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Helen Branswell is STAT’s infectious diseases and public health reporter.
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Science Dec 263 global health challenges to watch in 2019
Will the U.S. get a licensed dengue vaccine? Will Sanofi pocket a coveted prize?…
Science Dec 16Flu vaccinations rise sharply in both children and adults
The increase in early vaccination may be due to fresh memories of how bad last winter was, but other factors may also be at play.
Health Oct 20An Ebola outbreak presents a new mystery involving children
The disproportionate number of recent infections among children in the Democratic Republic of Congo — specifically in Beni, the outbreak’s current hot spot — has come as a surprise; typically young children don’t make up a big proportion of cases…
Health Oct 06Flu season is coming. If you live in a large city, it may stretch longer than elsewhere, study says
The length of the flu season may vary depending on where you live, with large cities enduring longer periods of transmission and smaller cities experiencing shorter, but more explosive, spread, a new study suggests…
Health Sep 29The end of HIV transmission in the U.S.: A once-unthinkable dream becomes an openly discussed goal
The struggle against HIV may be undergoing a sea change.
Health Sep 22Puppies are making people sick — and it’s people’s fault
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have infected more than 100 people and that have been linked to pet store puppies appear to have spread at least in part because healthy dogs were given antibiotics — a decision that all but surely fostered…
Science Aug 24Russian bots tried to sow discord over vaccines during the 2016 election, study finds
An analysis of Twitter accounts previously identified as having been operated by Russian bots and trolls found they dove into the vaccine debate as early as January 2015…
Science Jul 28New Ebola species is reported for first time in a decade
The family of Ebola viruses has just gotten a bit bigger. The government of Sierra Leone has announced that a new species of Ebola, the sixth, has been discovered there in bats.
World Jun 23Health officials cautiously optimistic dangerous Ebola outbreak is over
Transmission of the deadly virus appears to have stopped — though it is not yet time to pull back on the response operation.
Health Mar 10Flu vaccine grown without eggs provided measurably better protection this season, FDA says
The sole influenza vaccine made in cell culture in the United States may have worked about 20 percent better this flu season than the standard vaccines made in eggs, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday.