Is West Nile Virus Getting Bad Again?

Photo: STEKLO (Shutterstock) West Nile virus has been found in a record number of mosquitoes in the New York City area, with at least two cases known to have occurred in humans. If you weren’t around for the last big West Nile panic about 20 years ago, you might be wondering just what this disease … Read more

Thirdhand smoke can cause cancer, too: shocking study

While inhaling secondhand smoke is known to have ill effects, even handling a smoker’s clothes could potentially cause cancer. A new study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discovered the presence of smoke on items and clothes — called thirdhand smoke — can cause cancer due to its contamination from toxins. The research team … Read more

Monkeypox: Why we shouldn’t tiptoe around who is at highest risk

The Biden administration this month declared the outbreak of monkeypox, a virus spreading disproportionately among men who have sex with men and their sexual networks, a public health emergency. Not wanting to reproduce the kind of anti-gay stigma seen during the early AIDS crisis, some argue that articulating which group is at highest risk for … Read more

Nebraska child dies of suspected infection from brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri

Comment on this story How A Nebraska child died this week after a suspected rare infection from a brain-eating amoeba — the first reported death from that specific organism in the state’s history, according to state and local health authorities. The child — who has not been publicly identified, to protect the family’s privacy — … Read more

Brain-eating amoeba suspected in 2nd Midwest death

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A child likely died from a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba after swimming in an eastern Nebraska river, health officials said, making it the second such probable death in the Midwest this summer and raising the question of whether climate change is playing a role. The Douglas County Department … Read more

Almost half of cancer deaths globally are attributable to preventable risk factors, new study suggests

“To our knowledge, this study represents the largest effort to date to determine the global burden of cancer attributable to risk factors, and it contributes to a growing body of evidence aimed at estimating the risk-attributable burden for specific cancers nationally, internationally, and globally,” Dr. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and … Read more

New and Recurrent Cancers After MRNA Vaccines, Studies Suggest Immune Changes

Since receiving Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, Bonnie Eisenberg experienced relapse of her breast cancer 8 years after being in remission. The 73-year-old was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2012. After successful treatment, she had been in remission since 2014. Ever since then, her doctor has measured tumor marker levels in her body to monitor … Read more