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Blowing in the Wind: The Mysterious Kawasaki Disease

Hard to diagnose, with an unknown cause, Kawasaki disease has been puzzling doctors for 150 years. Jeremy Hsu explores what we know, and still don’t know, about this troubling childhood heart condition.Read more...

Climate change could increase the spread of tropical diseases

Many tropical diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease and dengue are transmitted to humans via mosquitoes and other carriers known as vectors. These vector-borne diseases continue to have a major impact on human health in the developing world: each year,

What Is the Scariest Disease?

Whether you're personally afraid of Ebola or not, you have to admit it's a scary disease: no vaccine, no cure, and high fatality rate are just a few of its distinguishing features. Recently I polled my friends on what diseases they were afraid of,

Brain-eating tribe evolved resistance to fatal diseases, like mad cow

The practice of cannibalism in one Papua New Guinea tribe led to the spread of a fatal brain disease called kuru that caused a devastating epidemic in the group. But now, some members of the tribe carry a gene that appears to protect against kuru, as well as other so-called "prion diseases,

Analysis of Phase II Data for Celgene’s Investigational Oral GED-0301 in Patients with Active Crohn’

Patients with more severe Crohn’s disease or longer disease duration treated with GED-0301 160 mg experienced clinical remission and response rates greater than placebo SUMMIT, N.J. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:

Intel creates big data platform to fight Parkinson’s disease

Together with the Michael J. Fox Foundation it has created a platform that collects data using wearable devices and feeds it into a system that will react to changes in symptoms.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/08/14/intel-creates-big-data-platform-fight-parkinsons-disease/

Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

Sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States are among the more active practitioners of disease self-management. It involves, among other disciplines, rigorous self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels, strict dietary discipline and, possibly,

New Phase III study of nintedanib in people with systemic sclerosis and lung fibrosis

First person enrolled in the SENSCIS™ (Safety and Efficacy of Nintedanib in Systemic SClerosIS) study investigating nintedanib in people with systemic sclerosis who also develop interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) Phase III trial is now open for recruitment After demonstrating that nintedanib slows disease progression in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,

The Mysterious Disease Traveling Across the Pacific in the Wind

For decades, doctors have been unable to answer the most basic question about Kawasaki disease: what causes it—a virus, a chemical, a fungus? Whatever it is, it provokes mysterious swelling and rashes in infants.

Resurrecting Dinosaur-Age Proteins To Cure Human Disease

While dinosaurs have not yet been resurrected Jurassic Park-style, scientists fiddling with ancient DNA sequences have made a discovery that may turn out to be a tad more useful: a treatment for gout.

Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

An anonymous reader writes 'Health officials say a patient in Texas has died of a rare brain disorder believed to be caused by consumption of beef products contaminated with mad cow disease. It is only the fourth known case of its kind in the United States.

Phase II Data in Crohn鈥檚 Disease for Celgene鈥檚 Oral Antisense Therapy GED-0301 to Be ...

BOUDRY, Switzerland -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Celgene International Sàrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG), today announced that results from a double-blind, placebo-controlled,

Verge Genomics Wants To Cure Neurodegenerative Diseases Through Advanced Algorithms

Launching out of the Y Combinator accelerator, Verge Genomics is looking to find cures for brain diseases. Diseases such as Alzheimers, ALS, and Parkinsons are complex diseases that usually involve a network of genes, as opposed to a single gene. According to the company, over 99.

Three dead, dozens sick with Legionnaires' disease in NYC outbreak

New York City officials are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx, after thedeath toll rose on Friday.A third person was confirmed dead from the disease, according to NBC, citing local officials.

Metabiota Pulls In $30 Million In Funding To Help Predict The Global Spread Of Disease

Disease outbreak prediction startup Metabiota has raised $30 million in Series A funding to help build out its offerings to government organizations and insurers on a global scale.

Papuan Tribe That Ate Brains Developed Resistance to Some Brain Diseases

The story of kuru, as classically told in biology textbooks, is a tragic one. The Fore population in Papua New Guinea ate the brains of their tribe members as an act of mourning, a ritual that allowed a misshapen protein to spread through the population. This caused the disease kuru,

And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMat

Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference.

Avril Lavigne opens up about her battle with Lyme disease

Lyme disease went and made things so complicated.In her first TV appearance since her diagnosis on Good Morning America Monday, Avril Lavigne spoke candidly about the anguish she has faced while battling Lyme disease.

