Important factor may be missing in models used to predict spread of epidemics from climate change

New research from Indiana University suggests that computer models used to predict the spread of epidemics from climate change — such as crop blights or disease outbreaks — may not take into account an important factor in predicting their severity. A study recently published in the journal Ecology has found that pathogens that grow inside […]

Researchers publish new paper on developing vaccine candidates for Helminthic parasites

Helminthic parasites, like hookworm and liver flukes (schistosomiasis), affect an estimated 1 billion people worldwide. Infection from hookworm and schistosomiasis result in a combined loss of as much as 92 million disability-adjusted life years annually. Little progress has been made to relieve this global burden and eradicate these parasites until now. A partnership between the […]

Key factor may be missing from models that predict disease outbreaks from climate change

An uninfected water flea (top right) and an infected water flea (lower left). IU researchers studied the effect of temperature on the infection of water fleas, or Daphnia, by the fungal pathogen Metschnikowia. Credit: Meghan Duffy, University of Michigan An uninfected water flea (top right) and an infected water flea (lower left). IU researchers studied […]

Ethiopian 7-year trial finds that childhood eye infection increases after antibiotic program ends

Continuous mass distribution of azithromycin in northern Ethiopia, where the childhood eye infection trachoma is a major cause of blindness, is effective in preventing recurrence of trachoma but does not eliminate the infection entirely, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine by Jeremy Keenan and colleagues from the University of California in San Francisco, […]