Michaeleen Doucleff

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Arsenic Antidote Hidden In Our Genes

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Even at low doses, the potent poison damages organs and causes cancers. Now scientists have found a population high in the Andes Mountains that has adapted to the toxic metal over thousands of years.


How To Help Children Orphaned By Ebola

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

More than 16,000 children have lost a parent to Ebola. Almost all of these children have found a home with a relative, but they still have basic needs such as food and clothes for school.


15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

Friday, February 20, 2015

The test is as simple as a pregnancy test. So it could help health workers find and stop new outbreaks more quickly. But it doesn't catch every case and still requires some lab equipment.


Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape, because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.


The Grandpa Who Saved His Granddaughter From Ebola

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ebola is especially deadly for children and babies. About 80 percent of those infected have died. But one man knew instinctively that love and affection could make a difference.


Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Can Kill

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

It happened to Roald Dahl's daughter in 1962. It still happens today, in the U.S. and around the world. In rare cases, measles becomes an incurable disease.


Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.


India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.


Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.


Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Friday, January 09, 2015

Deep in the Congolese rain forest, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western music. When a team of scientists played them music from Star Wars and Psycho, the results were surprising.


Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

Friday, January 02, 2015

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.


Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia

Friday, January 02, 2015

A handful of ecologists knew for years that West Africa was at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Now they're figuring out where else in the world the virus could be hiding. Many signs point to Asia.


Painful Virus Sweeps Central America, Gains A Toehold In U.S.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

While some Americans worried that Ebola would spread around the U.S., a new mosquito-borne virus flew right in. It sickened more than 2,000 Americans and nearly a million people across the Caribbean.


Scientists Report Headway In Hunt For Dengue Vaccine

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.


Endless Ebola Epidemic? That's The 'Risk We Face Now,' CDC Says

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dr. Thomas Frieden visits West Africa this week to assess the fight against Ebola. His goal? Figure out how to keep the disease from turning into a permanent problem.


Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

In parts of southern Africa, HIV has picked up mutations that slow down its ability to grow inside a person's blood. That's a good sign. But will it be enough to make a difference in the epidemic?


Ebola In The Air: What Science Says About How The Virus Spreads

Monday, December 01, 2014

Turns out, Ebola is transmitted through the air, but it's not very good at spreading through the airborne route. What in the heck does that mean? We dig into the science to clear up the kerfuffle.


How Dogs Understand What We Say

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.


Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Friday, November 28, 2014

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.


Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Friday, November 21, 2014

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.