How the legacy of the vicious 1918 outbreak led to today's comparatively tame swine flu
Recently implicated in some severe prostate cancer patients, the retrovirus XMRV has now been found in many with chronic fatigue--changing the landscape for diagnosis and possible treatment...
The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath for studies of the protein-manufacturing ribosome, with implications for antibiotic development...
As the H1N1 virus picks up speed this fall, economists have outlined just how much it would cost to close schools--hotbeds of flu contagion
University of Minnesota grad students ask the tough questions as they investigate cases of food poisoning and other food-borne illnesses
Technology exists that destroys disease-causing bacteria in food. We use it more--and in some cases, less--than you might think
Walter Fiers found a protein segment on the influenza virus that could lead to a universal flu vaccine, which would end seasonal shots and provide pandemic protection
What's the matter with only exploiting a portion of our gray matter?
One day a highly contagious and lethal strain of influenza will sweep across all humanity, claiming millions of lives. It may arrive in months or not for years--but the next pandemic is inevitable...
Veterinarian Linda A. Detwiler helps to ensure that a fatal brain disease that can afflict humans doesn't appear in U.S. cattle. It can be a thankless task
Children with diseases of the elderly and studies of genes that extend life spans in animals are opening a window on how we age
Scientific American covers the United Nations summit addressing the global threat of superbugs.
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Scientific American reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on health care workers' inability to deliver the yellow fever vaccine where it is most needed. Go to www.ScientificAmerican.com/oct2016/yellow-fever...
Health workers are not trained to address patients' self-destructive impulses—but they should be
A look at major advancements in cancer treatments throughout the years, from the first radical mastectomy in 1882 to the immune checkpoint inhibitors and DNA-sequencing tests of the 21st century...
How digital drug dealers and virtual users are providing clues to help stop the U.S. opioid epidemic
Viral hepatitis is on the rise. Tackling hepatitis B in Africa is key to fighting back