Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

That’s a problem, because research shows tick species are expanding into new areas and carrying greater amounts of pathogens as they move.

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

“They are one of a handful of small mammals that are quintessential generalists,” says Bryan McLean, a professor at the University of North Carolina Greensborough who has studied deer mice for years.Climate may also be changing how deer mice breed and litter size.

How Hyenas Sanitize The City

How Hyenas Sanitize The City

“People use town during the day but at night, hyenas come from natural areas around town into the city to feed on carcass waste left out by people,” Sonawane says.

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

An experimental vaccine that could protect millions of people living in the American Southwest from valley fever —an infection caused by a soil-dwelling fungus that is difficult to treat and can cause disability and death—has passed its first test of efficacy and is moving toward federal approval, possibly within two years.

New England’s Moose Are Losing the Fight Against Winter Ticks

New England’s Moose Are Losing the Fight Against Winter Ticks

On average, from 2017 to 2019, only 66 percent of moose calves survived their first 60 days.Not only do moose lack a grooming instinct, but they also offer a thick, eight-inch coat, keeping ticks “nice and warm,” Blouin says.

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

After bushwhacking to reach the site, Peterson was dismayed by what she saw: two trees, seemingly in the throes of a disease called sudden oak death.

Valley Fever Is Spreading Through a Hotter, Drier Western US

Valley Fever Is Spreading Through a Hotter, Drier Western US

By the time his primary care doctor discovered a 6-centimeter mass in his lung, Jesse was starting to think that whatever disease he had might actually end up killing him.Jesse got lucky that day.

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

Soon after the White House announced a sweeping new array of Covid-19 policies last week, vaccine mandates chief among them, some states began speaking out in opposition to the national directives.

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

The question comes in many variations—what next week will be like, or the next school year , or the next winter —and has so for as long as the virus has been with us.So has vaccination, including the extent to which vaccinated people spread the virus , and how well immunity holds up over time.

I’m Vaccinated. When Is It Safe to Take My Mask Off?

I’m Vaccinated. When Is It Safe to Take My Mask Off?

“It is a little bit confusing that the public is told at one point that the vaccine is effective enough that they can pretty much ditch their mask anywhere, and now, this is clearly a different recommendation because of the very high transmissibility of the Delta variant,” Dan Diekema, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, says.

New Vaccine Decisions, an Influx of Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

New Vaccine Decisions, an Influx of Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

More institutions and companies are now mandating vaccinations , particularly since the FDA granted Pfizer and BioNTech’s shot full approval.Pfizer and BioNTech have struck a new deal with Eurofarma, a Brazilian pharmaceutical company, to make doses of their Covid-19 vaccine in and for Latin America.

Eastern Hemlocks Face Extinction. A Tiny Fly Could Save Them

Eastern Hemlocks Face Extinction. A Tiny Fly Could Save Them

But climate change is assisting the woolly adelgid in its quest for total domination of the Northeast’s hemlocks, by helping it spread north into colder climes.

A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

In late March, with Timothy in a deepening depression, his parents and uncle made a plan: They would rent a car with no back doors, sedate him with Benadryl, and drive him overnight to the child psychiatric unit at UCLA.

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Salmonella is a fatal bacterial infection for birds and it’s hitting siskins hard because they congregate around feeders, but the outbreak isn’t species-specific.Other states are seeing an uptick this spring as the bacteria continues to spread, which is why more state agencies are asking people to remove their bird feeders.

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

When the University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed the data on traumatic brain injuries, they found that people who sustained one head injury were 25 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who did not.

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

But within a few months, as the coronavirus spread rapidly through the world’s human population, it leapt from people back into an animal species: minks, being raised in confinement on fur farms.

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

This was the time of year they’d ordinarily start looking at their numbers for influenza, the seasonal flu—to see how bad the outbreak would be, and to assess how well that year’s vaccine dealt with the protean respiratory virus.

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

Earlier this week, news leaked that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were going to release long-awaited guidelines for how vaccinated people might behave safely in the interregnum before the New Normal when all of the everybody are vaccinated—call where we live now the New Weirdness, maybe?The basics: An aunt and uncle want to visit, and they’ve been vaccinated.

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

Other versions of white nationalism function like parasitic infections (e.g., the disease caused by tapeworms), spreading less quickly, but involve machinery more intimately linked with human biology.This is an important connection, because one might erroneously analogize white nationalism to cancers caused by somatic mutations.

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

“They get all the same illnesses as adults, just at a lower rate,” says Lindsay Thompson, a pediatrician and the vice chair for health outcomes and translational research at the University of Florida, who last month wrote a perspective in JAMA Pediatrics summarizing the lessons of the last year.

Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020

Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020

The Armistice that stopped what should have been the War to End All Wars had been signed before the sun came up, cementing an agreement that the guns on both sides would fall quiet in six hours: with symbolic richness, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

It was a singular medical triumph, from the first known case of a novel, fatal infectious disease to vaccines against it in just about a year.It’s a classic challenge—a fight between the public health of a society and the medical choices of, well, you.

2020 Was a Breakout Year for Crispr

2020 Was a Breakout Year for Crispr

But while thousands of life scientists pivoted to trying to understand how the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the human body, and others transformed their labs into pop-up testing facilities, the field of Crispr gene editing nevertheless persisted.

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

This is America’s free market health care system at work: If you can pay more or have the right connections, you get what you need; if you don’t, you suffer.In a free market pandemic, labs, hospitals, and patients are actually competitors.

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Researchers at Oxford also told reporters Monday that testing showed the vaccinated group in the UK had fewer asymptomatic infections, which means they'd be less likely to unwittingly spread the disease themselves.

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

If the new therapies are meant for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease, then the ability of patients to get their Covid test results quickly will determine whether and when they get access.

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons.I May Destroy You will likely live on as the best thing to hit TV in all of 2020, and I don’t require any more of it.

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

The weird thing was that people were showing up in Covid-19 wards, after having tested positive for the virus, with lots of sugar in their blood.Rubin and his colleagues were seeing blended features of both types showing up spontaneously in people who’d recently been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Dr. Colleen Handel, Research Wildlife Biologist and founder of the Landbird Ecology Program at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center, was the first to discover and connect prior curiosity and observations to these emerging deformities.