New diagnostic tools have been developed using the CRISPR gene editing tool. A bunch of researchers were able to come up with new CRISPR variants that can diagnose certain diseases, detect viruses, and even record a cell’s exposure to chemicals.
Public Health February 16, 2018
Millions of mosquitoes were released in South Miami's Brewers Park. The mosquitoes, however, are special, as they are bred in a laboratory to carry the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria, which will help control the insect's population.
Public Health February 9, 2018
Scientists are just starting to find out the heartbreaking effects of the Zika virus on babies that were born infected with it. The babies, followed in a study by the CDC, are facing significant developmental difficulties.
Public Health December 15, 2017
Up to 20 million mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria will be released in California to fight zika, dengue and chikungunya. Does this technique pose safety risk to humans and other species?
Public Health July 17, 2017
Verily's technologically advanced Debug Project is already underway in Fresno County. How will releasing 20 million bacteria-infected male mosquitoes help reduce the population of disease-carrying mosquitoes?
Public Health July 15, 2017
Public health officials in Long Beach, California have detected disease-carrying mosquitoes in the area for the first time. Residents and visitors have been advised to take all necessary precautions to prevent getting bitten by these insects.
Public Health June 20, 2017
Researchers find motor delays among Chinese infants who were prenatally exposed to the basic insecticide chemicals used to control the spread of Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes.
Public Health June 10, 2017
Did the government deliberately hide the first few confirmed cases of Zika virus in India? Today, national guidelines are spread to prevent a Zika outbreak in the country already hit by other mosquito-borne illnesses.
Public Health May 30, 2017
WHO confirmed reports of three separate cases of Zika virus disease in Gujarat State in India. Several agencies are currently working to prevent an outbreak of the disease.
Public Health May 28, 2017
Zika is no longer a global health emergency but can it be turned into a remedy? Researchers from the UK plan to test the possibility of using Zika virus to treat glioblastoma.
Feature | Health May 20, 2017
Brazil has lifted its public health emergency over the mosquito-borne illness Zika virus. This occurs 18 months after its worst outbreak, which causes severe birth defects like microcephaly in newborns.
Public Health May 12, 2017
As warm weather makes its way to the United States, the threat of Zika virus is revived anew, and states are gearing up for battle. Various states, for instance, are now acting against the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
Public Health May 2, 2017
Thousands of experimental male mosquitoes were released in Florida Keys as an attempt to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, the disease responsible for serious birth defects. Should the trial be successful, it could be implemented nationwide.
Public Health April 21, 2017
Apart from Zika’s main carrier, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus is the second mosquito species that could potentially transmit the disease. Although this species is not yet a confirmed Zika mosquito vector, Ae. albopictus has been found to carry Zika virus RNA.
Public Health April 17, 2017
A CDC study has found that one in every 10 pregnant women infected by Zika virus gives birth to babies with birth defects. Researchers have recommended CT scans for babies infected with Zika to check for underlying abnormalities.
Public Health April 5, 2017
Mosquito control inspectors warn construction sites in Miami-Dade still pose a threat for the transmission of the Zika virus. County officials met on Monday, April 3, to discuss Zika preventive measures that reduce these sites’s role in virus reemergence.
Public Health April 4, 2017
The phase 2 trials of an experimental Zika vaccine have started. The first volunteer received the DNA-based experimental vaccine in Houston, at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Medicine April 1, 2017
Officials of Harris County are considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat Zika virus and other deadly mosquito-borne diseases. The technology may fill in the gaps in existing methods to contain the spread of all mosquito-borne diseases.
Public Health March 21, 2017
The CDC has warned the potential presence of Zika virus in sperm donations in three Florida counties. Donated semen can be stored frozen for certain periods of time and does not necessarily inactivate the Zika virus.
Public Health March 14, 2017
The CDC has found that birth defect risk among moms with Zika virus is now 20 percent higher than before. Researchers determined the prevalence of different birth defects before the 2015 Zika virus epidemic.
Public Health March 3, 2017
The Zika virus has become a major public health concern, especially since studies reveal even more species of mosquitoes than previously thought can transmit the disease. Studies identify 26 additional vector species, seven of which occur in the continental United States.
Public Health March 2, 2017
A Phase 1 clinical trial of an experimental vaccine designed to provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue will involve up to 60 adult participants. How does this AGS-v vaccine work?
