Computers may play an important role in preparing us for the next viral outbreak – whether flu or Ebola.
UW Institute for Protein Design
This antivirus software protects health, not computers. Researchers are beginning to combat deadly infections using computer-generated antiviral proteins – a valuable tool to fight a future pandemic.
When a man was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas in 2014, workers cleared out the apartment unit where he had been staying.
President Trump wants to slash global health funding at a time when more investment is needed, not less. This spending can protect Americans – as well as foreigners – from deadly diseases.
Health workers during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Chinese view of and response to epidemics differs markedly from that developed in the West.
Not every country prepares for global health threats in the same way.
Mosquitoes could expand their reach if money for climate change research is cut.
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Malaria has long menaced the world, but gains have occurred. Those efforts could now be stymied by budget cuts, however. Here's how a disease that knows no borders could widen its deadly reach.
Actress and U.N. Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd visited a refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan in 2016.
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Contraception saves lives, and U.S. spending on it abroad had an unintended upside when it formed the backbone of early HIV prevention efforts.
Aedes aegypti, the Zika-carrying mosquito.
The Zika outbreak that started in Brazil in 2015 continues on five continents, causing neurological disease and birth defects.
After the Spanish flu we didn’t see any new flu strains for forty years. Now novel strains are increasingly popping up.
How is it the flu has managed to stay around for so long, and why haven't we beaten it yet?
When governments delay releasing information about disease outbreaks, algorithms come to the rescue.
The avian influenza strain of bird flu is thought to spread across continents via wild migratory birds.
Functional early warning systems help countries respond to a disease before it spreads.
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Universal flu vaccines have reached the stage where they are no longer just a 'hopeful hypothesis'.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
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Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
A reservoir of viruses.
Globalisation has ensured that pandemics are a fact of life, but are we learning from past mistakes?
Life hasn’t been sweet for the honeybees lately.
New study maps the spread of 'deformed wing virus' – and it follows patterns of human trade.
What flu season has in store: mostly H1N1 in the north and a three-way split between H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B in the south.
Mathematical models can help allocate medical resources.
Mathematicians are a secret weapon when it comes to preparing for outbreaks of diseases like Ebola.
They’re coming to get you.
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Predicting the severity of the flu season based on one data set paints an unnecessarily scary picture.
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Australia's in the middle of the annual flu season and once again, it's claimed to the worst on record. But why is it that every season seems to outdo previous ones and how bad is this year, really?
Celebrations as Liberia is declared Ebola free.
The last century has given us much to draw on when it comes to dealing with pandemics.
Air travel can turn epidemics into pandemics.
More than 8,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa since February 2014 and it has spread beyond the three countries initially affected. So, it’s an epidemic, right? Or is it an outbreak? What about…
The future is uncertain, and that’s a problem.
The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Anders Sandberg and Andrew Snyder-Beattie, researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, explored…