Topic: infectious diseases

House flies and diplomacy

Two decades ago, Richard Pollack, then a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard School of Public Health, embarked on what turned into an unusual scientific mission. Along with his mentor the late Andrew Spielman, Pollack traveled to the Dead Sea to tackle an infestation…

TB survival mechanism explained

In a new paper, Eric Rubin, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues describe how tuberculosis (TB) bacteria undergo metabolic adaptation to survive attempts by immune system cells to kill them off by starving them…

Tuberculosis experts address role of immune response

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major infectious disease global threat, with 8.7 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths worldwide reported in 2011 alone. In the United States, an estimated 10 million to 15 million people are infected. With multidrug-resistant forms of TB…

With flu season approaching, experts push vaccination

Even though flu season isn’t in full swing, now is the time to get vaccinated, say health experts. More children than ever got vaccinated last year, but health experts say the U.S. needs to do better, as many young and middle-aged adults…