Your saliva affects the way you spread pathogens

Our saliva can vary depending on our physiological state, making us more or less likely to pass on bugs to others

Researchers create an effective RNA vaccine for malaria

Tech similar to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines might prevent one of the world's deadliest diseases

A person performing a genome sequencing to compare the genetic sequences of viruses.

 CDC (Videographer: Todd Jordan)

New research on Nipah virus finds the virus spreads rapidly as patients approach death

This science must be balanced with the rights of sick people and their loved ones

Wolbachia bacteria stop mosquitos from spreading viruses

You may have never heard of Wolbachia, but these bacteria could save us from dengue and malaria

Eating more fiber feeds whipworm parasites in our guts

New research shows that interactions between diet and parasites might make people with whipworm infection sicker

The sugar in semen makes HIV drugs less effective

High levels of the sugar can obstruct antivirals from linking with viruses

Cytokines prevent the whooping cough bacteria from invading the rest of the body (in mice)

Researchers hope that this finding will eventually lead to new treatment for the disease in infants

Can hormone levels signal for autism in girls?

New study moves against the current of gender bias in autism research

We could soon be harvesting anti-viral antibodies from tobacco plants

"Plantibodies" represent a new avenue for treatments against fast moving viruses like influenza or coronavirus

Children that go to school near major roadways experience more severe asthma

New research reiterates that air pollution is a public health risk, and that children in cities are particularly at risk

Bats' unique immune systems make them stealthy viral reservoirs

These ecologically important animals have been at the center of many major viral outbreaks, and we are beginning to understand why

Viruses can infect the brain, hide out for decades, and then cause Viral Parkinsonism

How do you study a disease that takes decades to reveal itself? In this case, scientists used mice, viruses, and a little immunotherapy

CRISPR technology for human gene editing is promising, but serious scientific and ethical concerns remain

Multiple sectors of society must be involved in the regulation and applications of CRISPR to medicine

Pregnant women must get their flu shots to help avoid future influenza epidemics

The flu virus treats the altered immune systems of pregnant individuals as its training ground to get stronger, making vaccination an imperative

The rise of a mysterious lung illness begins to expose the dangers of vaping

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control have reported at least 450 cases in 33 U.S. states, as policy makers call for action

A good defense is the best offense in medicine

It may be perceived as "boring" or "routine," but preventative medicine should be a priority in today's health care system