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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.


Blowing In The Wind: The Mysterious Kawasaki Disease

Hard to diagnose, with an unknown cause, Kawasaki disease has been puzzling doctors for 150 years. Jeremy Hsu explores what we know, and still don’t know, about this troubling childhood heart condition.


Pentagon Knuckleheads Mistakenly Sent Anthrax To Australia Too

Remember when we found out that a US Defense Department lab sent live anthrax from a Utah Army lab to 28 different places in the US and one military base in South Korea? It didn’t stop there: The deadly lab samples were also sent to Canada and Australia.


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