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Six Smallpox Vials Found in FDA Lab Storage Room

Six glass vials containing smallpox were discovered in the storage room of an FDA laboratory located in Bethesda, Maryland. The vials had been there since the 1950s. They have since been transfered to the CDC's high-containment facility in Atlanta. Read more... July 8, 2014

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Has Killed 337

The ebola outbreak in three West African countries continues and shows no signs of slowing down. A new update from the World Health Organization describes 47 new cases and 14 deaths in three countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, during the past week. Read more... June 18, 2014




Study Links Reduced Sleep to Childhood Obesity

A new study has linked reduced sleep to childhood obesity. Over 1,000 children were monitored in the study conducted by researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Read more... June 7, 2014

Patient Dies From Mad Cow Disease in Texas

A Texas patient has died from Mad Cow disease. Lab tests confirmed the patient was suffering from Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (Variant CJD or vCJD). The fatal brain disorder, caused by infectious prions, can spread from diseased cows to humans if people eat contaminated beef. This is only the fourth confirmed death in the U.S. from mad cow. Read more... June 5, 2014

Study Finds Bullies May Get Health Benefit From Bullying Others

A new study by Duke University has found that bullies appear to get a health benefit from their cruel deeds. The study followed 1,420 children ages 9 to 21 starting in 1993. The study followed these individuals for more than 20 years. Using blood samples, the researchers measured C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of low-grade inflammation and a risk factor for health problems, including metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Read more... May 19, 2014

Windshield Washer Fluid is a Source of Legionnaires Say Scientists

Scientists have determined that Legionnaires disease may be able to grow in windshield washer fluid. The bacteria can cause serious respiratory illness. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Read more... May 19, 2014

Illinois Man Catches MERS From Indiana Man

The CDC reports that an Illinois man has caught MERS from an Indiana man. The man was never outside of the U.S. and met with the Indiana patient twice. The man tested positive for MERS but has had a very mild case. He has not been hospitalized and did not require medical care for his minor symptoms. Read more... May 17, 2014

Two Orlando Health Care Workers Exposed to MERS Patient Fall Ill

Two Orlando health care workers exposed to the MERS patient may have contracted MERS. The MERS patient is the second confirmed case of MERS in the U.S. The first was a patient in Indiana who has recovered. The Orlando patient was symptomatic at the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, Florida. This means health care workers who attended to him - unaware he had MERS - were potentially exposed to the virus because they were not wearing masks. Read more... May 13, 2014

Second MERS Case Confirmed in the U.S.

A second MERS case has been confirmed in the U.S. The patient is a healthcare worker who had been traveling in the Middle East. CNN reports that the patient is in an Orlando, Florida hospital. The patient traveled from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to London. They then traveled from London to Boston, from Boston to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to Orlando. The patient is reportedly in good condition. Read more... May 12, 2014

Researchers Discover Gene Linked to Esophageal Cancer

Researchers at University of Cambridge have discovered a gene (TRIM44) linked to esophageal cancer. The image above shows multiple copies of the TRIM44 gene in an esophageal cancer cell line. The researchers say in the announcement that drug therapies based on their discovery could help up to 15% of those diagnosed with cancer. Read more... May 11, 2014


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