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Part of the Series: Rx for Survival

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Before there was an understanding of infectious disease, few weapons were available to fight it. Disease Warriors chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis…
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Delivering the Goods
At the dawn of the 21st century, we can prevent, treat or cure most of the deadliest diseases known to humankind -- and yet millions die needlessly every year because…
Deadly Messengers
Since the plague killed millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages, vector-borne diseases -- those that rely on insects and animals to spread infectious agents -- have posed a serious…
Back to the Basics
Ever since sailors noticed that scurvy could be prevented with citrus fruits, it has been clear that illness could be caused by a lack of certain nutrients. While nutrient-enriched products…
How Safe Are We?
During the past 100 years, life expectancy more than doubled in developed countries. In the last few decades, however, thirty new infectious diseases have emerged and one of them --…

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