Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

A new study estimates that improving the rates of handwashing by travelers passing through just 10 of the world’s leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many infectious diseases. And the greater the improvement in people’s handwashing habits at airports, the more dramatic the effect on slowing the disease, the researchers found. The findings, which deal with infectious diseases […]

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Coronavirus in America: Keep your panic in check

(HealthDay)—A deadly virus that’s surging through a foreign country makes its way into the United States, carried into this country by an unwitting traveler. In response, Americans panic, convinced the pathogen will soon sweep through the nation—even though only a handful of people in the United States have fallen ill. That may sound like the current state of affairs with […]

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Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches

The opioid crisis and deaths related to e-cigarette use among teenagers have dominated news headlines recently. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 34 people had died as a result of vaping and, in 2017, opioid addiction was responsible for more than 47,000 deaths in the U.S. Opioid addiction has been declared a public health emergency. Yet […]

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Scientists create 'virus' to defeat superbugs

Scientists create an artificial ‘virus’ which can track down and destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria without being spotted by the immune system Scientists used the inspiration of a virus to design antibiotic from ground up Viruses like ‘solid cages’ built from tiny blocks, with shape determining function Researchers took shape and used it as scaffold to build a new virus Designed it […]

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What you need to know about coronavirus

The latest strain of coronavirus, a respiratory illness associated with the common cold and pneumonia, has recently spread from China to the United States and Europe. As of Jan. 26, five travel-related cases in the United States have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 1,320 cases of the […]

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