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Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Every day, people use the internet to seek and share health information. This opens up exciting new ways for scientists to study the health of a population, an approach known as digital epidemiology.

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things, like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare for an exam.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to CDC, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014. At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium(also known as “Crypto”) linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare failed to investigate suspicious infection reports from 96 hospitals

Medicare failed to investigate suspicious infection reports from 96 hospitals

Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Medicare officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office.

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Suspected case of a rare disease linked to raccoon roundworms

Suspected case of a rare disease linked to raccoon roundworms

Health experts suspect that a King County toddler may have contracted a very rare disease associated with accidental ingestion of eggs of the roundworm Baylisascaris found in dirt or other materials that have been contaminated by raccoon droppings.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Health officials in Minnesota are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened primarily Somali-American children. Officials have identified 34 cases as of Wednesday, and they’re worried there will be more.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of malaria cases. In 2015 214 million people across the world were infected with malaria leading to about 430 000 deaths. Of these, 90% occurred in Africa.

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Three people in King County recently got sick with hantavirus, so Public Health – Seattle & King County wants to remind the public that deer mice in the area can carry the virus. That’s why health officials are urging people who live in areas where deer mice are found to inspect their cars for signs of rodents, and if they find any, to disinfect and remove droppings or nesting materials.

April 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika virus 101 – A video primer from the CDC

Zika virus 101 – A video primer from the CDC

The Zika virus is another wild card dealt to us by nature. It was first discovered in 1947, but only recently grew into one of the newest global health threats, primarily for pregnant women and their unborn children.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
How the Trump budget undercuts security risks posed by pandemics – viewpoint

How the Trump budget undercuts security risks posed by pandemics – viewpoint

The way the military protects America’s welfare is straightforward. The way that other U.S. agencies prevent pandemics is less understood.

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More