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Category: Diseases

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New Research Drills Into History of Cavities

In two new studies, scientists analyzed teeth extracted from ancient skeletons in order to learn more about one of our most enduring health problems: cavities.

Remains of victims of Plague of Cyprian, discovered in the funeral complex of Harwa and Akhimenru (Credit: N. Cijan/ Associazione Culturale per lo Studio dellEgitto e del Sudan ONLUS)

Ancient Plague Victims Found in Egypt

Archeologists in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes have uncovered the victims of an infamous plague, which one writer at the time saw as a sign that the world was ending.

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Scientists Decode Genome of Deadly Tsetse Fly

After a decade-long effort, an international team of scientists has cracked the genetic code of the tsetse fly, the bloodsucking insect that spreads African sleeping sickness.

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Medieval “Black Death” Was Airborne, Scientists Say

Skeletons buried deep beneath a square in London yield new information about how one of history’s deadliest plagues spread through 14th-century Britain.

Photo depicting sternum of Amara West skeleton with cancerous bone lesions. (Credit: British Museum)

3,200-Year-Old Skeleton is Oldest Known Case of Human Cancer

British researchers have found the earliest known case of human metastatic cancer in the skeleton of a young man who died around 1200 B.C. in ancient Egypt.

Slides from the US 1918 Flu Pandemic (Credit: Karen Kasmauski/Science Faction/Corbis)

China Epicenter of 1918 Flu Pandemic, Historian Says

According to new research by a Canadian historian, the 1918 flu outbreak that killed 50 million people originated in China.

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Ancient Teeth Help Scientists Decode Plague

Though caused by the same pathogen, the deadly Plague of Justinian appears to have emerged separately from later plagues such as the Black Death.

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Outbreak of Bubonic Plague Hits Madagascar Village

Medical experts in Madagascar have confirmed that an outbreak of bubonic plague killed at least 20 people in a remote village there last week.

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When Early Humans Left Africa, Tuberculosis Traveled With Them

New research indicates that tuberculosis bacteria originated with early humans some 70,000 years ago, before they migrated from their African homeland.

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Was Richard III Riddled With Roundworms?

Scientists have discovered evidence that the medieval monarch suffered from a parasitic infection.