Tracking the spread of sickness and disease

Public Health News

Select a news feed

Can HSV2 be transmitted through oral sex? What you need to know

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Herpes simplex virus type 2 is a form of herpes that can be sexually transmitted and causes lesions to form on the skin. Can HSV2 be transmitted orally?

Coughing at night: Ten ways to relieve a nighttime cough

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Having a persistent cough that occurs at night can be irritating and prevent restful sleep. We look at ten ways to help relieve nighttime coughing.

Too much manganese may lead to fatal heart infection

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research finds that excessive intake of manganese, an essential nutrient in leafy vegetables, may lead to a Staphylococcus aureus heart infection.

Poliovirus kills off cancer cells, stops tumor regrowth

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A modified poliovirus appears to trigger the body's anti-tumor immunity. The new study showed promising results in human breast cancer cells and mice.

Tinea manuum: Symptoms, appearance, and treatments

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT

What is tinea manuum? In this article, learn about the causes of tinea manuum, how the skin becomes infected, and how it is diagnosed. Can it be prevented?

Antibiotic identified that reduces infection risk in young leukemia patients

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital researchers have identified an antibiotic that significantly reduced the odds of infections in children starting treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)...

Why chocolate is good for your gut

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Chocolate is a favorite snack of choice for many. Find out how it can influence your gut flora, keeping potentially harmful inflammation at bay.

Scientists find potential mechanism for deadly, sepsis-induced secondary infection

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:00:00 PDT

In mice, an infection-induced condition known as sepsis may increase the risk of life-threatening secondary infection by preventing recruitment of infection-fighting cells to the skin, according to...

'Superbug' bacteria gang up on us, fueled by antibiotic use, nursing home study suggests

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Understanding the ecosystem of multidrug-resistant bacteria, and how antibiotics affect them, could lead to better infection prevention.

Should we blame our genes for the bacteria behind tooth decay?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

While human host genes may influence oral microbiome composition, it is unlikely that they control the bacteria that promote tooth decay, says a new study.

Raw milk may prevent allergy and asthma, but is it safe?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

More people are choosing to drink unpasteurized milk. Research shows that it can reduce allergy and asthma, but raw milk can also contain deadly bacteria.

Sulfur burps: Remedies, treatment, and causes

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn about sulfur burps. What is a sulfur burp and what might cause one to occur? When should a healthcare professional be consulted?

New insights on chronic bronchitis could lead to first diagnostic test and better treatments

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

When a patient arrives at a doctor's office with a persistent cough and the sensation of gunk building up in the lungs, the doctor's thought process is essentially the same as it would have been...

Omega-3 may keep gut microbiota diverse and healthy

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that an intake of omega-3 fatty acids - commonly found in fish oil - may improve the biodiversity of the gut microbiota.

Respiratory tract infections in young children linked to asthma and worse lung function in later life

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Respiratory tract infections in young children are linked to an increased risk of asthma and worse lung function in later life, according to new research to be presented at the European Respiratory...

Blocking sweet taste receptors can help body fight off sinus infections

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Bitter taste receptors in the upper airway are a first line of defense against sinus infections, but their ability to kill harmful toxins and pathogens is blocked when the sweet taste receptors are...

Walking pneumonia in children: Symptoms and treatment

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In this article, we look at walking pneumonia in children, what causes it, how it is diagnosed, the symptoms, and how it is treated and prevented.

Coughing so hard you vomit: Causes and treatments

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Severe and persistent coughs can cause vomiting in some cases. Learn about the potential causes of coughing leading to vomiting, and how to treat it.

Brain cancer could be treated with Zika virus

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Scientists suggest that the Zika virus can kill brain cancer stem cells. They hope to be able to safely harness it for future treatments.

Virus that causes mono may increase risk of MS for multiple races

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Like whites, Hispanic and black people who have had mononucleosis, commonly known as mono, which is caused by Epstein-Barr virus, may have an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a...