Women’s immune systems mount a significantly stronger response against invaders.
Women have evolved to have stronger immunity than men. But this comes with downsides -
women are more likely to have autoimmune diseases due to their "reactive" immune systems.
Finding Zika’s roots can help contain the virus.
The 2015 Zika outbreak in South America brought the virus to global attention. But tracing the history of the virus in West Africa can give clues to tackling future outbreaks.
Medical workers move a woman, who is suspected of having Ebola, upon her arrival at Meioxeiro Hospital, in Vigo, northwestern Spain, 28 October 2015.
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Professor Peter Doherty on infectious disease pandemics.
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William Isdale speaks with the University of Melbourne's Professor Peter Doherty about infectious disease pandemics.
Tiny bug, major disease spreader.
Dr. Paul Howell, USCDCP
Several sites in the US are releasing bacteria-infected mosquitoes as a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses that threaten people. What's the science – and how well will it work?
Women in rural Malawi, outside an AIDS hospital. AIDS was the first of the ‘new’ pandemic threats, after bird flu.
An active outbreak of a type of bird flu in China raises concerns about worldwide pandemics. Ebola and Zika viruses still threaten. Here's why this is not the time to cut funding.
Fumigation against the Zika-carrying mosquito in Guatemala.
Coordinadora Nacional para Reducción de Desastres via Flickr
Zika is not gender neutral: women’s rights are at stake.
Revellers at a carnival in Sao Paulo wear mosquito masks in a reference to the
Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can spread dengue and Zika on February 4, 2016.
Emerging research suggests that preexisting immunity to dengue virus, which is endemic in South America, could make a subsequent Zika infection worse.
This was the year of the health review, the NDIS, and Zika virus.
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Health spent a lot of time in the spotlight in 2016. Medicare was a major issue in Australia’s federal election and numerous government reviews into health were announced and reported.
A baby girl with microcephaly, in Lagoa do Carro, Pernambuco, Brazil.
A moving dispatch from the frontline in the fight against Zika.
For viruses like dengue, being injected with the pathogen as in a vaccine can open the door to secondary infections.
Our immune system protects us but when it comes to some mosquito-borne disease, it can work against us. What are the implications for the development of a Zika virus vaccine?
Muhammad Mahdi Karim
There's a new weapon against mosquitoes that spreads diseases such as dengue and yellow fever – more mosquitoes.
A pickup truck from the Department of Health fumigates in San Juan, Jan. 27, 2016.
It's hard to contain a mosquito-borne infection like Zika when the conditions are ideal for it to spread.
Cages full of hand reared yellow fever mosquitoes await research (or possibly release)
Cameron Webb, NSW Health Pathology/University of Sydney
Upscaling the success of emerging mosquito control technologies relies on automating the rearing and release of millions of mosquitoes. Australia is to become the testing ground for a novel strategy.
Pregnant women in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were faced with the double fear of dying from Ebola as well during childbirth.
We found that less than 1% of published research papers around the time of both outbreaks, that related to the outbreaks, actually explored their gendered impact.
A vial of the Zika Virus Investigational DNA Vaccine from the NIH.
NIH Image Gallery/Flickr
The long vaccine development process is focused on ensuring production of the safest and most effective vaccine for use.
A tuberculosis patient holds his medicines received from the government’s tuberculosis center in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
In the future, consumers in the developed world could choose to purchase products from the companies that do the most to promote global health.
The outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil had Australian travellers on alert but transmission is only possible in tropical Queensland.
New research shows common local mosquitoes aren’t able to spread Zika. This means Australia is unlikely to see a major outbreak of the disease. But a risk remains in northern Queensland.
County officials gear up to hand-spray mosquitoes in San Diego.
Congress has failed three times to approve spending to stop the spread of Zika. Their long-term response isn't much better.
Most cases of Zika are asymptomatic.
Airman Magazine/U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/Flickr
A computer model suggests that while more cases of Zika can be expected in the continental U.S. outbreaks will probably be small and are not projected to spread.
A woman looks at a CDC health advisory sign about Zika at Miami International Airport
Politics, not epidemiology or medicine, drives government responses to disease. Politicians are the ultimate decision-makers in public health, and they must respond to political forces.