Solving the Mystery Flu That Killed 50 Million People

MoreCalifornia Bill Banning ‘Affluenza’ Defense Is Nixed7 Ebola Patients in Guinea Fight Off the Disease4 Diseases Making a Comeback Thanks to Anti-VaxxersYears ago the environmental historian Alfred Crosby was at Washington State University, where he was teaching at the time, when on a whim he decided to pick up an old almanac from 1917. (This is apparently the kind of thing historians like to do in their spare time.) He looked up the U.S. life expectancy in that year—it was about 51 years. He turned to the 1919 almanac, and found about the same figure. Then Crosby picked up the almanac from 1918. The U.S. life expectancy in 1918 had fallen to 39 years. “What the hell happened?” Crosby told the New York Times writer Gina Kolata in her book Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918. “ The life expectancy had dropped to what it had been fifty years before.” MoreMumps Outbreak Reported at University of IllinoisAlmost Half of Homeless Men Had a Previous Brain InjuryMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostTony Awards 2014: Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, Chris O'Dowd Score Nods PeopleWhat happened was the 1918 influenza pandemic. A virus that usually does little more than make people feel awful for a few days killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, if not far more, with 65...
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[The Conversation Africa] The first case of Lassa fever in Nigeria was recorded in 1969. A zoonotic disease endemic to West Africa, the disease was named after the town in Nigeria where the first case occurred.
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Merck has agreed to buy Seattle-based biotechnology company, Immune Design, with the goal of improving vaccine development.
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Hero ínas de la vida real: Adamari López aprendió a escuchar a su cuerpo ... Está en camino a la recuperación después de una peligrosa influenza que casi le roba la vida. ... por: Jennifer García Ca...
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The goal of the Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinical Trial Group's Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) meeting was to assemble experts from academia, government, nonprofit and industry to discuss the current state of research, gaps and challenges in research and technology and priorities and new directions to address the continued emergence of multidrug-resistant NG infections. Topics discussed at the meeting, which will be the focus of this article, include AMR NG global surveillance initiatives, the use of whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics to understand mutations associated with AMR, ...
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Between January and May in 2018, 17 male cases of hepatitis A were reported in Yokohama, Japan. Of these, 14 identified as men who have sex with men. The viral sequence in this outbreak was same as that of the recent European and Taiwanese outbreaks strain.
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Conclusion: Rheumatology and internal medicine patients, including patients treated with methotrexate without corticosteroids, are at risk of developing chronic HEV infection. Rheumatology and internal medicine patients with abnormal liver tests should be screened for HEV infection.
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