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Aug 7, 2023

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea in the 1950s and 60s it was noticed that people (mostly women) of the Fore tribe were dying of what was originally thought to be a genetic disorder since it happened among family members.

The disease stole away the affected person’s ability to talk, walk and eat and to eventually...

Jul 12, 2023

People who are regular cannabis users are at an increased risk of experiencing complications  after surgery, according to a study by researchers with UTHealth Houston.

The study was published in a recent issue of JAMA Surgery.

Joining me to talk about cannabis use disorder and the findings of the study is Paul Potnuru,...

Jul 8, 2023

7 locally transmitted malaria cases have been reported in the US (Texas and Florida), a first in quite a few years.

The species of malaria has been identified as Plasmodium vivax, one of 5 plasmodium species that can infect humans.

What is malaria?, what is Plasmodium vivax?, how important is this transmission and how...

Jun 30, 2023

Summer vacation is upon us and many Americans will be traveling domestically and internationally.

Travel can unfortunately also be linked to infectious diseases.

My guest today warns the public of five infectious diseases to keep an eye on during summer travel.

Joining me on the show is Luis Ostrosky, MD. Dr. Ostrosky...

Jun 2, 2023

The World Health Organization announced last month that The West African country of Benin has eliminated the neglected tropical disease, trachoma as a public health problem.

Benin is the fifth country in WHO’s African Region and one of 17 countries in the world to have eliminated trachoma as a public health...