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Epidemics

Tuberculosis forgotten in fight against HIV

Tuberculosis seems to have fallen between the cracks in poverty-stricken Malawi’s sponsor-dependent health sector. The dominating focus on HIV may have left parts of Africa with a skewed health service, say researchers.

Ants care for their sick to avoid epidemics

Even though ants live and work close together in colonies, their nests are rarely hit by epidemics.

Bacterial DNA from the Black Death found in teeth

Remnants of the genetic makeup of plague bacteria have been found in thousands of victims of the Black Death and the major plague epidemics at the end of the Iron Age. The DNA analyses may predict the next plague outbreak.

Research to prevent future pandemics

What is the connection between parasitic infections and allergies?

Too many taking flu vaccine?

Health personnel and other hardy souls risk lower resistance to future pandemics if they vaccinate themselves for seasonal influenza year after year.

Surviving pandemics with tobacco plants

So far, the tobacco plant has done more harm than good. But in the future, the plant may be used as part of a life-saving vaccine.

HIV-specialists in high demand in Zambia

In a country struggling with an extreme HIV epidemic, the University of Zambia is educating neuropsychologists to deal with the huge demand for professionals.