Humanity throughout its existence is constantly struggling with new dangerous diseases. In the Middle Ages, a pandemic of the plague – the “black death” – in Europe claimed the lives of a third of the population – 25 million people. Epidemics of smallpox, typhoid, and cholera fell on people. Scientists have learned to cope with all these misfortunes. But nature does not tolerate emptiness: in the 20th century a new threat to man manifests itself – AIDS. It is impossible to say that medicine defeated this most dangerous disease: while AIDS is incurable, drugs have been created that can support the lives of those infected at an acceptable level. The 21st century was marked by epidemics of bird and swine flu, Ebola. Continue reading
“Do not go without a hat, you will chill your head, you will get sick with meningitis,” the mothers of the children scare. Where did the myth come from that the cause of meningitis is hypothermia of the head? The only explanation is that if the head is frozen, the defenses may weaken and will not be able to effectively fight the infection (and meningitis is an infectious disease).
What is meningitis
Meningitis is an infectious inflammatory disease in which the soft membranes of the brain and spinal cord are affected. Both adults and children are ill with them. Meningitis can be primary, when the brain is immediately affected, and secondary, as a complication of other diseases, such as otitis media, measles, Continue reading