Topic: infectious diseases

Tracking disease at world’s largest religious festival

September 24, 2015 — From July through September this year, up to 30 million people are traveling to the cities of Nashik and Trimbakeshwar in India to bathe in the holy waters of the Godavari River, as part of the Kumbh Mela…

Shining a light on neglect

[Fall 2015] When Ellen Agler, MPH ’04, met Oumar three years ago in Mali, the teenager was wearing a soccer jersey—fitting attire for his favorite sport. But he could never play the game that delighted him: His legs and feet were huge…

Should scientists experiment with highly contagious pathogens?

The current controversy about the wisdom of conducting experiments with pathogens that are genetically engineered to be more contagious presents a unique opportunity to set an effective precedent on the issue of biological experiments that carry large-scale risks, according to a Foreign…

Off the Cuff: Making the case for childhood immunization

[Spring 2015] Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Q: There has been an uptick of measles, whooping cough, and other infections in the United States. Many of these infections, which are routinely prevented by childhood…

Tracking a duo of deadly diseases

June 30, 2015 -- Should we be worried about Lassa fever, the hemorrhagic fever that recently killed a New Jersey man? How is it different from Ebola? Computational biologist Pardis Sabeti—recently named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator for 2015—studies the genetics…

New target identified for inhibiting malaria parasite invasion

For immediate release: June 25, 2015 Boston, MA ─ A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that a malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells. Human calcineurin…