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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

Zika Virus And Climate Change: 4 Things To Know

The “explosive spread” of Zika virus throughout the Americas and Caribbean islands may seem like an anomaly, but it’s actually just the latest in a number of mosquito-borne illness that have spread beyond their endemic areas in recent years. Scientists have already established a link between climate change and the spread of tropical diseases such … 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

‘Moderate’ John Kasich Is About To Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the so-called “moderate” in the Republican presidential primary race, confirmed on Wednesday that he will sign into law an extreme new piece of legislation that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood clinics statewide by denying state and federal grants to “organizations that provide or advocate for abortion care, are affiliated with organizations that … Continue reading

The Latest News On Zika Virus: 5 Things To Know

With concerns about Zika virus mounting, President Obama requested $1.8 billion in emergency funds Monday to help combat the disease, which has now spread to more than two-dozen countries, mainly in the Americas and Caribbean islands. The emergency funding request comes just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that their command center … Continue reading

Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

The Science Of Weight Loss: When It Comes To Exercise, More May Not Be Better

More might be less when it comes to exercise, according to a new study that shows there is a limit to how many calories we can burn through physical activity. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, found that our bodies stop burning extra calories beyond a certain threshold of activity, providing a scientific … Continue reading

Poetic Justice: Grand Jury Investigating Planned Parenthood Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Instead

A Texas grand jury tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood wrapped up on Monday by issuing several indictments — not to the women’s healthcare provider, but to two of the anti-abortion activists who prompted the investigation in the first place. The Harris County District Attorney’s office in Houston, Texas, announced late Monday that Planned Parenthood had … Continue reading

Most Americans Want Safer Guns – So Why Is The Gun Lobby Getting In The Way?

The majority of Americans are in favor of making safety-enhancing design changes to firearms, according to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings, which are consistent with other recent survey results, reflect the growing national interest in using technology to reduce the toll of gun violence, … Continue reading

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