tuesday temporarily closed two kindergartens amid a spreading outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease.

The health scare prompted the Foreign Ministry to seek to assure the country it was doing its best to contain the outbreak.

"The Chinese government is paying great attention to the virus and related departments are taking effective measures to stop it from spreading," ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news conference.

EV71 virus has caused deaths in Vietnam: health official

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A boy suspected of being infected with the deadly enterovirus 71 (EV71)

Hanoi - A virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease has infected around 400 people in Vietnam this year and led to an unknown number of deaths, a health official in the communist country said Tuesday.

Vietnam: Bird flu breaks out in one more southern province

vietnam ducks

Bird flu has been discovered in the southern province of Vinh Long, killing nearly 400 chickens of a farmer family in Xuan Hiep commune, Tra On district, reported the local veterinary agency.