Category: Health

Bioinformatics Tackles the Flu

3D visualization of flu particles helps a vaccine manufacturer predict how to protect against the virus

Influenza in the tropics shows variable seasonality

An electron microscope image of Vibrio cholera that has been negatively stained. Vibrio cholera is the bacteria responsible for the gastrointestinal disease cholera.

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily Whilst countries in the tropics and subtropics exhibit diverse patterns of seasonal flu activity, they can be grouped into eight geographical zones to optimise vaccine formulation and delivery timing, according to a new study. Topic: Health

Sea traffic pollutes our lungs more than previously thought

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyNew data show that the air along the coasts is full of hazardous nanoparticles from sea traffic. Almost half of the measured particles stem from sea traffic emissions, while the rest is deemed to be mainly from cars but also industries and natural particles from the sea. […]

Snakebite treatment ‘will run out next year’

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian Medical charity says stockpiles of anti-venom Fav-Afrique will expire in June with no alternative likely for at least two years Topic: Health, Technology

Why food labels are wrong about calories

Originally Published by EarthSkyOK you can trust this food label. But calories? Forget it. Photo credit: Bryan Kennedy By Richard Wrangham, Harvard University and Rachel Carmody, Harvard University Food labels seem to provide all the information a thoughtful consumer needs, so counting calories should be simple. But things get tricky because food labels tell only […]

Fracking may affect air quality, human health

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyPeople living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure. Air pollution from fracking operations may pose an under-recognized health hazard to people living near them, the researchers concluded. […]

Sanitation and Social Justice: Developing Simple Technology for a Cause

A basic technology, the portable toilet, has the potential to make a significant difference in the developing world. Earthzine explores how in an interview with Jasmine Burton on a first-place student essay from the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC).

‘Nature’ Infographic Tracks the Spread of Ebola

An infographic in the journal Nature tracks Ebola through time and space.

US Has Test That Can Detect Ebola Virus In Seconds (But It’s Stuck In A Lab)

Researchers at a government lab have developed a minimally invasive test for Ebola that could cut the time it takes to diagnose cases of the lethal virus from days and hours to minutes or even seconds, International Business Times has learned.

Can We Get Ahead of Ebola?

In the fight against the current deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus, researchers are using an easily

overlooked tool: the mobile phone.