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A new test is the best-to-date in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses. The antibody-based assay, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley and Humabs BioMed, a private biotechnology company, is a simple, more...
Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale. The study used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to insert and more...
An aging work force and decelerating population growth could plunge the world's economic potential 20 percent over the next several decades, according to a new study from the Berkeley Forum on Aging and the Global Economy (BerkeleyAGE).  The study more...
Ambient air pollution contributes to more than a million preventable deaths annually in China, and burning coal is by far the biggest contributor to air pollution. But one possible solution proposed by the Chinese government—synthesizing cleaner- more...
Many international travelers to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, openly considered skipping the games to avoid the threat of Zika. Despite the fears, not a single case of Zika or its major neurological complication, microcephaly, more...
Led by researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, a study recently published in the European Journal of Immunology examines the effects of influenza and dengue virus co-infection in mice. The study found that co-infection increases more...
Parasite-carrying snails can travel long distances, spreading a deadly disease along the way, according to new research led by UC Berkeley. The study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance movements—as far as 30 miles—among snails more...
Experts at UCSF and UC Berkeley are teaming up to evaluate an m-health intervention designed to improve health care and nutrition for mothers and babies in India, with a 2-year, $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. more...
In many parts of the world, food insecurity and hunger overlap with the HIV epidemic. To learn more about the effects of food insecurity on HIV treatment and care, Sandra McCoy, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of more...
UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley researchers have mapped out how the Zika virus infects the developing fetus, and have found an antibiotic that blocks these routes of infection, at least in human tissue culture and placental explants. While this more...
Beijing and smog
China’s plans to curb Beijing’s health-damaging air pollution by focusing on restricting emissions from power plants and vehicles may have limited impact if household use of coal and other dirty fuels is not also curtailed, according to a new study more...
Map of Kenya
Street children and youth are a vulnerable and often stigmatized group at risk for many negative health outcomes. Despite being disproportionately affected by the HIV pandemic, they have been generally neglected in HIV prevention research. Colette more...
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a key culprit responsible for the fluid loss and resulting shock that are the hallmark of severe—and potentially fatal—dengue virus infections.  A team of researchers led by more...
A recent study by health economists examined the economic impact of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in sub-Saharan Africa. The findings, published in the June issue of Health Affairs, were that PEPFAR funding was associated more...
A large meta-analysis of 12 studies in sub-Saharan Africa found that women who used a type of injectable birth control had a moderately increased risk of becoming infected with HIV. The analysis was conducted by UC Berkeley School of Public Health more...

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