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Month: April 2015
Health Risks of Black Henna Tattoos
The Florida Health Department is issuing advisory against the use of Black Henna tattoos, with the onset of spring break season, according to the Outbreak News blog. Henna is not naturally black in color, and is usually a reddish powder that turns brown when water is added and it is allowed to stand for a … Continue reading Health Risks of Black Henna Tattoos
Anthony Fauci: Ebola Virus Not Showing Accelerated Evolution
One of my modern day medical idols is Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the lead editors of the two-volume Bible of Internal Medicine, "Harrison's Internal Medicine", and also the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In an NIH News piece he has commented:“The Ebola virus in the ongoing West African outbreak … Continue reading Anthony Fauci: Ebola Virus Not Showing Accelerated Evolution
Novel Zoonotic Orthopoxvirus in Georgia
According to a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a novel zoonotic orthopoxvirus caused lesions in two men in the country of Georgia. Another sample, tested retrospectively after being stored for suspected Anthrax, also turned out to be positive for this new pox virus.The article abstract states:During 2013, cutaneous lesions developed … Continue reading Novel Zoonotic Orthopoxvirus in Georgia
New Species Behind Leprosy?
There have been discussions on the role of a novel species of Mycobacterium, M. lepromatosis, in the causation of Leprosy for a long time now. In 2008, Han and colleagues (1) found the novel bacterium as the causative organism behind diffuse lepromatous leprosy. A new paper (2) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy … Continue reading New Species Behind Leprosy?