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Zuckerberg, Chan Pledge $3B to End Disease

And they're 'optimistic' they can do it

(Newser) - Let it never be said that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan don't dream big. On Wednesday, the Facebook founder and his wife announced a $3 billion plan to wipe out disease by the end of the century, Variety reports. "This is about the future we want for our... More »

New Ebola-Like Disease Is Emerging

WHO tracks mysterious South Sudan fever

(Newser) - South Sudan, the world's newest country and one of its most troubled, may be home to the world's newest disease. The World Health Organization says it is closely tracking an outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever that has killed at least 10 people in the country this year... More »

Humans' Nasty Gift to Neanderthals: Herpes?

Diseases out of Africa may have helped lead to their demise

(Newser) - Scientists claim Neanderthals were doomed by everything from climate change to their big eyes . A new study offers a different theory: humans were at least partly responsible. UK researchers say humans who migrated out of Africa were "reservoirs of tropical disease" and may have infected Neanderthals across Europe with... More »

Our Blood Can Change From One Drop to the Next

Scientists warn caution when making conclusions based on a single drop of blood

(Newser) - As doctors shift away from drawing vials of blood from patients and rely on lab-on-a-chip diagnostics that identify a myriad of conditions using a single drop of blood, there's now concern that not all of your blood is equal. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology... More »

Feeling Kind of Blue? Blame the Neanderthal In You

Neanderthal genetic variants are strongly linked to a dozen traits

(Newser) - It's long been known that the predecessors of modern humans and Neanderthals lived side by side, but it wasn't until 2010 that it was discovered the two species interbred . In fact, as much as 4% of the DNA of modern humans with European or Asian ancestry comes from... More »

1st-Ever Endemic Malaria Found in US Mammals

Scientists stumble on find at the National Zoo

(Newser) - Talk about a surprise: Two years ago, scientists researching avian malaria happened to learn that two strains of the parasite are infecting white-tailed deer—possibly 25% of those living on the East Coast, Smithsonian reports. Until then, no endemic malaria had been seen in North or South American mammals. "... More »

Family Sues After Boy Is Expelled Over His DNA

A trial could help establish exactly who can access one's genetic information

(Newser) - When Colman Chadam was born in 2000, he underwent extra medical tests after a congenital heart issue was discovered. Doctors learned that the infant carried genetic markers associated with cystic fibrosis, but he never went on to develop the disease. In fact, that test was the boy's only interaction... More »

US Cases of Dangerous 'Rabbit Fever' Are Spiking

It's spread to people through contact with infected animals, ticks

(Newser) - A disease thought to have the potential for use in biological warfare is on the rise in the US. The CDC warns that the rare bacterial disease "rabbit fever," or tularemia—spread by ticks and rabbits—has turned up in 100 people across four states as of Sept.... More »

Daughter Weds in Hospital So Dad Can Give Her Away

It was the family's 2nd hospital wedding in a week

(Newser) - Jubal Early Kirby, 49, is terminally ill with a lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis and has spent three weeks in a hospital in Charlotte, NC. So Kaila Kirby, the younger of his two daughters, decided to move her July 2016 wedding up a bit—to Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving,... More »

MIT Scientists Figure Out What Happens When We Sneeze

They map out how mucus and saliva break into droplets

(Newser) - A sneeze is not just a sneeze. It is a "high-propulsion" cloud of mucus and saliva that spreads across entire rooms, even reaching ceilings and the ventilation ducts found there, in a matter of minutes. MIT researchers first gained attention last year with these findings, reports CBS Boston , and... More »

Scientist Tackles 'Last Major Disease We Don't Know Anything About'

Whitney Dafoe no longer walks, talks, or eats, and is fed intravenously

(Newser) - Whitney Dafoe packed a lot in his first quarter-century of life. The son of renowned scientist Ronald Davis, the head of the Genome Technology Center at Stanford University, was an award-winning photographer who traveled the world and worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign. Now 31 and diagnosed with systemic exertion... More »

First Head Transplant Has a Patient and a Date

A 30-year-old Russian computer scientist has volunteered to be the first in 2017

(Newser) - Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero made headlines in 2013 when he said the first human head transplant is just years away, and again earlier this year when he said the surgery could happen as soon as 2017 . Now he is announcing that, if everything goes "smoothly," he will be... More »

20% of US Cancer Cases Are '2nd' Cancers

And not a recurrence or spread of an original tumor—a brand-new form of cancer

(Newser) - Second cancers are on the rise, with nearly one in five new cancer cases in the US now involving someone who's had the disease before—but when doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the... More »

Scurvy: Horrific as It Was Deadly for Sailors

The 'plague of the sea' was not a pleasant way to go

(Newser) - A ship's chaplain in the 1740s wrote of sailors' gums that would grow out of control until they protruded from the mouth and rotted away, leaving a horrific case of bad breath, the BBC reports. So it turns out that not only was scurvy once incredibly dangerous, it was... More »

Rubella Wiped Out in Americas

We'll kill off measles next, health chiefs say

(Newser) - Goodbye and good riddance to rubella, which has joined smallpox and polio in being completely eradicated from the Americas. The disease, also known as German measles, has devastating consequences for unborn children, including blindness, deafness, and heart defects, when pregnant women catch it in the first trimester. In a big... More »

Researchers Discover New Tick-Borne Disease

Anaplasma capra is a new species of bacteria common in goats

(Newser) - Ticks can carry more than Lyme disease, as a newly published study reminds us. Researchers from China and the University of Maryland School of Medicine uncovered a previously unknown tick-borne illness after last spring examining 477 Chinese patients who had suffered tick bites. They determined 6% of the patients had... More »

WHO: 'Mystery Disease' May Be From Pesticides

At least 18 people have died so far in Ode-Irele, Nigeria

(Newser) - The World Health Organization said yesterday the cause of the frightening "mystery disease" that has killed at least 18 people in a town in Nigeria may be weed killer, AFP reports. The victims in Ode-Irele, located in the southwestern part of the state of Ondo, died within a day... More »

'Mystery' Disease Kills 18 People

And does it in just 24 hours, say Nigerian officials

(Newser) - A mystery illness has claimed at least 18 lives over the past few days in Nigeria, killing victims within a mere 24 hours of infection, the BBC reports. Health officials are scrambling to identify the illness—which is not Ebola or any other known virus—but have concluded that it'... More »

'100-Year-Old Teen' Dies at 17

Hayley Okines suffered from rare disease, aged 8 times faster than normal

(Newser) - "Sometimes people ask me if I could have three wishes, would I wish I didn't have progeria? And I say no." So said UK teen Hayley Okines in her 2012 autobiography Old Before My Time , telling readers her life with the rare premature-aging disease was "full... More »

What We Know About the Deadly 'Bourbon Virus'

Only one case has been detected, but others may be out there

(Newser) - The Bourbon virus—so named because it first emerged recently in Bourbon County, Kansas—has puzzled researchers. A man with the first known case of the disease died last year, and since then, experts have been working to learn more about it. A new study outlines findings, NBC News reports.... More »

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