Chinese Researchers Create Disease-Resistant Wheat by Deleting Genes

Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen — called powdery mildew — that is a major bane to the world's top food source, according to scientists at one of China's leading centers for agricultural research.

Windows Phone boss takes the ALS ice bucket challenge to make people aware of this fatal disease

So everyone on the internet has been raising the awareness for the fatal disease known as ALS as of late. Known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, this disease affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. 

Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes "Kawasaki disease is a mysterious condition that results in alarming rashes, inflammation and sometimes early death. It sickens 12,000 children a year in Japan and is suspected to arrive there and elsewhere by the wind. Now,

Scientists Can Predict the Spread of Disease Using Wikipedia

While Google couldn't track influenza particularly accurately using search analysis , a team of researchers reckons it can predict the spread of diseases using data lurking within Wikipedia.Read more...

What you need to know about the Legionnaire's disease outbreak in NYC

The number of cases of Legionnaire's disease, a form of bacterial pneumonia, in New York City again rose on Tuesday — to a total of 86. Seven people have so far died from the disease, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio's office. The cases are all clustered in the South Bronx,

Fatal Familial Insomnia: The Brain Disease That Stops You Sleeping

Sometimes the worst nightmares are the ones you don't have. There are numerous conditions, disorders, and illnesses that either limit or prevents the amount of sleep an individual is able to get. Many of them are quite dangerous,

New Paper-Based Urine Tests Could Detect Cancer and Heart Disease

Diagnosing cancer and heart disease generally requires extensively trained personnel and expensive instruments. But one MIT research group that wants to solve that problem has designed a single injection and paper-based detection system they're hoping to ship them everywhere a letter can travel.

Toshiba's New Breathalyzer Diagnoses Diseases, Not Drunks

Toshiba just took the wraps off a medical breathalyzer that the company says can diagnose diseases by analyzing the air a patient exhales. "Bad breath" just took on a whole new meaning.Read more...    

Three Important Things You Probably Don't Know About Diabetes

When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. A chronic disease linked with obesity, heart disease and worse outcomes for some infectious diseases, diabetes tends to be associated in our minds with wealth, excess and over-consumption.Read more...

Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

mdsolar (1045926) writes in about a Norwegian team who believe the have an explanation about the unique distribution of HIV in Africa. "While around the world a vast majority of AIDS victims are men, Africa has long been the glaring exception: Nearly 60 percent are women.

Autopsies find 79% of former football players tested positive for brain disease CTE

Just days after a violent opening weekend to the 2015 season, results from an ongoing study show that 87 of 91 former NFL players autopsied by researchers had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — a degenerative brain disease linked to repeat concussions — when they died,

Ebola spreading rate compared to other diseases visualized

Many people are freaking out about ebola, but the fact is that there's no reason to panic because it spreads too slowly. Way slower than other infectious diseases. The graphic above shows it clearly: While a measles patient can infect a maximum of 18 people on average,

Mosquitoes could bring deadly diseases to UK within years, study warns

LONDON — Warmer conditions are making the UK a more attractive place for disease-carrying mosquitoes, according to a new study.See also:

YC-Backed Atomwise Discovers Drugs For Diseases That Don’t Even Exist Yet

“Here I am just sitting in this house and I’m able to predict a cure to measles,” co-founder of Atomwise Alex Levy tells me over the phone from his apartment in Mountain View, Calif. Atomwise, a health tech startup in the current Y Combinator batch,

The Penis Propaganda That Warned WWII-Era Soldiers of Venereal Disease

During World War II, a foe far more insidious than the aggressive Axis powers was felling our boys fighting overseas. Venereal disease had always been a huge problem for American troops, but in 1942 the government got serious about schooling soldiers to be more conscientious with their erections.

1 in 3 New Yorkers has this stomach disease — and probably doesn't know it

Almost one in three New Yorkers is walking around with a very particular stomach disease, and they probably don't even know it.A coworker of ours who shall remain nameless recently got a little TMI. He told us he'd just been to New York gastroenterologist Dr.

The Best Predictor Of Heart Disease Is...Twitter?

Normally, when doctors are trying to look at whether an individual is at risk of heart disease, they'll look at classic indicators of health: smoking, diet, obesity and so on. But according to a University of Pennsylvania study, they might be better off taking a look at their tweets. Read more...

Time is of the Essence for Millions Living with ‘Neglected’ Lung Disease: Your Time Campaign Calls f

WHO expects COPD to be the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030 - exceeded only by heart disease and stroke1 By the time most people know they have COPD, around 50% of their lung function2,3 is lost and daily life can be negatively impacted Earlier,

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