With depleting global anti-venom stocks, snakebites pose a crisis for many poor countries. In Nigeria, for example, rainy season floods stirred venomous carpet vipers to bite farmers too poor to buy protective boots. Hundreds of Nigerians die from snakebite each year. And…

Despite a massive campaign that reduced the number of human cases of Guinea worm from several million to only 7 this year in 4 countries, eradication isn’t a slam dunk. The worm has found a new way to hide and thrive: in dogs. More than 600 hundred canines in Chad have the…

TEDx rolled out a new series of curated playlists about global issues, called TEDxSpotlights, this week. Launched in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the first TEDxSpotlight tackles pandemics (check out the playlist here) and features TEDx Talks…

Good old-fashioned snail control proved more effective at curbing schistosomiasis than drug treatments, according to Stanford-led research in Senegal. Programs that reduced the intermediary snail host, alone or along with drugs, reduced the proportion of the population…

At 65 million years old, the leishmania parasite has had plenty of time to perfect spreading leishmaniasis to humans via sand fly bites, says Matthew Rogers a London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researcher who’s working to better understand the parasite/sand…

What’s behind the apparent reductions in success against the diseases of aging in wealthy countries? Better diagnosis and treatment can’t explain it all. While diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke still kill millions, the data show they are happening later and…

South Sudan’s mystery hemorrhagic disease that has killed at least 10 people continues to puzzle researchers. Some of the 33 blood samples that were shipped to WHO labs Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa have turned up positive for diseases like onyong-nyong, chikungunya,…

Previous exposure to the dengue virus may enhance the potency of a Zika infection, possibly explaining the severity of the current outbreak, a new study shows. Gavin Screaton, senior author of the early-stage laboratory research—published in Nature Immunology—and Dean of…

A lack of support among community elders can kill the most well-intentioned disease control programs, and memories and perceptions of past programs matter, according to a new PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases study. To understand whether negative or traumatic memories of…

A small survey reveals that local residents worry about the prospect of using genetically modified mosquitoes to help curb the insect population in the Florida Keys. 58% of respondents said they either 'oppose' or 'strongly oppose' the use of genetically modified…