- From the website Humanosphere, here are ten global health issues predicted to be prominent in 2015.
- Scientists are finding that the Ebola virus is mutating, and this may be resulting in asymptomatic carriers of the disease that can go on to infect other people.
- A measles outbreak was traced to a fully vaccinated patient for the first time, and an editorial in Forbes asks, “What happens if a child dies because some parents decided not to vaccinate their own kid?”
- “A tumor, as strange as it may sound, is a little society.” Carl Zimmer explains how cancer cells are interacting with each other to help each other grow.
- A new food safety project will sequence the DNA of the microorganisms like bacteria and viruses that get into our food supply, in order to determine which are helpful and which are harmful.
- This week, we have several stories about the research animals that scientists use: Wired has a longform article describing how “rats are guides to emerging questions of evolution and cognition,” while the National Institutes of Health defends controversial studies looking at stress in monkeys.
- Mysterious cases of childhood paralysis have been occurring in the U.S. Researchers think it may be caused by a virus, but have yet to find a definitive link.
- While flu season may be mostly over, Chicagoans have another virus to worry about: measles. A case of measles has been confirmed in a person living in the Chicago suburbs.
- The Tribune explains how heat lamps on train platforms make you feel warmer.
- NU researchers have discovered one of the ways in which neurons are degraded in patients with ALS.
- People trying to lose weight with online programs have more success when they log in regularly and interact with other members, according to new research.
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