Michaeleen Doucleff

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Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

Friday, July 31, 2015

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of people at high risk for Ebola. But more data are needed to figure out exactly how well the vaccine works.


Songs That Heal: Preserving A Thousand-Year-Old Tradition

Sunday, July 12, 2015

There are only six people left in the world who know the healing songs of the Wachiperi, an ancient group in the Andes. One of them flew 3,000 miles to share his skills — and cure headaches.


Cholera Vaccine Protects Whole Community, Even Unvaccinated

Friday, July 10, 2015

A cheap, oral vaccine — about the size of an "energy shot" — offers fresh hope for preventing cholera epidemics, like the one that has killed nearly 10,000 people in Haiti.


From Pygmy Hunting Songs To Taylor Swift, What Makes Music Universal

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Can you hear what's similar about a Palestinian line dance and Swift's "Shake It Off"? Or The Sound of Music's "Do-Re-Mi" and a Pygmy song? Scientists have finally decoded the language of music.


Health Officials Announce Return Of Ebola In Liberia

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Liberia has gone several months without a case of Ebola, but this week, health officials announced two new cases.


Ebola Returns To Liberia With A Mysterious Case Near Monrovia

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A teenage boy tested positive for Ebola in a town outside the capital city. It's unknown where he caught the virus, and health officials are concerned the case could spark another outbreak.


Pot For Parasites? Pygmy Men Smoke Out Worms

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

When it comes to reefer madness, nobody can top a group of traditional hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin. About 70 percent of men smoke cannabis. The drug could be doing more than getting them high.


As MERS Outbreak Surges, Genetic Tests Show Virus Hasn't Mutated

Monday, June 08, 2015

So the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea is probably due to other factors, such as a delayed response to the outbreak and poor infection control at hospitals.


Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

Monday, June 08, 2015

There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she's sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly?

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Viral Superspreader? How One Man Triggered A Deadly MERS Outbreak

Thursday, June 04, 2015

In the past week, cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome have more than tripled in South Korea. Researchers now have a clue to why the outbreak has grown so large, so quickly.


World Health Organization Considers Measures To Quicken Outbreak Response

Monday, May 25, 2015

The consensus is that the World Health Organization's performance on Ebola was miserable. At the agency's annual meeting, the WHO is set to adopt reforms to make sure what happened with Ebola doesn't happen again.


Home-Brewed Morphine Is Around The Corner

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What if microbes could ferment sugar into narcotics, like the way yeasts make beer? That day is quickly approaching. This week scientists report all the steps needed to make morphine in yeast.


What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty

Friday, May 15, 2015

New charities pop up all the time. But how do you know which ones work? Economists have come up with a strategy to figure it out. They've used it to tackle one of the biggest problems in the world.


Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour

Monday, May 11, 2015

One critter traveled around the globe from Australia on a eucalyptus tree. The other hitched a ride on a Central American flower. These flies are the tip of the invasive insect iceberg in California.


Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

Thursday, May 07, 2015

When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.


Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?


Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.


How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

For the first time, scientists have looked at the microbiome of an isolated Amazon tribe. The study finds that the Western lifestyle has wiped dozens of species out of American guts.


'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?


Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Friday, April 10, 2015

Babies have a microbe in their gut that prevents infections and helps the immune system. But not all infants get the bacteria at the same time, or in the same amount. Scientists have figured out why.