Bird Flu May Increase Risk of Parkinson's

At least in mice, the "bird flu", known more specifically as H5N1, may make those who survive the disease more susceptible to Parkinson's Disease. Although flu is generally thought of as a disease of the body, H5N1 can move into the brain. How it gets there is subject to debate. Some researchers...

Bush Meat Can Be a Potent Source of Viruses that Cross the Species "Barrier" and Threaten Human Health

Prior posts have noted the animal origin of many diseases that adversely impact humans (e.g., measles, chicken pox, H5N1 "bird flu"); a recent devastating example, of course, is HIV. Some of these diseases, like HIV and measles, diverged from their animal progenitor such that they are independently...