Immune system Archive

What Makes the Flu So Bad this Year?

There has been much in the news lately about the severity of the flu this winter. Some have said it’s the worst flu since the swine flu pandemic of 2009¬†. At the start of 2018, …

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 …

Can You Catch a Cold From Being Cold?

It may seem like superstition, but when your mother told you to bundle up and stay warm to keep from catching a cold, she – ¬†knowingly or not- actually had a scientific basis for her …