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5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

A Mysterious Bacterial Infection Is Killing People In The Midwest

A mysterious blood infection that has killed 17 people in Wisconsin over the past four months has now been linked to the death of a Michigan resident, raising the stakes for medical investigators who are scrambling to trace the source of the outbreak. Since November, at least 54 people in Wisconsin have fallen seriously ill … Continue reading

STUDY: Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles The Risk Of Preterm Birth

Women who experience any form of domestic violence during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new meta-analysis that adds to the evidence linking intimate partner violence to a range of adverse health consequences. Researchers from the University of Iowa … Continue reading

Zika And Emerging Viral Epidemics: When, Where, And Why They Strike

The US looks to be on the brink of a new viral epidemic, as a virus that did not even exist in the region a year ago is now among the top concern of infectious disease specialists across the Western Hemisphere. Zika virus, transmitted primarily by the bites of Aedes mosquitoes, has been found across … Continue reading

Scientists Discover New Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease

Scientists have discovered a new Lyme disease-causing bacteria in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms than its more familiar predecessor. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States, affecting more than 300,000 Americans each year. Until now, only one species of bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was thought … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

Gun Deaths Have Now Surpassed Motor Vehicle Deaths In 21 States (And Counting)

Gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in 21 states plus the District of Columbia in 2014, according to a new analysis of U.S. mortality data. The Violence Policy Center, a non-partisan gun violence research group, has found in past reports that traffic fatalities have been steadily falling due to effective regulation, such as safety prevention … Continue reading

Ebola Returns To Liberia Months After Country Was Declared Ebola-Free

Three new cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia on Thursday, more than two months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the country free of the deadly virus. The return of Ebola to Liberia marks a major setback in the fight against the disease, raising serious concerns that Ebola will remain a perpetual threat in the West African … Continue reading

Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

BREAKING: Brazilian Man Who Traveled To Guinea Suspected Of Having Ebola

The Brazilian Health Ministry announced Wednesday that it is investigating a suspected case of Ebola involving a 46-year-old man who began showing symptoms of the deadly virus two days after returning from the West African nation of Guinea. The patient, whose identity was not released, arrived in Brazil on Nov. 6 after visiting Guinea, one … Continue reading

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