Common Myths Fueling The Coronavirus Scare

Common Myths Fueling The Coronavirus Scare

The novel Coronavirus pandemic is currently put the whole world at a virtual standstill. With infections seen to increase all over the world, it seems that this may continue to be a grave concern for the entire planet for many months to come. One problem is that there is no cure yet for the disease […]

Researchers Discover How Persistent Bacteria Can Withstand Antibiotics

Researchers Discover How Persistent Bacteria Can Withstand Antibiotics

Antibiotics have become a common and effective means of fighting off bacterial ┬áinfections. But over the course of time, some bacteria may develop resistance to certain antibiotics that makes them more difficult to combat with the same treatment. Some persistent bacteria simply become dormant or inactive when exposed to certain antibacterial treatments, which┬áhelp them survive. […]

Anti-Fungal Drug Effective In Killing HIV

Anti-Fungal Drug Effective In Killing HIV

Researchers from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School have discovered that an anti-fungal drug may be effective in killing the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. In the study, the researchers used the drug Ciclopirox in cell cultures that have been infected with HIV. The anti-fungal compound effectively killed the HIV. Not only that, the HIV does […]

Studies Show Preventive Treatment May Help Reduce HIV Spread

Studies Show Preventive Treatment May Help Reduce HIV Spread

There are two new studies that suggest giving anti-retroviral drugs to heterosexuals that are at high risk of contracting HIV may significantly reduce the chance that it will develop into full-blown AIDS. Giving heterosexuals the anti-retroviral drugs while their immune system is still healthy reduced the risk of getting HIV from their infected partners by […]

Understanding Shingles

Understanding Shingles

Shingles is a painful skin condition that can be caused by viral infection. It appears as a rash, most often a band of blisters that can cover one side of the body although it may appear anywhere. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster or simply zoster. It may not be a life-threatening condition but can turn out quite painful.Shingles CausesShingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus may remain inactive for…

Why Adults Should Be Concerned About Chickenpox

Why Adults Should Be Concerned About Chickenpox

Perhaps due to their concern for their children’s health, adults neglect to take necessary preventive measures to avoid getting sick. But the thing is, a lot of diseases manifest more severely in adults than in children. Take chickenpox for instance. Adults come down with the disease often have more persistent and annoying symptoms than children do. And even though chickenpox complications are rare, they have a higher incidence rate in adults. Some of these complications include pneumonia (one i…

One Virus Particle Enough to Cause Infection

One Virus Particle Enough to Cause Infection

A study has shown that an exposure to even a single virus particle would be enough to theoretically cause an infection or disease. There was no previous proof to support this until the researchers from Wageningen University and Simon Fraser University in Canada conducted an experimental study with insect larvae. The team of researchers conducted the study by trying to expose two marked variants of a certain virus to a population of hosts, which were caterpillars. A virus population is generally …

Understanding Hepatitis B

Understanding Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that causes the inflammation of the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus or HBV. It can be a serious condition in some people that may lead to liver failure, cirrhosis or liver cancer. Causes of hepatitis BHepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus, also known as HBV. They can either be an acute or chronic infection. An acute hepatitis B infection lasts less than six months with the body’s immune system able to clear the virus out. Chronic hepatitis B…

World's Most Mysterious Diseases

World's Most Mysterious Diseases

The world’s most mysterious diseases may not be as uncommon as you think. In fact, there are some common diseases today that still puzzle a lot of medical experts, adding to the mystery of such conditions. Here are some of them. AIDSAcquired immune deficiency syndrome is a relatively common disease affecting a growing number of humans year after year. It is actually a set of symptoms and infections resulting from a damaged immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. What mak…

Understanding Pertussis

Understanding Pertussis

There are between 30 to 50 million cases of pertussis or whooping cough worldwide, causing around 300,000 deaths every year. This makes the disease as one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths in the world. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were almost 26,000 cases of pertussis reported in the country in 2004. 90% of all pertussis cases occur in the underdeveloped and developing world. DefinitionPertussis is an acute and highly contagi…