Brain-eating amoebas are not what they sound like, despite their ominous name. Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic organism that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) if it infects your brain through your nose or ears. The… Read More »Brain-eating amoebas: Everything you need to know!
Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is an acute viral disease caused by any one of four related dengue viruses transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. It was first isolated in Africa in the early 1900s and later spread to… Read More »Dengue fever: More than just a mosquito bite!
Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), is a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus, which has been identified in parts of West Africa. This disease was first reported in the city of Lassa, located in… Read More »Lassa fever: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatments
Valley fever is a bacterial disease caused by the fungus Coccidioides. It’s also known as coccidioidomycosis, valley fever, San Joaquin Valley Fever, or San Joaquin Valley asthma. The most common symptom of valley fever is a dry cough and itchy… Read More »Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis): Causes, symptoms, transmission, prevention and treatments
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the spine and sacroiliac joints. This inflammatory condition can also affect other areas of the body, including the eyes, lungs, heart, kidneys and intestines. Symptoms are often mild in… Read More »What is ankylosing spondylitis? Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment!
White rice might be the world’s most popular food, but that doesn’t mean it’s a healthy one. Depending on the way you cook it, white rice can have many surprising side effects, including weight gain and malnutrition. Learn more about… Read More »What are the surprising side-effects of eating white rice?
Forever Chemicals are ubiquitous in today’s environment, appearing in everything from food we eat to the drinking water we drink to the items in our household cleaners. A new study has shown that these ubiquitous chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl… Read More »Synthetic “forever chemical” widely found in the environment linked to liver cancer
Tuberculosis (TB) disease (also known as phthisis, or white plague) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria that mainly affects the lungs and respiratory system, but can also affect other parts of the body such as… Read More »Tuberculosis: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, BCG vaccine and treatment
Norovirus, also known as Norwalk virus or the winter vomiting bug, is an extremely contagious virus that causes an acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea) that can last from one to three days. Although norovirus can cause serious illness in people… Read More »Norovirus: Symptoms, causes, transmission, prevention and treatments
Henipavirus is one of the most lethal viruses in the world, killing up to 100% of the people who become infected with it. Henipavirus can be transmitted through either human-to-human contact or via an animal vector, but it is most… Read More »Henipavirus: Symptoms, causes, transmission, outbreak, and treatment