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The battle between science and skepticism

The battle between science and skepticism

At a time when almost everything is politicized, vaccination has planted itself squarely on the national stage. On one side of the debate are parents who are rebelling against settled science and calling on states to broaden vaccine exemptions. They cite their faith or believe vaccines pose danger to their children, even though no major…

CDC to screen at three US airports for signs of new virus from China

CDC to screen at three US airports for signs of new virus from China

More than 100 staffers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are being deployed to three US airports to check passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, for fever and other symptoms of a mysterious new virus that’s killed two and infected dozens in China, the CDC announced Friday. It’s a highly unusual step. The…

A teen’s final days with the flu

A teen’s final days with the flu

On Christmas Day, 16-year-old Kaylee Roberts opened presents at her aunt’s house in suburban Cleveland, joyfully celebrating the holiday and laughing with her cousins. By New Year’s Eve, she was dead. That’s how quickly the flu can kill a young person. “She was a healthy, happy, normal 16-year-old,” said Kaylee’s uncle, Matthew Roberts. “We knew…

170 people sickened at Yosemite National Park after likely norovirus outbreak

170 people sickened at Yosemite National Park after likely norovirus outbreak

About 170 people who’ve gone to Yosemite National Park this month are suffering from gastrointestinal illness, including visitors and employees. Two of the cases are confirmed as norovirus, and the majority of the others are consistent with the virus, the park said in a statement Thursday. Most of the incidents occurred around the first week…

A second person has died from a new SARS-like virus in China

A second person has died from a new SARS-like virus in China

A second person has died in China from a new virus that has infected dozens of people and put the rest of Asia on alert, Chinese health officials said Thursday. A 69-year-old man identified only by his surname, Xiong, died on Wednesday in the central city of Wuhan in Hebei province, which is where the…

Your Fitbit could help health officials predict flu outbreaks in real-time

Your Fitbit could help health officials predict flu outbreaks in real-time

That Fitbit you’ve been wearing could be doing a lot more than tracking your trips to the store. It may help health officials stop the flu from spreading, too. Researchers working at the Scripps Research Translational Institute reviewed de-identified data from users wearing Fitbits — the company’s privacy policy allows for the potential use of…

US adults who binge drink are drinking even more, study says

US adults who binge drink are drinking even more, study says

Adults in the United States who binge drink are consuming even more alcohol per binging episode, according to a new study published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System over a six-year period and discovered that the annual number of binge drinks…

It’s OK to eat romaine lettuce again as officials declare E. coli outbreak over

It’s OK to eat romaine lettuce again as officials declare E. coli outbreak over

Caesar salad lovers rejoice — your crispy romaine lettuce leaves are OK to eat now. The nationwide, monthslong E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce ended Wednesday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration. The romaine, which came from Salinas, California, infected a total of…

Weight loss drug Belviq tied to ‘possible increased risk of cancer,’ FDA says

Weight loss drug Belviq tied to ‘possible increased risk of cancer,’ FDA says

The US Food and Drug Administration warns that prescription weight loss medicine Belviq might be associated with an increased risk of cancer. The findings were the result of a clinical trial assessing the safety of the drugs Belviq and Belviq RX, or lorcaserin, the FDA announced on Tuesday. “At this time, the cause of the…

Rich people are staying healthy for almost a decade longer than poor people

Rich people are staying healthy for almost a decade longer than poor people

Rich people live healthy, disability-free lives an average of nine years longer than less wealthy people, according to a major study that lays bare the troubling economic inequalities behind lifespans in the US and UK. Researchers analyzed data on more than 25,000 adults over 50, looking for factors that could predict how long they lived…

Less sex linked to an earlier menopause, study finds

Less sex linked to an earlier menopause, study finds

Having sex less frequently could lead to an earlier menopause, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who reported having sexual activity weekly were 28% less likely to have experienced menopause than those who had sex less than once a month. Similarly, those who had sex monthly were 19% less likely to have attained…

Climate crisis, epidemics and drug resistance among next decade’s urgent health challenges, WHO says

Climate crisis, epidemics and drug resistance among next decade’s urgent health challenges, WHO says

Climate change, infectious diseases, anti-vaxxers and antimicrobial resistance all made their way onto the World Health Organization’s list of health challenges facing the next decade. The list, published on Monday, was developed with input from experts around the world and presented “urgent, global health challenges,” according to WHO, the United Nations’ public health agency. “The…