Diseases Archive

Why Vaccinate?

We live in a world fraught with dangers, but widespread death due to infectious diseases should not be one of them. These days we tend to worry about newly emerging infectious diseases like Ebola or …
Klebsiella pneumoniae

The Evolution of the Superbugs

In August 2016, a woman in her late 20s arrived in a hospital in Reno, Nevada, carrying a particularly deadly strain of the bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae. The woman, who recently had traveled to India, and …

Infographic: Diabetes

What is the difference between Type I and Type II diabetes? Our Infographic explores the causes, consequences, and treatments for a disease that affects over 8.5% of the world’s population. Additional Resources: Diabetes.org Diabetes explained …

Cancer, Elephants and P53

What is p53? Also known as a tumor protein or a cellular tumor antigen, p53 (also sometimes called TP53) is a gene that codes for proteins which in essence keep cancerous tumors from forming. Along with another cancer-suppressing …

Infographic: P53- Guardian of the Genome

What is the link between genes and cancer? In this infographic, we explore how malfunctions in a regulatory gene, called p53, can increase susceptibility to some forms of cancer.   Additional Resources: Scitable- P53 Genes …

Connecting Zika and Birth Defects

Over the years public health officials have had to deal with numerous emerging diseases; SARS, Lyme Disease, Ebola and most recently, Zika virus. While some of these diseases have been around for years, sometimes they …

Infographic: What is H. pylori?

You have probably heard about the connection between the bacteria Helicobacter pylori and stomach ulcers. But how does this bacteria survive in the hostile environment of the stomach? This infographic provides a quick overview of …

Influenza Resources

We have prepared some facts, graphics and a few links to some useful videos on influenza for upcoming flu season. What is Influenza? Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection …

The Human Microbiota and Obesity

As technology advances our ability to examine the populations of microbes, or microbiota, living on or in our bodies, interesting trends  are emerging from the data. With American obesity rates rising to over 34%, scientists …

New Thinking About Herd Immunity

An outbreak of measles at Disney this year caused a media event that had many discussing the effectiveness of vaccines and vaccine policy in the US. Throughout history infectious diseases have ravaged human populations. With …

Infographic : What is MERS?

In the wake of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the recent epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (or MERS) in South Korea has focused attention once gain on viruses that have the ability to …

Epidemic, Outbreak or Pandemic?

What exactly is the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic, and what does is mean when scientists say that there is an outbreak of a disease? Unfortunately, these terms are often misused in the …