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

A Cancer-Fighting Version of Herpes Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

An illustration of a herpes simplex virus. Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists may be able to turn a long-time germ foe into a cancer-fighting ally, new research this week suggests. In preliminary data from a Phase I trial, a genetically modified version of the herpes virus has shown promise in treating difficult-to-eradicate tumors, with one patient … 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

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