Texas A&M College of Medicine’s James Samuel, Ph.D., is currently working on a vaccine for Q fever, an animal-borne bacterial infection that affects hundreds of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most people are familiar with the telltale signs of meningitis – a headache and stiff neck – but little else. To brush up on our knowledge about this potentially deadly disease, we sat down with Dr. Cristie Columbus, who shares information about the different strains and people most at risk.
Almost one out of every three individuals will develop shingles during their lifetime, according to the CDC. Shingles, otherwise known as herpes zoster, causes a painful, blistering rash that can have complications that last for months or even years afterwards. However, shingles doesn’t have to be inevitable: there is a vaccine, Zostavax, recommended for anyone over the age of 60.
Last year marked the beginning of the worst measles outbreak in two decades for the United States. The preventable disease once thought to be eradicated from U.S. soil has many people wondering how something like this could have happened.