Topic: infectious diseases

Trust in Vaccines

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the importance of immunization, the safety of vaccines, and the consequences of vaccine hesitancy.

Bird Flu Research

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined questions raised by the publication of possibly dangerous information on bird flu transmission and explored security issues faced by labs legitimately working w

The Next Pandemic

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined current pandemic preparedness in the face of MERS and H7N9.

Battling Drug-Resistant Superbugs

[FORUM VIDEO] This Forum event examined the public health menace posed by antimicrobial resistance and the steps to be undertaken to fight the "superbugs."

Malaria parasite can hide in bone marrow

Parasites that transmit the deadliest form of malaria are able to hide in their host’s bone marrow during development. A research team led by Matthias Marti, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, is the first…

A genomics strategy for managing ecosystems

For immediate release: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Boston, MA—A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called “gene drives.” The advance could potentially lead to powerful…

Politics and polio

In an effort to keep the polio virus from spreading between countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended that all residents and long-term visitors in Pakistan, Cameroon, and Syria be immunized and obtain a certificate of verification before traveling. According to…

Widely used HIV drug linked to higher suicide risk

People infected with HIV whose treatment includes the widely used antiretroviral drug efavirenz appear to have double the risk of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and completion compared to HIV patients not taking the medication, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health…

Experiments with potential pandemic flu strains pose deadly risk

In the wake of the recent accidental exposure of at least 75 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to anthrax, Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) [[Marc Lipsitch]] argues that experiments aimed at creating deadly pathogens—particularly those that could…

Talking the talk on vaccines

June 23, 2014 —  Recent disease outbreaks have been traced to deliberately unvaccinated Americans—and anti-vaccine sentiment is a serious health concern. Barry Bloom, an infectious diseases expert at Harvard School of Public Health, thinks health care providers need better strategies—based on solid…