Michaeleen Doucleff

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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.


Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow's Milk

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

We're not talking about just a smidge. Roughly 10 percent of samples tested contained at least 10 percent cow's milk. Doctors say the diluted milk could be dangerous for babies for several reasons.


Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.


A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world — about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.


Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.


Superslick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A new coating makes ketchup slide out of the bottle and toothpaste slip out of a tube, right down to the last drop. So why not put the slick surface on an Ebola suit so the virus doesn't stick?