The Forgotten Virus: Zika Families and Researchers Struggle for Support
Some babies born with devastating birth defects from the mosquito-borne illness are 7 now, but Covid turned the world ’s attention away. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephanie Nolen and Dado Galdieri Tags: Zika Virus Microcephaly Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Babies and Infants Viruses Children and Childhood Mosquitoes Research Birth Defects Pregnancy and Childbirth Medicine and Health Brain Brazil Recife (Brazil) your-feed-science y Source Type: news

A Hotter World Means More Disease Outbreaks in Our Future
As global temperatures have risen in recent decades, so have the number of outbreaks of infectious diseases. SARS, MERS, Zika, West Nile, COVID-19, and now clusters of monkeypox and polio have all recently threatened public health. That’s no coincidence. In a study published in August in Nature Climate Change, researchers tried to understand the relationship between major environmental changes related to higher greenhouse gas emissions—including global warming, rising sea levels, storms, floods, drought, and heat waves—and the outbreaks of 375 human infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, and oth...
Source: TIME: Health - August 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized climate change COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

The Virus Hunters Trying to Prevent the Next Pandemic
Nobody saw SARS-CoV-2 coming. In the early days of the pandemic, researchers were scrambling to collect samples from people who had mysteriously developed fevers, coughs, and breathing problems. Pretty soon, they realized that the disease-causing culprit was a new virus humans hadn’t seen before. And the world, lacking a coordinated global response, was unprepared. Some countries acted quickly to develop tests for the novel coronavirus, while others with fewer resources were left behind. With a virus oblivious to national borders, and with travel between countries and continents more common than it had been in previo...
Source: TIME: Health - August 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park and Video by Andrew D. Johnson Tags: Uncategorized Disease Frontiers of Medicine 2022 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Declaring monkeypox an international emergency, WHO chief rejects expert panel ’s advice
The World Health Organisation (WHO) today declared the global spread of monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), even though a special advisory committee has declined, again, to recommend the action. This is the first time since the PHEIC system was created in 2005 that the agency has made such a declaration without the panel’s endorsement. “This is big, unprecedented decision-making by the director general,” says Clare Wenham, a global health expert at the London School of Economics who has studied the history of PHEICs. WHO’s Emergency Committee, which met on 21 July, did ...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 23, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

World Health Organization Declares Monkeypox a Global Emergency
LONDON — The World Health Organization said the expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency, a declaration Saturday that could spur further investment in treating the once-rare disease and worsen the scramble for scarce vaccines. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the decision to issue the declaration despite a lack of consensus among members of WHO’s emergency committee. It was the first time the chief of the U.N. health agency has taken such an action. “In short, we have an outbreak that has...
Source: TIME: Health - July 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Time Tags: Uncategorized wire Source Type: news

Dr. Anthony Fauci Expected to Retire By the End of Biden ’ s Current Term
WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Monday he plans to retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s term in January 2025. Fauci, 81, was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984, and has led research in HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, Ebola, Zika and the coronavirus. He has advised seven presidents and is Biden’s chief medical adviser. In an interview with Politico, Fauci said he hoped to “leave behind an institution where I have picked the best people in the country, if not the world, who will cont...
Source: TIME: Health - July 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Africa: Viruses Can Change Your Scent to Make You More Attractive to Mosquitoes, New Research Finds
[The Conversation Africa] Mosquitoes are the world's deadliest animal. Over 1 million deaths per year are attributed to mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, Zika and chikungunya fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 1, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zika and dengue may make humans more attractive to mosquitoes
Zika and dengue fever viruses alter the scent of humans and mice they infect, researchers say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Drawn to Hosts Infected by Dengue, Zika
Flavivirus infections alter the skin microbiome of mice to increase the production of a sweet-smelling compound that attracts the viruses’ insect vectors, a study finds. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 30, 2022 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Monkeypox Is Not a Global Emergency ‘At This Stage,’ WHO Says
(London) — The World Health Organization (WHO) said the escalating monkeypox outbreak in more than 50 countries should be closely monitored but does not warrant being declared a global health emergency. In a statement Saturday, a WHO emergency committee said many aspects of the outbreak were “unusual” and acknowledged that monkeypox—which is endemic in some African countries—has been neglected for years. “While a few members expressed differing views, the committee resolved by consensus to advise the WHO director-general that at this stage the outbreak should be determined to not constit...
Source: TIME: Health - June 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Cheng / AP Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Public Health wire Source Type: news

What are Potential Problems with Placental Abnormalities?
Discussion “The placenta is a unique organ that sits at the interface of, and facilitates nearly all interactions between, maternal and fetal physiology. It is the sole source of oxygen and nutrition for the fetus, and provides a protective barrier against external insults. The placenta is also a highly adaptable organ that is capable of showing a wide range of pathological changes in response to various maternal and fetal factors and stressors.” The placenta has 3 layers: the amnion (fetal side), the chorion, and decidua (maternal side). In addition to making observations about the maternal and fetal sides, co...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 27, 2022 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Opens First Satellite Center for Global Health Discovery in Asia Pacific at Duke-NUS to Advance Dengue Research
SINGAPORE, June 21, 2022 – Johnson & Johnson (the Company) today announced the launch of the new J&J Satellite Center for Global Health Discovery (Satellite Center) at Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School, jointly established by Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a graduate-entry medical school and research powerhouse. As the first of the J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery (J&J Centers) in the Asia-Pacific region, the Satellite Center at Duke-NUS aims to help drive new solutions to address flaviviruses, which disproportionately impact communities across the region, by ...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - June 21, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Monkeypox Testing Shows the U.S. Learned Little from the COVID-19 Pandemic
U.S. testing for monkeypox is insufficient to determine how widespread the virus is and where new cases are cropping up, according to infectious disease experts and advocates concerned about a sluggish response to the outbreak that’s already hit 32 countries. While government labs have the capacity to test as many as 8,000 samples a week, they’re only using 2% of that capability, suggesting that about 23 monkeypox tests are being performed a day, said James Krellenstein, the cofounder of PrEP4All, an HIV advocacy group that widened its focus during the pandemic. Much more testing is needed to find out where the...
Source: TIME: Health - June 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madison Muller / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate News Desk wire Source Type: news

We are able to predict pandemic based on changes in virus, other signals: Bharat Biotech founder
While speaking at India pavilion at Vivatech 2022, Bharat Biotech founder and chairman Krishna Ella said that the company had predicted Zika virus around two years before it was noticed and he had also predicted about a pandemic in December 2019 before COVID-19 surfaced across the world. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 16, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zika Virus Infection Fast Facts
Read CNN's Fast Facts on Zika and learn about the virus spread through mosquito bites that can cause birth defects. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 8, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news