About one-third of the human population is infected with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, but most of them don't know it. Though Toxoplasma causes no symptoms in most people, it can be harmful to individuals with suppressed immune systems, and to fetuses whose mothers become infected during ... Read More
When men learn the HPV vaccine—which protects women from cervical cancer—can prevent anal cancer, they’re more willing to get vaccinated, a new study shows.
Last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil, to prevent anal cancer and a... Read More
Disparities in flu vaccination rates based on race, ethnicity, and age grow even larger in years when the vaccine supply is limited or delayed.
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the gap in seasonal influenza vaccination rates for African Americans, Hi... Read More
As Republicans take control of the US House of Representatives, science could take a hit – despite a new Congressional measure to boost funding.
"There's going to be a big fight," says Michael Lubell of the American Physical Society in Washington DC. "The question is who blinks first."
In ... Read More
Researchers have found a new way of testing for tuberculosis that is fast, cheap and widely available: large rats that can smell the bacteria in a sputum sample.
There are expensive and complicated laboratory tests for tuberculosis, and the World Health Organization recently endorsed a new ma... Read More
Maggots. Rotten meat. Pus-oozing sores. Grossed out yet? Probably. The emotion of disgust is universal, strong and easy to invoke. A single disgusting photo is all it takes to make most of us say, "Ick."
And that's for a good reason. Just as fear protects us from a lion that would eat us, "... Read More
Japanese bird sanctuaries, poultry farms and zoos went on high alert last month after several species of migratory birds in different regions were found dead of what appeared to be H5N1 avian influenza.
The virus frightened flu specialists when it resurfaced in Hong Kong in 2003 and quickly s... Read More
Frustrated by paywalls on scientific papers? Biologist Rosie Redfield has set up a blog site called Science Leaks that provides links to “peer-reviewed scientific papers that been liberated from behind journal-subscription paywalls.”
The idea is to ensure that research, especially research pa... Read More
Chronic fatigue syndrome causes a host of debilitating symptoms: profound exhaustion, disordered sleep, muscle and joint pain and severe cognitive problems, among others. But what causes the syndrome itself?
Since the first cases in the United States were identified in the 1980s, scientists ... Read More
Plans to divert £10m from the Scottish pandemic flu budget to the Commonwealth Games fund have come under fire.
Labour's health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie criticised ministers for pledging to transfer money set aside for extra vaccines and antivirals.
She said the ongoing threat of a swine... Read More
We’ve written about the growing problem of Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that, like antibiotic-resistant staph, is posing a health threat in hospitals. One study found that C. diff is infecting more than 1 in 100 hospital inpatients.
And now we have a clearer picture of how C. diff is sp... Read More
A strong argument that the novel human retrovirus XMRV is not a laboratory contaminant is the the finding that viral DNA is integrated in chromosomal DNA of prostate tumors. Why does this result constitute such strong proof of viral infection?
Establishment of an integrated copy of the viral ... Read More
A new truth about Lady Gaga’s health has recently been revealed. She is covered in other life forms—“her little monsters” you might call them.
Contrary to statements otherwise in the media, these life forms have nothing to do with Lady Gaga’s meat bikini (For those who need the extra explana... Read More
Moselio Schaechter of the Small Things Considered blog reviews the results of a recent paper "Microbial metalloproteomes are largely uncharacterized" from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia, Athens, and ponders its implications.
"Now... Read More
This episode: Bacteria help ants keep parasites out of their fungal gardens!
Humans are not the only species ruled by a circadian rhythm. Even simple organisms like molds are governed by an inner clock.
Studying red bread mold may teach us how our own internal clock works. This is exactly what the Centre for Organelle Research (CORE) at the University of Stavanger, No... Read More
In a year full of major advances, over-hyped findings and controversial studies, it was tough for the Wired Science staff to choose which breakthroughs were the biggest in 2010. So we've collected the ones that stood out the most to us.
From synthetic life and three-parent embryos to the poss... Read More
A three-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man have died of influenza infection in Goettingen. In both cases, the swine flu virus H1N1 was confirmed. But health officials said on Monday that there was "no need to panic."
he Lower Saxony social affairs ministry confirmed on Monday that two patien... Read More
A Newcastle doctor has published a case study of Australia's first reported case of humans infected with a bacteria from cat fleas, but says it is probably more common than most GPs realise.
The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, documents the case of a Victorian family ... Read More
Hydrocephalus in Ugandan children and other developing countries is seasonal, linked to farm animals and in part, caused by previous bacterial infection, according to an international team of researchers from Uganda and the United States, who believe that the best approach to this problem is pre... Read More