Medicine February 22, 2017
Zika leading to microcephaly in babies is one of the reasons the virus is considered a major health threat around the world. Researchers now know how exactly the infection affects fetal brain development.
Public Health February 18, 2017
A public health lab in Washington D.C. has made mistakes while testing for the Zika virus in over 400 people. The CDC has retested all the samples, which confirms two pregnant women were infected.
Public Health February 17, 2017
Based on mRNAs, a new vaccine candidate against Zika has been shown effective against the virus. According to preclinical results, just one dose of the vaccine offers protective benefit.
Public Health February 3, 2017
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates spoke out about the possible threats of bioterrorism and epidemics as a global threat. Gates also called for global unity and investment.
Public Health January 22, 2017
University of Florida researchers discover two new tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes for the first time in their state, warning about the possibility of a new virus and the role of global warming in the arrival of the exotic species.
Public Health January 12, 2017
Zika caused a public health emergency last year. Now, researchers have identified key proteins that may have been responsible for the virus’ severity, taking them a step closer to mitigating threats Zika still has.
Public Health January 4, 2017
2016 has seen some amazing scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. With the year now coming to a close, we take a look at some of the biggest science news stories that caught our readers' imagination.
December 31, 2016
Zika virus was associated with vision and hearing impairment, according to two new studies. Only a small number of patients reported the symptoms, which means further investigations will have to be conducted.
Public Health December 10, 2016
The state of Texas confirms a local case of a woman infected with Zika virus. The statement comes along with a series of instructions from the Texas Department of Health Services.
Public Health November 29, 2016
Researchers have uncovered how a potent antibody is able to neutralize the Zika virus and prevent an infection from taking place. The discovery holds potential as a treatment target in the fight against Zika.
Public Health November 26, 2016
A proposed phone app identifies mosquitoes by the sounds they make while flying. Meanwhile, a new solution from Florida involves releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in order to combat the Zika virus spread.
Public Health November 24, 2016
The WHO reclassified the Zika virus from a global health emergency to an ongoing threat, described as any disease that is easily spreadable and very dangerous and intrusive. Examples of ongoing threats include malaria.
Public Health November 19, 2016
Mosquitoes can infect humans with chikungunya and Zika virus in just one bite. How do you avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes without using insect repellents?
Public Health November 17, 2016
The West Nile Virus infection could be more dangerous than earlier believed, reports a recent study. People who survived the WNV infection initially could die prematurely in succeeding months or years, noted the researchers.
Public Health November 16, 2016
New researches related to the Zika virus suggest that mosquitoes could also be carrying both chikungunya and dengue. The manner Zika would interact with the other two viruses in human patients is still unknown.
Public Health November 15, 2016
Researchers in the United States have identified a human antibody that can potentially protect pregnant women and their fetus from Zika virus infection. Experts hope the antiviral can lead to development of effective treatments.
Medicine November 8, 2016
Doctors in Miami are monitoring the medical status of a pregnant woman who tested positive for Zika virus. Despite the infection being detected during the 16th week of pregnancy, the woman's baby seems to be developing normally.
Public Health October 26, 2016
CDC updated its travel and testing guidance on Oct. 19 to apply recommendations to all of Miami-Dade County. The region is labeled as yellow, not red, which makes it a cautionary region.
Public Health October 21, 2016
In the fight against the dangers of Zika virus, the officials of Miami Beach have decided to attract a bat population into the area. The pilot project aims at reducing the mosquitoes, since air spraying was inefficient.
Public Health October 18, 2016
What could it possibly mean when a bacteria crosses borders and infects a virus that is only found within the arthropod kingdom? A pair of scientists discovered this unusual phenomenon and is continuously studying the results.
Animals October 15, 2016
The Botanical Garden in Miami Beach, Florida was forced to dispose of the bromeliads because the plant's water-trapping leaves make a good breeding habitat for mosquitoe larvae, which is responsible for the rapid spreading of the Zika virus. However, the measure seemed unnecessary to the locals.
Public Health October 4, 2016
Zika virus infection could be acquired by a healthy person from sweat or tears of an infected person. The alarming new report suggests such a possibility if the patient has exponentially high loads of virus in their blood.
Public Health September 30, 2016
The CDC issued on Thursday a travel advisory for pregnant women traveling to 11 Southeast Asian countries amid the risk of Zika virus infection. Officials say that although local residents may be immune, travelers from the United States may not be.
Public Health September 29, 2016