Disease

Who could possibly forget Ebola - the virus that we were all talking about before Zika? Although it sounded like something from a bad science fiction movie, it was all too real. Fortunately, it's gone. Or is it?

In June of this year, the WHO declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea and in Liberia. This landmark came 42 days after the last person (the two year old boy in the photo) who was previously confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea and Liberia are currently in a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

But, that 90 day waiting period may be far too short, according to new data presented both at an Ebola-...

Hillary Clinton's camp has said she has pneumonia, which accounts for her wobbling at a September 11th ceremony. Like other sources of reliable medical and scientific information, we have been asked about the diagnosis of pneumonia and her potential for being contagious. Unlike most media outlets, we won't make diagnostic statements based on videotape and supposition, but we will spend a few moments talking about pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a broad term that means inflammation of the lung from an infectious source – that can be bacteria, viruses, and fungal pathogens. This results in damage to the tiny air sacs (alveoli) where oxygen transfers to the blood and carbon dioxide is released. When inflamed, the alveoli fill with fluid, resulting in the signs of symptoms of pneumonia,...

A recent report by the organization known as Cancer Research UK presents some worrisome data describing the population's lack of awareness about links between overweight status or obesity and several types of cancer. Nearly 3,300 individuals answered an online survey about obesity and its relation to various health risks — especially cancer. Seventy-five percent of those people said they didn't know that obesity was linked to cancer; this ignorance was more prevalent in those from "the lowest social grade", the report stated.

The researchers also found that women were more likely than men to list cancer as an obesity-linked heath condition. Even so, when asked about...

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Zika: The mosquito-borne virus that causes microcephaly in newborns has taken the world by storm.  To date, more than 80 travel-related Zika cases have been reported, with new information surfacing daily. And yet, we still know very little about the virus, but what we do know is concerning.  For everything you need to know about the virus, we have compiled some of our reports below:

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