Florida Keys use nature to turn mosquitoes against each other

The Florida Keys are the setting for an experiment to pit mosquitoes against one another in the hopes that they kill each other and leave us humans with fewer instances of mosquito-borne disease. While the southern United States’ rainy season is approaching and the area is bracing for mosquito-season, and the subsequent increase in cases of […]

Will antimicrobial resistance catapult us back to the pre-penicillin era?

Imagine a world where that strep throat turns into scarlet fever, or a world where you break a tooth, it gets infected, and you die from sepsis (blood poisoning). And there is nothing you can do about it. Antimicrobial resistance is shaping up to be the defining public health and medical issue of the century. You […]

NTDs: Taeniasis and Cysticercosis – you can get epilepsy from contaminated pork

This post is the 16th in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Today’s post is about taeniasis and cysticercosis, two related […]

NTDs: Soil-transmitted helminthiases – almost 1/4 of the world’s population are infected

This post is the 15th in a series highlighting the WHO’s list of 17 Neglected Tropical Diseases (now technically 18 as mycetoma was added to the list at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016). To read the previous posts in this series click here. Soil-transmitted helminth infections, caused by various species of parasitic […]