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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…MORE

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…MORE

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…MORE

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…MORE

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…MORE

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…MORE

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…MORE