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Children in Mali (and many other regions where malaria is common) are infected with malaria parasites more than 100 times a year, but they get sick with malaria fever only a few times.
Malaria-related complications remain a major cause of death for children in many parts of the world.
When cannibals ate brains of people who died from prion disease, many of them fell ill with the fatal neurodegenerative disease as well.
A combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors is believed to cause autoimmune (type 1) diabetes.
Newborns are more susceptible to infections, presumably because of their immature and inexperienced immune systems.
A genetic mechanism that controls the production of a large spike-like protein on the surface of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria alters the ability of the bacteria to form clumps and to cause disease.
Viruses mutate fast, which means they can quickly become resistant to anti-viral drugs.
HIV infection has many unhealthy consequences on the body, but in particular it messes up the gut.
Currently approved flu vaccines are less effective in the elderly, yet an estimated 90% of influenza-related deaths occur in people over 65.
Schistosoma mansoni and its close relatives are parasitic flatworms that affect millions worldwide and kill an estimated 250,000 people a year.
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