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Texas A&M hosts conference to educate health professionals on infectious diseases threatening Texas

The Texas A&M Health Science Center is hosting the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Impacting Texas conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, to provide physicians and other health professionals with the knowledge necessary to identify and treat infectious diseases.

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4 Things you didn’t know about Meningitis

Most people are familiar with the telltale signs of meningitis – a headache and stiff neck – but little else. To brush up on our knowledge about this potentially deadly disease, we sat down with Dr. Cristie Columbus, who shares information about the different strains and people most at risk.

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Airplane or giant germ-mobile: How to avoid travel germs

Traveling isn’t always fun, especially during cold and flu season, but sometimes it’s necessary. While a plastic bubble and a personal supply of oxygen may seem like the only way to keep those germs away, Cristie Columbus, M.D., vice dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Dallas and an infectious disease specialist, offers some tactics to avoid catching anything in-flight.

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Gerald Parker, Ph.D.

Parker to address biodefense preparedness at international meeting in Korea

Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D., vice president for public health preparedness and response at Texas A&M Health Science Center and principal investigator of the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, will serve as the keynote speaker on February 10 at an international symposium to commemorate the establishment of the Biodefense Research Institute at Korea University.

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Fast Facts: Measles comeback: What you should know

We sat down with Scott Lillibridge, a physician and public health expert at Texas A&M Health Science Center, to find out more about how measles spreads and how it can be prevented.

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Fear measles, not the truth

Fear measles, not the truth

Last year marked the beginning of the worst measles outbreak in two decades for the United States. The preventable disease once thought to be eradicated from U.S. soil has many people wondering how something like this could have happened.

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Parker appointed to Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense

Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D., vice president for public health preparedness and response at Texas A&M Health Science Center, was recently appointed to serve as an ex officio member of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense.

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Carolyn Cannon, M.D., Ph.D., pediatric pulmonologist and associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine

Wielding Nature’s Sword: Researchers at Texas A&M discover new treatments against drug-resistant infections

Since World War II, antibiotics have been our only defense against bacterial infection, but overuse and misuse have caused some bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics. Now, researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center have discovered an entirely new class of antimicrobials that have the potential to kill drug-resistant bacteria.

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Fast Facts: Anthrax 101

Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by a bacteria that can lie dormant in soil for decades. While anthrax occurs most often in humans handling animals (or animal products) infected with the bacteria, there have been several instances of anthrax being used as a bioterror agent. There has been a lull in anthrax coverage in recent years, but it remains an extremely dangerous bioterrorism weapon that should remain top of mind.

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