Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ultraviolet light and disease 

 Here is a discussion of some possible reasons for winter being the "flu season". The author writes "in tropical climates, there tends to be extremely low incidences of flu and certainly no true “flu season”."

UV and pneumococcal disease in Philadelphia.

Forrest Mims for example has drawn attention to the possibility that smoke haze in south east Asia could favour the spread of bird flu by reducing ultraviolet B levels.

Some other references on this general topic.

Critique of Mims.

UVB and marine viruses.

"UV Aid"

Sunscreen from underwater bacteria.

And see discussion with Denis O'Dea on facebook.


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