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Helen Branswell is STAT’s infectious diseases and public health reporter.
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Health Sep 29Do flu shots still work?
Are flu shots worth the bother? Influenza vaccine experts to break down what we’ve learned lately about the remedies.
Health Sep 21UN leaders to put superbugs on world stage
Heads of state will gather this week to address perhaps the biggest health threat the world faces: the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics and superbugs.
Health Sep 12Hillary Clinton, and what you need to know about pneumonia
Here’s what you need to know about pneumonia.
Science Aug 27Genetically modified mosquitoes have wide support in Florida
Most people in Florida — the first US state to experience local spread of the Zika virus — favor the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to combat spread of the virus, a new poll suggests.
Health Aug 22D.A. Henderson, who led successful effort to eradicate smallpox, dies
Henderson, a few weeks shy of his 88th birthday, died late Friday of complications that arose after he recently fractured a hip.
Health Aug 19Zika virus may now be spreading in Miami Beach
Late Thursday afternoon health authorities were working to finalize the area that would be covered by a new travel advisory for Zika virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health Aug 09Big pharmaceutical companies reluctant to produce Zika vaccine
The bulk of the work is being done by U.S. and Brazilian government research teams and smaller biotech companies. That matters: Small biotechs generally lack the money and expertise to take an experimental vaccine from the idea stage to a…
Health Jul 16Gonorrhea may soon become resistant to all antibiotics and untreatable
The Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria may be developing resistance to the only two antibiotics left that can cure the sexually transmitted disease.
Health Jun 18Zika virus spreading rapidly across Puerto Rico
There are alarming signs the Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Health Jun 16Three U.S. infants have been born with Zika-related birth defects, CDC says
Three other pregnancies in the U.S. have also been affected by Zika infections, but they were not carried to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.