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The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

Why the Silence Comandante Ortega? That paraphrasing of a headline from the great Spanish daily El Pais introduced a story in the paper on the difficulties that Nicaragua has faced in coming to grips with the death and disability wrought by a still-unexplained kidney disease epidemic.

February 12, 2014 — Gary Stix
Zombie Fever: A Mathematician Studies a Pop Culture Epidemic

Zombie Fever: A Mathematician Studies a Pop Culture Epidemic

Zombies. They’re everywhere. My dentist and his assistant spent my last visit and chatting about The Walking Dead while drilling into my head, and it seems like every reasonably large town hosts a zombie run.

October 30, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Unexpected Award Phone Call: A Good Way to Start Your Day

Yesterday morning as I was tucking into my first cup of tea, I received the startling news that I’ve won the American Meteorological Society’s Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences.

September 24, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Whale Snot

The question is: what do you use to study the health of whales in the wild? The answer is: not what you’d think. Unlike smaller sea mammals like seals or sea lions, it is very hard to obtain blood samples from whales without first killing them.

April 21, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
Disease Detectives Investigate Outbreaks at Home and Abroad

Disease Detectives Investigate Outbreaks at Home and Abroad

The medical sleuths of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been thrust into the limelight with the recent Ebola epidemic. Charged with chasing diseases and stopping outbreaks, they're a geeky bunch of young doctors, veterinarians and scientists, who prefer to work behind the scenes.

October 10, 2014 — Seema Yasmin

Understand the Measles Outbreak with this One Weird Number

15. That’s all you need to know about the measles. OK, that’s not true at all. There's no one weird trick that will give you a flat belly (besides lying face-down on something flat), and there's no one weird number that explains measles epidemiology.

January 31, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb
Kawasaki Disease Traced to Winds from Northeast China Carrying Unusual Fungal Load

Kawasaki Disease Traced to Winds from Northeast China Carrying Unusual Fungal Load

In 2012 I wrote a story for Nature about a strange illness called Kawasaki Disease whose cause has eluded scientists for over 50 years. The diseases causes inflammation of the blood vessels in small children that leads to fever, rashes and reddening, and even coronary aneurysms that can cause heart attacks in the young.

May 25, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

Muddled about MERS? Here's A Quick Guide

While I was working on the “H1N-What?” post, I also knew there would soon be questions about MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), just as there were about SARS.

May 5, 2014 — Judy Stone