Deadly meningitis outbreak is being caused by a fungus in steroid shots

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed tonight that a terrifying meningitis outbreak that has claimed 20 lives was caused by steroid shots for back pain. The shots, manufactured by NECC, were tainted with a form of fungus that attacks the nervous system. Because many of these shots were… »10/19/12 12:32am10/19/12 12:32am

This graph of whooping cough cases in Washington State should scare the crap out of you

The United States is in the middle of its worst whooping cough (aka pertussis) outbreak in over half a century, but few states have been hit as hard as Washington. This graph, released just a few days ago by the CDC, compares the state's pertussis cases in 2012 against those documented in 2011 — and the difference is… »7/25/12 1:20pm7/25/12 1:20pm

The places where an epidemic is most likely to start spreading in the United States

When humans travel, diseases travel with them. Events like the 2003 SARS outbreak and 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic have revealed the role that air travel plays in the spread of illness on a global scale. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a computer simulation that suggests which U.S. airports are most likely to… »7/24/12 11:00am7/24/12 11:00am

The virus progenitor of HIV may be millions of years old, which could be a problem

Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, the non-lethal ape predecessor to HIV, might just be much older than current estimates, which peg it at only a few hundred years old. Research published in this week's Science shows the virus is at least 32,000 years old, and may even have been around for a million years. By analyzing… »9/16/10 6:00pm9/16/10 6:00pm

Flesh-Eating, Sexually-Transmitted Bacteria Hit San Francisco and Boston

Your next kiss could turn into an infection that eats your lips off. San Francisco and Boston are reporting outbreaks of drug-resistant staph bacteria that cannot be stopped with any antibiotics currently being used to fight them. When the bacteria come into contact with your skin, they can burrow into tiny cuts and… »1/15/08 6:04pm1/15/08 6:04pm