A microscopy image of
Aspergillus fumigatus fungus, one of the biggest killers of patients with weak immune systems.
Mark Stappers/Kevin Mackenzie
Fungi perform a vital role in the biological cycle, but pose an increasing danger to human health – invasive fungal infections kill three times more people than malaria.
Faecal bacteria on hands is really common.
Handshakes may be polite, but they're also a sure fire way to transfer lots of bacteria from one hand to another.
The term “epidemic” is now being used for more than infectious diseases. So what does it actually mean?
The obesity epidemic, the flu epidemic, the opioid epidemic... in the 21st century, everything seems to be an "epidemic". But what does the term actually mean?
Many people feel conflicted about the use of animals in scientific research. But what is actually involved?
‘I’m still me inside’.
Comics often portray those with dementia as abnormal or less than human.
There's plenty of evidence that modern swill-feeding would be safe, sustainable, and popular.
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New research shows just 1% of E. coli bacteria's genetic mutations are lethal.
Reconstruction of the bite wound affecting the shoulder of our herbivorous dinosaur.
Zongda Zhang/Lida Xing
New research uses pathology in dinosaur bones to look at predator-prey interactions in the fossil record.
Thelazia gulosa is an eyeworm parasite that infects cows. But an Oregon woman’s discovery of the worms in her own eye has raised concerns about parasites that jump from animals to humans.
A stomach-churning viral video of an Oregon woman who describes removing cattle eyeworms from her eye has renewed interest in parasites that jump from animals to humans. Here's all you need to know.
Tiger Brands was thrown into the centre of the listeriosis storm.
South Africa's food making giant, Tiger Brands, could have handled the listeriosis crisis better.
Pets give us a lot of joy ... and sometimes a few diseases.
Bryant and May match girls strike committee, 1888.
TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
These female workers had their health destroyed by a horrific disease known as 'phossy jaw'. It caused their jaw bones to glow in the dark and rot away.
A nurse nun visits the graves of victims of a 1976 Ebola outbreak.
The audio version of a long read on the historical mistakes and cover ups that hampered the response to the devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014.
A CDC scientist measures the amount of H7N9 avian flu virus grown in a lab.
James Gathany/CDC/Handout via REUTERS
Science has come a long way in the 100 years since the worst flu pandemic in history. But that doesn't mean that the country is ready for another health disaster.
A giant ant carries a dead fellow in the name of cleanliness.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918.
AP Photo/National Museum of Health
Don't believe these 10 common myths about the 1918 Spanish flu.
How responsible are migratory animals for spreading diseases?
Migratory animals are often blamed for the global spread of disease. However, recent research indicates they may not be the primary culprit.
People in Canada and around the world are living longer thanks to public health and modern medicine. It’s time to treat aging as an asset, not a process of decline.
The population is aging in Canada and around the world. It's time to focus our attentions on optimal aging instead of grimly tallying the burdens of growing old.
We all have to die of something, so why can’t I die by delicious donuts?
Sure, you have to die of something, but you may not have to die so soon - and you could be healthier, wealthier and happier in the meantime.
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771,945 have been infected.