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Researchers Look At Ancient Poo To Discover The History Of Infectious Diseases

As the TV show Scrubs once said, “everything comes down to poo”. This is true in sitcom land, but also in science.


US Government-Funded Zika Study To Use Olympic Athletes As Guinea Pigs

In an effort to learn more about the dreaded disease, the US National Institutes of Health is funding a study in which a group of US athletes, coaches and staff will be monitored for exposure to the Zika virus while attending the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil.


How A Flu Virus Invades A Cell

Researchers from the University of Washington are the first to visualise the insidious way that the flu virus latches onto a cell and plows its way inside, causing an infection.


Why 'Neglected Diseases' Are Becoming A Global Danger

Though over 1 billion people suffer from them, they’re called “neglected diseases.” That’s because they attract little public attention and research money. But these diseases are about to explode across the globe, which is why many doctors say the neglect needs to stop now.


African Monkeys Caught Eating Bats For The First Time

Researchers working in Africa are the first to observe monkeys preying on bats. The unusual behaviour, which may have something to do with loss of habitat, could explain how dangerous diseases such as Ebola spread among species — and eventually to humans.


New Research Suggests Zika Can Cross The Placental Barrier

Researchers in Brazil have detected traces of the Zika virus in the amniotic fluid of two fetuses with microcephaly, further bolstering the connection between the two. However, questions still remain.


Dengue Outbreak Prompts State Of Emergency On Hawaii's Big Island

The largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago has recorded nearly 250 cases of dengue fever since the start of September, prompting officials to declare a localised state of emergency.


The WHO Held An Emergency Session Due To The Zika Virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced an emergency session to address the “explosive spread” of the disease, which has been linked to birth defects.


The World's First Dengue Fever Vaccine Is Coming To 3 Countries

A third of the world’s population is at risk of contracting Dengue Fever, a miserable virus that’s a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics. Now, for the first time ever, three countries have approved a promising new vaccine.


This Year's Nobel Prize In Medicine Goes To Breakthroughs In Fighting Parasitic Diseases

The first Nobel Prize of 2015 has been awarded jointly to three scientists for their groundbreaking work in developing therapies that fight infections caused by malaria and roundworm parasites.


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