Large Study Finds Link Between Viral Infections and Future Brain Illness

An illustration of varicella zoster virus, the cause of chickenpox and shingles.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Common viral infections may be having far-reaching effects on our brain health, new research suggests. The study found a link between dozens of different viral exposures and a later increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. More research will … Read more

Super Gonorrhea Has Reached the U.S.

An illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Super gonorrhea has infected people-in the United States for the first known time. This week, Massachusetts public health officials announced the discovery of two gonorrhea cases appearing to display increased resistance to all known antibiotic classes that can be used against it. These cases were thankfully still … Read more

America’s STD Problem Is ‘Out of Control,’ Say Experts

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Sexually transmitted diseases in the US are at a crisis point. On Monday, prominent public health experts and government officials raised an alarm about the ongoing annual rise in STDs. Preliminary data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia all went … Read more

New Strain of Extensively Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Appears in Austria

An illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae†Illustration† Shutterstock †Shutterstock† the rise of super gonorrhea continues unabated. Scientists in Europe say they’ve recently discovered a new strain of extensively drug-resistant gonorrhea—the second such strain to be found worldwide in recent years. The bacteria was detected in April in a man from Austria, who likely caught it while traveling … Read more

Remarkable Drug Trial Ends With All 18 Patients Cancer-Free

Image† Dan Kitwood/Getty Images/Cancer Research UK) †Getty Images† A cancer treatment has shown astounding results in a small clinical trial. All of the treated patients, who had a specific form of mid-stage rectal cancer, have since experienced complete remission. Though the findings are based on a sample size of just 18 people, they could hold … Read more

Number of Potential Mystery Hepatitis Cases in U.S. Jumps to 180

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it is now looking into 180 reports of children with severe and sudden unexplained liver inflammation, known as acute hepatitis. the first reports of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children popped up in October and November 2021, with five cases in Alabama. The state’s … Read more

CDC Warns Doctors to Look Out for Mystery Liver Illness in Children

photo† Getty †Getty Images† The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors to keep an eye out for mysterious cases of hepatitis that are affecting young kids in the US and elsewhere. Two children in the US have become so sick that they’ve required a liver transplant. Officials in Europe and Israel have … Read more

Kids in the U.S. and Europe Are Coming Down With Mysterious Liver Damage

Photo† Getty †Getty Images† A string of severe hepatitis cases in children has doctors across both sides of the pond spooked. Dozens of children in the UK and Europe, as well as some in the US, have come down with symptoms of hepatitis not currently explained by known causes. Theories for the outbreak include the … Read more

Promising Data Suggests New Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Could Halt or Reverse Symptoms

A MRI image of the brain showing multiple sclerosis plaquesImage† Getty †Getty Images† Early clinical data is showing promise for an experimental treatment tackling multiple sclerosis. The treatment, which targets a virus closely linked to MS called Epstein-Barr virus, was found to be safe and possibly effective at halting the progression of symptoms in some … Read more

Gonorrhea and Syphilis Rates Rose During Covid-19 Pandemic

photo† Artur Widak/NurPhoto †Getty Images† Despite widespread lockdowns and quarantine orders, the first year of the covid-19 pandemic did not stop Americans from spreading sexually transmitted diseases. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their latest STD figures, showing that 2.4 million cases of the most concerning STDs were reported in 2020. … Read more