Infectious Disease

A Locksmith & The Immune Army

January 3, 2011

The immune system relies heavily on memory and recognition, with its success dependent on marshaling defenses against only the right infectious invaders. Scientists are finding that this memory requires a lot of moving parts, including molecules [Read more]

The Other Part of Global Health

November 11, 2010

The past few decades have brought astounding progress in fighting the scourge of infectious disease in developing countries. It’s remarkable to think that a disease such as smallpox, which killed 50 million people a year only 50 years ago, has [Read more]

Feeding Your Internal Ecosystem

September 13, 2010

The human body is not just an organism, it’s an ecosystem. To the billions of microscopic bacteria, viruses and fungi living in the various nooks and crannies of our intestines, mouth, nose, and other areas, we are the world, the environment [Read more]

Turning MRSA’s Weapons On Itself

August 16, 2010

What infectious disease causes the most deaths in the United States? Most would probably guess HIV, or after last year’s H1N1 scare, influenza. But the deadliest infectious disease in our country is actually MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant form [Read more]

The Other African AIDS Orphans

June 24, 2010

The World Cup in South Africa has rightly given the people of the continent reason to celebrate and show off their ability to host an international party. But there remain severe political, economic, and health problems in Africa that a month-long [Read more]

2010 BIO Conference – Wednesday

May 5, 2010

This is the third day of our coverage of the 2010 BIO International Convention, a massive biotechnology conference being held this week at McCormick Place in Chicago. Come back all day for reports from panels, lectures, and the exhibit floor on how [Read more]

Revenge of the Vaccines

April 30, 2010

It’s fair to say that vaccines haven’t had the best few years in terms of PR. The “anti-vax” movement of parents suspicious about potential side effects of childhood vaccines has grown in strength, despite numerous studies [Read more]