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We're Closer Than Ever to Realizing Jimmy Carter's Dream

Only 13 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2022

(Newser) - The planet got incrementally closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease last year. The Carter Center on Tuesday announced there were just 13 cases of the disease reported worldwide in 2022, down two from the year prior for a 13% drop (the initial count of 14 was later confirmed to be...

Celine Dion Reveals Rare Disorder
Celine Dion Reveals
Rare Disorder

Celine Dion Reveals Rare Disorder

Singer has stiff person syndrome, a neurological disease; 2023 tour dates canceled, postponed

(Newser) - Celine Dion has postponed or canceled all of her 2023 tour dates, with a sobering revelation behind that news. "As you know, I've always been an open book," the 54-year-old singer began in an emotional Instagram video Thursday. "I wasn't ready to say anything before—...

WHO Has a Warning for Couch Potatoes

Agency notes 'severe' cost for physical inactivity, with various diseases looming

(Newser) - Get active or risk disease. That's the message from the World Health Organization, whose first global report on physical activity indicates 500 million people in 194 countries will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, dementia, depression, or other diseases unless they boost their physical activity. "There are few...

North Korea Is Fighting Another Disease Outbreak

Experts believe it's cholera or typhoid

(Newser) - North Korea is battling another disease along with a COVID-19 outbreak—but in true North Korea style, the country is not being forthcoming about how many people are affected or exactly what disease is involved. The official Korea Central News Agency says Kim Jong Un has sent medicine to help...

The Taller You Are, the Higher the Risk for These Diseases

But taller people benefit from a lower risk of conditions including heart disease: study

(Newser) - Height may be a previously unrecognized risk factor for several common diseases, according to the largest study of the link between height and disease thus far. The study using data from more than 222,000 white adults and more than 58,000 Black adults enrolled in the US Veterans Affairs...

Monkeypox May Have Made Its Way to 2nd US State

Massachusetts had already reported a case of rare disease; now, a suspected case in New York City

(Newser) - The UK , Portugal, and Spain have all recently reported a small number of confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox, and on Wednesday, Massachusetts phoned in its own report , as officials tried to see if it was linked with the ones overseas. Now, a possible second case in another US city:...

Israel Suffers Its Deadliest Wildlife Disaster

At least 5K cranes dead in bird flu outbreak

(Newser) - A bird flu outbreak in northern Israel has killed at least 5,200 migratory cranes and forced farmers to slaughter hundreds of thousands of chickens as authorities try to contain what they say is the deadliest wildlife disaster in the nation's history. Uri Naveh, a senior scientist at the...

Researchers Say a Shot Might Prevent Lyme Disease

Lyme PrEP is currently in clinical trials

(Newser) - Lyme disease is becoming more and more common. Once a rare affliction found in just a few parts of the US, mainly in the Northeast and Great Lakes, it has now turned up in all 50 states. The ticks that carry it have spread farther south and west. Scientists have...

In This Nation, a 'Fearsome Intruder' Is Surging

Australia slammed with a spike of flesh-eating Buruli ulcers

(Newser) - Australia has been hit with a spike of what the New York Times calls a "fearsome intruder," though it's not a new one. Stretching back as far as the 1940s, cases of Buruli ulcer —an infectious disease caused by the flesh-devouring Mycobacterium ulcerans bacterium, typically found...

Cluster of Cases May Signal Entirely New Brain Disease

Symptoms are similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob, doctors in New Brunswick, Canada, are stumped

(Newser) - Doctors in Canada may be dealing with an entirely new brain disease that's specific to one part of their country. A cluster of 43 cases is under investigation in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, reports the Guardian . Symptoms are similar to well-known "prion diseases" such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob,...

Tasmanian Devils May Survive Contagious Cancer After All
Tasmanian Devils Get Good
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Tasmanian Devils Get Good News on Cancer Front

Gruesome facial cancer 'might eventually go extinct'

(Newser) - A new study is offering hope for Tasmanian devils, an endangered species battling a contagious cancer. Devil facial tumor disease is a nasty condition causing deep mouth sores that eventually lead to starvation. Since it was first discovered in 1996, researchers have feared the disease would prompt the extinction of...

Factory Leaks Disease That Afflicts Thousands

In Lanzhou, China, at least 3.2K have tested positive

(Newser) - A Chinese pharmaceutical factory has apparently leaked an illness into the air and infected thousands of people, Global News reports. Chinese officials say the factory was producing vaccines for animals with brucellosis—also known as Malta fever or Mediterranean fever—when bacteria vented out and infected at least 3,245...

Antibody Findings Encourage Scientists

Levels decline but could still be enough, scientists say

(Newser) - New research has scientists more hopeful that lingering antibodies will help COVID-19 patients—even those who had only mild cases—fight off future coronavirus infections. The studies show that months after recovering, patients have antibodies in their blood still able to defeat the virus, the New York Times reports. "...

World's Deadliest Virus Found in Viking Remains
Vikings Had Early Version
of the 'Deadliest Virus'
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Vikings Had Early Version of the 'Deadliest Virus'

Turns out smallpox dates back at least 1,400 years

(Newser) - Those Vikings just keep making history. Not only did they settle North America and have female warriors , they apparently suffered from an early kind of smallpox—the disease the killed off hundreds of millions of people in the 20th century, the New York Times reports. The now-extinct strain turned up...

Rabbits Have Their Own Virus to Worry About
Rabbits Dropping
Dead From
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Sturdy' Disease
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Rabbits Dropping Dead From 'Extraordinarily Sturdy' Disease

Strain of rabbit hemorrhagic disease is killing bunnies off in western North America

(Newser) - As humanity contends with the coronavirus, rabbits have a disease of their own to worry about. Earlier this month, California's Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed a "highly contagious and lethal" sickness in its wild rabbit population—and that's not the only state that's getting hit....

The Death Toll Rises
The Death Toll Rises

The Death Toll Rises

The coronavirus has now killed 259 and infected over 11K in China

(Newser) - China’s death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for "domestic outbreak control" if the disease spreads in their countries, the AP reports. The number of confirmed cases in China rose to 11,...

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice STD Numbers, America

CDC: Gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia on the rise in the US for 5th year in a row

(Newser) - A big number out of the CDC on Tuesday, and it's not a good one: The health protection agency says there were 2.4 million infections diagnosed and reported from three sexually transmitted diseases in 2018, the "most cases" ever documented in a one-year span, per a CDC...

Sia Reveals She Has 'Demoralizing' Disease

Singer says she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic illness leaving her in 'chronic pain'

(Newser) - Sia Furler, the reclusive singer known for performing without even her face showing , has just given fans an unusually forthcoming look into some personal news, via what E! News calls a "heartfelt message" online. In a tweet Friday afternoon, the 43-year-old announced she's been living in "chronic...

This Country's Dogs Are Dying, and No One Knows Why

Authorities in Norway are baffled on the cause of the dozens of dead and sick canines

(Newser) - Norwegian authorities haven't been able to detect the cause behind an unexplained disease that's estimated to have killed dozens of dogs in the country in recent days, officials said Saturday. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority says it had been informed of another six cases of dogs falling ill,...

Ebola Outbreak: Now It's a Global Emergency

WHO makes the announcement after virus hits city of 2M

(Newser) - The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday after the virus spread this week to a city of two million people, the AP reports. A WHO expert committee had declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations...

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