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Health Dec 01Flu season arrives early and may peak during the holidays
If you have been planning to get a flu shot but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, the time to act is now — especially if you hope to be healthy at Christmas.
Health Sep 09Third dose of mumps vaccine could help stop outbreaks, researchers say
The findings come as health officials confront large and protracted mumps epidemics that have become more common around the country.
Health Jul 07Brenda Fitzgerald named new CDC director
Georgia’s public health commissioner, Brenda Fitzgerald, will succeed Dr. Tom Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health Jun 10‘Part of the new reality’: Despite confusion, Zika warnings are here to stay
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn women who are pregnant to avoid traveling to wide swathes of Latin America and the Caribbean.
World Jun 09Polio outbreak reported in Syria
An outbreak of vaccine-related polio cases has been reported in war-torn Syria, the World Health Organization announced Thursday — another hurdle for a nearly 30-year eradication effort that has seen more than its share of setbacks.
Health May 24Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus becomes the first African director-general of the World Health Organization
Ethiopia’s former health minister -- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus -- has been elected to serve as the next director-general of the World Health Organization — the first African picked to lead the global health agency.
World May 13Ebola outbreak reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo
To date there have been nine suspected cases of Ebola, three of whom have died, according to local authorities. The first case dates back to April 22.
Health Apr 08This community has slipped through the cracks of the U.S. health care system
Thousands of people in this northwestern corner of Arkansas, many of them working poor, are from a faraway constellation of islands. In all but the fewest cases they will never be able to qualify for Medicaid or Medicare under current…
Health Jan 17A stealthy superbug appears to be spreading in U.S. hospitals, study finds
A new study suggests a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbug may be evading disease surveillance.
Health Jan 13A superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the U.S. kills Nevada woman
Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection.