With over 229 cases since its first inception in the early 90’s, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, know publically as mad cow disease, has created mayhem in the global economic market accounting for a $4.7 billion dollar loss in the US beef industry in 2004 as well as resulting in tragic worldwide health implications. BSE is a … More How Now, Mad Cow?
In the 1950s and 60s, strange things were happening among the Fore people in Papua New Guinea. Suddenly women and children were beginning to tremor, shake, slur their speech, and walk in an unsteady manner. It would seem the Fore people were witnessing the first signs of the zombie apocalypse; or were they? In order … More Hold the Brains, Please!
To most Americans, the history of the guinea worm reads something like a horror story: a three foot long worm takes up residence in your leg, and must be kept alive and slowly removed over the course of weeks. Yet until very recently, the guinea worm, named after its association to west Africa, was a real and debilitating problem. … More The Rise and Fall of the Guinea Worm
Today, society puts great emphasis on anything organic, natural, or non-modified. “Experts” claim the health benefits from such products are exponential, but is this really the case? One hot food topic up for debate is milk. While no one denounces the nutritional value of milk itself, the … More Got Milk? Only if it’s pasteurized
Sylvatic plague is an infectious disease that is caused by Yersinia pestis. It primarily infects rodents, but is also the same bacterium that causes bubonic and pneumonic plague in humans. The bacteria is transmitted via flea bites and contact with infected tissue or fluids. The plague has been pushing the population of the black-footed ferret … More Endangered black-footed ferrets may be saved by drones
Many of us are aware of the current epidemic of the Zika virus, but another mosquito-borne virus is also making headlines this year: yellow fever. Yellow fever is a zoonotic disease that originates from Africa that can be transmitted between primates and humans. Symptoms can vary from no illness, mild flu-like, and according to the … More Yellow Fever: Fighting the Outbreak in Angola
A huge issue that scientists face when dealing with endangered animals is testing whether a disease is present in the population, without actually disturbing the animals. In the case of mountain gorillas, this is a huge concern since there are roughly 880 left, with approximately 60% of these gorillas being accustomed to humans. In the … More Humans pose as a threat to endangered gorillas