Topic: infectious diseases

Face masks recommended to help prevent flu transmission

March 13, 2013 — During flu season, sufferers are advised to prevent spreading the virus by covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing and by washing their hands. But these methods may not be enough, according to a new study by Harvard…

International symposium in Boston targets drug resistance

October 11, 2011 -- Scientists from around the globe gathered in Boston this month to discuss the enduring problem of diseases like tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases that have been treated for decades but are becoming increasingly drug-resistant. The…

Monkey malaria parasite poses increasing risks to humans

May 9, 2013 -- A new study has shed light on why a monkey malaria parasite that typically caused only mild infection in humans is now beginning to cause severe disease and death—and how it has the potential to become a dangerous…

Making the case to continue an innovative anti-malaria program

November 7, 2012 -- Funding at Risk for Program That Increases Availability, Lowers Costs for Most Effective Drugs A pharmacist in Chokwe, Mozambique dispenses Coartem, an artemisinin-combination therapy. A two-year-old pilot program that aims to protect the most effective drug for malaria from…

Mounting evidence links Epstein-Barr virus, multiple sclerosis

November 9, 2011 Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and their collaborators have found more evidence that infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) appears to significantly increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).…

New drugs, strategies needed to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis

Medical researchers from around the globe met June 28, 2012 at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to discuss ways to combat the emergence of a form of drug-resistant tuberculosis. During a panel discussion at the day-long symposium, experts—including two Harvard…

HSPH students look to unravel the complexities of Chagas Disease

March 30, 2012 Chagas disease affects an estimated 8 to 11 million people worldwide. Caused by a parasite transmitted primarily through a bite from the triatomine, or “kissing” bug—so-called because it frequently bites humans on the face—Chagas has two stages, one acute…

Restrict future research on bird flu virus, HSPH experts recommend

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health, and former HSPH dean [[Barry Bloom]], Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health,…

Malaria parasite transforms itself to hide from human immune system

December 13, 2012 -- In order to spread disease inside the human body, the malaria parasite must evade the human immune system—which it does remarkably well. Now, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have uncovered details about the mechanism by which…