The Characteristics of Coronaviruses

The Characteristics of Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause diseases in mammalian, avian, and reptilian species. Note that some species such as bats serve as mere reservoirs of these viruses without causing symptoms associated with an infection. In humans, some of these viruses can cause respiratory tract infections with varying severity ranging from mild illnesses […]

Facts: 2019-nCoV is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon from China

Here’s Why SARS-CoV-2 is NOT a Lab-Made Bioweapon from China

A report published by The Washington Times made a case for linking the 2019 novel coronavirus or SARS-COV-2, previously known as 2019-nCoV, to a Chinese covert biological weapons program, thereby suggesting that the Wuhan outbreak originated from a laboratory accident. Arguments for Linking the Novel Coronavirus to a Bioweapons Program The evidence? A rebroadcasted television […]

Fast Facts: The SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Outbreak

Fast Facts: The SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Outbreak

SARS-CoV-2, previously known as the 2019-nCoV, is the name for a particular type of virus and a more specific type of coronavirus first reported to affect a cluster of people in Wuhan City, China in late 2019 and has been the particular pathogen behind the 2019-2020 COVID-19 outbreak. What is the Novel Coronavirus? Where did […]

Why Tobacco Smoking Can Lead to Impotence

Why Tobacco Smoking Can Lead to Impotence

There is an undeniable link between tobacco smoking and impotence or erectile dysfunction. Of course, impotence can also be caused by a range of physical and psychological factors. But researchers and health experts have also concluded smoking as a risk factor. Separate studies from S. G. Korenman and I. Peate revealed that the incidence of […]

Health At Every Size: The 5 Principles of HAES

Health At Every Size: The 5 Principles of HAES

The Association for Size Diversity and Health or ASDAH has developed and promoted the Health At Every Size or HAES approach as a central element of its advocacy to end discrimination and stigma related to weight, lessen the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness, and promote acceptance of diverse weights and sizes. Originally developed […]

WHO: Three Dimensions of Burnout

WHO: Three Dimensions of Burnout

The World Health Organization or WHO included burnout in the 2019 iteration of its International Classification of Diseases or IDC-11. It specifically defined the condition as a phenomenon applied in an occupation context, and thus, a syndrome conceptualized resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Note that the organization limited the […]

Criteria for Defining Hospital-Acquired Infection

Criteria for Defining Hospital-Acquired Infection

A hospital-acquired infection or HAI is essentially an infection acquired by an individual from a hospital or other health care facilities such as outpatient clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and other clinical settings, among others. Note that HAI is also known as nosocomial infection. The term “nosocomial” directly means “originating in a hospital.” Moreover, several […]

Brief: Why Is Carbon Monoxide Poisonous?

Brief: Why Is Carbon Monoxide Poisonous?

Toxic chemicals or substances have specific properties and/or traits that make them harmful to the human body or other species. In the case of carbon monoxide, its poisonous attribute has something to do with how it reacts to hemoglobin—a protein in the red blood cells of almost all vertebrates responsible for transporting oxygen to tissues […]

Difference Between Epidemic and Pandemic

Difference Between Epidemic and Pandemic

Epidemic and pandemic are two terminologies generally used to describe the spread of a particular communicable or non-communicable disease within a given population and geographic location over a short period. However, it is important to note that the specific uses of these two, and thus, their meanings are different. What is the Difference Between an […]

The Five Major Factors of Acne

The Five Major Factors of Acne

Acne or acne vulgaris is a skin condition generally characterized by the clogging of hair follicles with dead skin cells and sebum or oil. Specific characteristics include the appearance of whiteheads or blackheads, inflammation due to pimples, and in some cases, scarring. Treating or preventing acne requires understanding its causes. Note that the interplay of […]