Balancing Act: Study Reveals Maternal Vaccination’s Dual Role in Protecting Newborns and Influencing Infant Immunity Dynamics

Prior to large scale immunization programs introduced in the 1940s, pertussis, or whooping cough, was a leading cause of childhood mortality. Despite this, pertussis has experienced a resurgence in recent decades, the cause for which remains a contested subject. One hypothesis suggests that immunological blunting—where maternally transferred antibodies potentially interfere […]

Extreme Heat Hurts Monarchs and Their Parasites

Monarch butterflies in North America are plagued by a debilitating protozoan parasite. A new study from the University of Georgia showed that constant exposure to high temperatures severely limits parasite development and also lowers monarch survival. The findings, recently published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, have implications […]

Rising Risk: Study Shows Alarming Increase in Parasite Prevalence in U.S. Wild Pigs

The expansion of wild pig populations in the United States threatens increased agricultural damage, disruption of fragile ecosystems, and the transmission of disease to livestock and human populations. Wild pigs are highly adaptable animals that reproduce quickly, and their distribution is spreading rapidly. This expanding range necessitates greater surveillance and […]

Examining Predictive Malaria Dynamics Factors at the Local Level

Measures to control malaria have created significant progress in addressing disease spread across many countries in the past few decades. Between 2001 and 2013, there has been a 47% decrease in malaria mortality rates globally, but despite this improvement, countries with limited healthcare resources and access often struggle with malaria […]

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