• uniforme protetor

    How worried are you about Ebola coming to Brazil?

    While no cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Brazil, the level of concern seems to be rising. Our current poll asks our readers about this, and we also report the results of our last poll regarding hospitals.

  • Ebola virus

    Basic facts about Ebola: do we have to worry?

    Ebola virus disease is particularly deadly, has so far been confined to West Africa, and is unlikely to spread to Brazil. Basic facts about the disease are presented.

  • RIR

    Be careful with cat bites

    A recent study from the Mayo Clinic showed that cat bites to the hand are particularly dangerous. One-third of victims required hospitalization, and often surgery to resolve the infection. Wounds near joints and over the wrist were most problematic.

  • sabonete

    The US may soon ban consumer anti-bacterial soaps

    Anti-bacterial soaps containing the chemical triclosan have been shown to be no more effective at killing germs than plain soap, and triclosan may have long-term side effects. Several European countries have already restricted its use, and it seems like the US will soon follow.

  • pernelongo

    Dengue fever and the World Cup

    Next year at the World Cup, outbreaks of dengue fever are possible. People in at-risk areas should take measures to prevent mosquito bites, and support public health measures to decrease the mosquito population.

  • febre amarela

    Good news about yellow fever

    Many foreigners have fear of contracting yellow fever in Brazil but the disease now is rare in Brazil. An effective vaccination is available, and the WHO has just revised their recommendations such that at-risk individuals only receive one shot in their lives. Booster shots are no longer necessary.

  • esponja

    Where the germs hide in your kitchen

    The global non-profit organization NSF International has just released a report detailing the areas in the kitchen (typically the dirtiest room in the house) where germs are most likely to hide. These areas for special attention are listed in the post.

  • curar aids

    Towards a Functional Cure for HIV-AIDS

    While there is still no HIV cure, researchers are starting to talk about a “functional cure”; meaning HIV positive people who undergo treatment, then some years later, stop their treatment, and despite that, they continue with a low virus count. The key to increasing functional cures seems to be starting the anti-HIV cocktail treatment as soon as possible. Frequent HIV testing facilitates early treatment.