Recent reports that cancer rates in UK women are set to rise six times faster than in men over the next two decades will have alarmed many.
I recently had my annual flu shot. Along with all the others who’ve received it, I’ll be hoping that it does the job of preventing me catching flu this winter – or at least reducing the severity of the disease if I do get it.
The phrase “emerging disease”, to describe an infectious disease that is new to humans or which is suddenly increasing its geographical range or number of cases, dates back to the 1960s. But it was the realisation in the late 1970s and early 1980s that the world was in the throes of previously unrecognised pandemics of genital herpes and AIDS, that really propelled the term into the mainstream.
Iron is known to be toxic to brain cells, and tiny magnetic iron particles (magnetite) are thought to be involved in the development of neurological disorders. Now, for the first time, we have identified the abundant presence of these highly reactive particles in human brains.
A golden era of antibiotics shifted the leading causes of death away from infection to cancer and cardiovascular disease. At the moment, we can still treat most infections as only a few are resistant to what is currently the last line of antibiotics – the colistins. But history shows us this will change and colistin resistance is already growing in China and the United States.
Kissing bugs are one of nature’s little vampires. They feed on human blood at night – and spread a nasty infection when they do so.
A study published in Science in early 2015 reported that most cancers aren’t preventable and are simply a case of 'bad luck'.
It’s that time of the year again. You probably think I mean Christmas, but as a virologist the sight of glitter, fairy lights and moulting pine trees immediately makes me think of the flu season. And if there’s one thing that can ruin your family’s Christmas, it’s the arrival of that particular unwanted guest.
Forget Ridley Scott’s Alien. There’s a new, real-life horror story in space. As one national newspaper headline warned, the International Space Station is ‘filled with germs’.
A study has confirmed what many of us have been saying for years: age is nothing but a number.