Lyme disease is among the most contentious of topics in health and medicine. How did a bacterial infection turn into one of the the most controversial and virulent medico-political battles in medical...

Diphyllobothrium latum and related species (the fish or broad tapeworm) are the largest known tapeworms that can infect people, can grow up to 35 feet long. In the latest installment of the Parasites...

A study, originally published in January in the journal, PLoS One, looked at the differences in geographical distribution of Lyme disease. Researchers suggests that under environmentally-realistic...

Every year around this time we start to see reports of swimmer’s itch around the country. Common lore in the media is that this is caused by “duck fleas” in freshwater and ‘sea...

Here in the state of Florida, dozens of confirmed cases of the bacterial infection caused by Vibrio vulnificus occur annually, along with dozens more in the other Gulf states. My guest, Infectious Disease...

Everything in life carries some risk it seems and this includes becoming an inpatient in a hospital. There are a number of risks associated with hospitals and one is acquiring infections–Hospitals...

An anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and well in the US and abroad. This is not a new phenomena, but it has seen a resurgence in the past 20 odd years.  What are the arguments, who are the cast of characters...

The modern lifestyle of those in the developed world and  it’s emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, is taking a toll on children’s lifelong health–Kids not being exposed to good microbes, the...

Just in the past week, I reported on cyclospora outbreaks in Ontario, Canada and Texas and an increase in cases in New York City on this website. Parasitologist and author of the book, Parasites: Tales...

In 1980, 890 cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) were reported and nine out of 10 cases were associated with menstruation and linked to the use of higher absorbency tampons. Today, TSS is relatively rare,...