Only 10% of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis cases are genetically inherited, but 2 Appalachian families carrying a rare ALS-causing genetic mutation offer researchers the opportunity to investigate why some family members get the disease and some do not.
Neglected tropical diseases like waterborne Bilharzia, or Schistosomiasis, prey on Nigeria’s poor, rural communities—but the country’s ability to fight disease should not be underestimated, writes Mark Doyle.
Climate change’s definitive effects on infection rates of parasitic worms in humans are still hypothetical. What’s clear: There will be effects with potential to both help and hinder current control measures of infections in Africa and Asia. For example, temperatures and…
Without Oriol Mitjà, the bid to eradicate yaws likely would have faded. Nonfatal, but disfiguring, yaws often starts with a single ulcer that can spread to more lesions, and infect joints and bones. Targeted for eradication some 60 years ago, problems with the treatment—…
What is the global burden of tuberculosis? It depends who’s counting.
Up to 1.2 million snakebite envenomings and 140,000 deaths occur each year, but data is remarkably scarce on the location of the most vulnerable populations and what venomous snakes live where.
A coalition of public health groups has set a deadline of 2030 to do away with dog-mediated rabies, which accounts for 99% of cases of the dreaded disease. While rabies is preventable, it is endemic in over 150 countries and kills 59,000 people each year.
Disease data reporting has come a long way since 16th century London’s weekly Bills of Mortality. Now we have the WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, providing a common vocabulary to record and report causes of disease and…
The World Health Assembly passed a resolution on snakebites last night, The Week reported, which advocates hope will improve research and access to antivenoms by the poor areas affected most deeply.
Mycetoma patients—who suffer masses under the skin caused by an array of fungi and bacteria—often lack access to efficient care; but researchers exploring the disease in Sudan have found potential in community-based treatment.