Measles cases in the U.S. have hit a record high — 1,172 cases so far.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the U.S. has seen 1,172 measles cases so far in 2019.
- New York, Michigan, and Washington State have been hit especially hard by the virus this year.
- The majority of infected people were unvaccinated.
A new study has identified 12 times as many viral populations as previous research.
- New research suggests that there are nearly 200,000 different viral populations in the ocean.
- Surprisingly, the Arctic appears to be a viral hotspot.
- Viruses play an important role in the ocean's food chain and carbon cycle, making research such as this potentially valuable to future climate change work.
A NASA-led study suggests the stress of spaceflight seems to trigger various types of herpes to reactivate in astronauts.
- The study examined saliva, blood and urine obtained from astronauts who went on short- and long-term space missions.
- The results showed that virus reactivation rates in these astronauts were much higher than controls.
- Spaceflight seems to weaken the immune system, enabling these once-dormant viruses to reactivate and potentially cause serious health problems.
A bill in New York would let older kids get vaccinations against their parents' wishes.
- Teens 14 and older should be able to get vaccinated on their own, says a new bill in New York.
- Lawmakers were inspired by Ethan Lindenberger, an Ohio teen who fought to take vaccines against his mom's wishes.
- Anti-vaccination attitudes have been blamed for recent measles outbreaks.
- CDC estimates say that 154 million antibiotic prescriptions are given out each year, 30 percent of which are unnecessary.
- The overuse of antibiotics have led to the rise of nigh-untreatable superbugs.
- Phage therapy offers a promising new way to overcome antibiotic resistance, but it also comes with its own risks and challenges.