Disease

Finally, Clothing Designed to Stop the Spread of Germs on Public Transit

Antimicrobial elbow patches, jackets with high collars, pole gloves — it's all here.

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The World's Fight Against Polio, in 1 GIF

India is almost "polio-free."

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It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

HIV Is Still Very Concentrated in America's Cities

Ninety-two percent of new diagnoses occur in just a quarter of U.S. counties, and most of them are urban.

Why Dengue and Yellow Fever Could Be Coming to a City Near You

Blame climate change, and the pesky Ardes aegypti mosquito.

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Cities Might Not Be as Prepared as They Think for a Bioterrorism Attack

Smallpox maliciously released in London would spread to several countries before governments could intervene, a new model predicts.

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Want to Avoid Scotland's Pesky Insect Hordes? There's an App for That

With "Midge Forecast," Scots can safely navigate their way around clouds of teensy biting flies.

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Nearly Half of All American AIDS Cases Are Found in Just 12 Metropolitan Areas

The HIV scourge continues to disproportionately affect poor urban areas.

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Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.

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Anxiety, Traditional Medicine, and Plenty of Purell: Beijing Watches and Waits for Bird Flu

"From day one we were getting a lot of phone calls from nervous patients."

John Snow

Happy 200th Birthday to a Mapmaker Who Changed the World

John Snow mapped out cases of cholera during an infamous 1854 outbreak in London.

Dirk Brockmann

We've Been Looking at the Spread of Global Pandemics All Wrong

Redrawn maps of the world's air-transport network could change the way we track disease from city to city.

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How Flight Delays Spread From Airport to Airport Like a Disease

Air travel congestion can quickly spread from a few cities to a whole network.

How This Year's Flu Managed to Outsmart Google

Scientific hindsight shows that Google Flu Trends far overstated this year's flu season, raising questions about accuracy.

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Why We Need More Research Into Cycling and Brain Science

Riding a bike may have special benefits that other exercise modes don’t, but we just don't know enough about it.

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What's Behind the Rise of Diabetes in Young Children in Philadelphia?

New research shows a startling prevalence of the disease among children younger than 5.

Unless You Live in Takoma Park, Beverly Hills, or Reno, You're Probably Going to Get the Flu

Google knows.

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Forecasting Flu Outbreaks on a City-By-City Basis

Researchers looking into New York City's flu rates think they may be able to predict local pandemics seven weeks before they happen.

Danielle van Lunteren

High-Fashion Bags Inspired by Third World Filth

Danielle van Lunteren's "Infected" bags spread pestilence into the ultra-clean cities of the Netherlands.