A Potential Public Health Nightmare
Week of May 27
Unfortunately, we’ve become more familiar with Ebola, MERS, and Zika – viruses that dominated recent headlines. These viruses have been around for years.
What’s different now is that they’re no longer isolated in a small part of the world, but threaten to spread to the U.S. and around the globe. Add that to microbes that plague us right here such as the flu, whooping cough, and antibiotic superbugs...
The Zoo We Bear
Week of May 20
While we live with lots of microbes that make us healthier, it turns out; we also share our bodies with even more creatures: parasites and vermin. That may sound disgusting but they reveal many things about our past. For example, most of us harbor a mite that lives in the hair follicle of our faces. They’re tubular and you’ve seen one if you’ve squeezed a greasy plug from a nose pore.
Scientists collected mites from the faces of seventy people...