As U.S. measles outbreaks spread, why does ‘anti-vax’ movement persist?

(HealthDay)—Measles outbreaks across the United States—including one in Washington state where 50 cases have now been identified—have again shone the spotlight on parents who resist getting kids vaccinated. These outbreaks are a clear sign of the fraying of “herd immunity,” the overall protection found when a large majority of a population has become immune to a disease, said Dr. Paul […]

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Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are leading the team that is developing the gel, which comes in the form of a sprayable solution. Their aim is that one day, surgeons will be able to spray the solution onto sites of tumor removal directly after surgery. The solution, which quickly forms a biodegradable gel, contains nanoparticles laden […]

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Scientists have learned how public transportation affects the spread of influenza and SARS

Although the connection of colds, with regular travel by public transport is widely acknowledged, the scientific evidence as they affect the spread of airborne infections, were never presented. A new study by the London underground, published in Environmental Health, confirmed the existence of this connection. This will contribute to the justification of measures to control the spread of infectious diseases. […]

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The spread of cancerous cells determined with new model developed at YSPH

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have discovered a mathematical relationship that sheds new light on the rate at which cancer cells mutate and why some survive and rapidly multiply, yet others do not. The discovery by members of the laboratory of Jeffrey Townsend, Ph.D., the Elihu Professor of Biostatistics and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will allow […]

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