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10 zoonotic diseases (meaning they travel from animal to human)

We often spend a lot of time with animals, whether it’s hanging out with pets at home or crossing paths with wildlife in the great outdoors. Sharing space and time with creatures can also mean sharing diseases with them. Scientists…

Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a ‘Viewpoint’ article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Susan E. Pacheco, MD, an expert at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Were snakes the source of China’s coronavirus outbreak?

A report suggests that snakes – the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra – might have been the original source of the coronavirus that’s triggered an outbreak of deadly infectious respiratory illnesses in China this year.

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Treasurer and attorney general back Global Warming Solutions Act – vtdigger.org

Attorney General TJ Donovan, center, shares a laugh before Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State address at the Statehouse on Jan. 9. Treasurer Beth Pearce, right, speaks with another attendee. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Vermont’s attorney general and state…

Doggy blood donors save lives

Dog blood banks are much like people blood banks. Donors are screened, the blood is typed, and sometimes there’s a shortage. The U.S. typically faces dog blood shortage several times a year, says veterinarian Jean Dodds, who runs the Hemopet…

​Why Carolina bays are an enduring mystery

Carolina bays are best described as temporary, isolated freshwater wetlands. This is Banks Lake in Lakeland, Georgia. (Photo: Robert C. Clark) Earth still holds secrets. Among those secrets, what formed the Carolina bays, Earth’s most mysterious landform? People drive by…

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Marburg virus found in Sierra Leone bats

Scientists have detected Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Eleven Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. The presence of Marburg virus, a close relative to Ebola virus that also causes hemorrhagic disease in people, was detected in advance of any reported cases of human illness in Sierra Leone.

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Why eating yogurt may help lessen the risk of breast cancer

One of the causes of breast cancer may be inflammation triggered by harmful bacteria suggest researchers. Scientists advise consuming natural yogurt, which contains beneficial bacteria which dampens inflammation and which is similar to the bacteria found in breastfeeding mothers. Their suggestion is that this bacteria is protective because breast feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer. The consumption of yogurt is also associated with a reduction in the risk of breast cancer.

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Novel Coronavirus that recently emerged in China

The new cluster of viral pneumonia cases originating in Wuhan, China, marks the third time in 20 years that a member of the large family of coronaviruses (CoVs) has jumped from animals to humans and sparked an outbreak.

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A Zika vaccine could save suffering and costs

A new study found that routinely giving the Zika vaccine to women of childbearing age could save money if the risk of Zika is around that of other mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.