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Ravaging Infectious Disease And A Muted Media

Amy Wu | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Amy Wu

The book poses questions that the public, government officials and especially the press should consider as new infectious diseases emerge. How are the stories of these diseases told within the context of the present, and what are the lasting lessons can be learned from 1918?

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Emerging Viral Threats: A Global Concern

Franco Nuschese | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Franco Nuschese

One only needs to think for a moment about SARS and HIV-AIDS and try not to shudder. It's not just about health, it's also about how it affects economies and national security. Governments cannot carry the burden of viruses and disease by themselves.

Mysterious New Virus Appears Deadlier Than SARS

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 06.20.2013 | Healthy Living

LONDON -- A mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, docto...

Lynne Peeples

Bats And Man: Our Love-Hate Relationship | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.14.2013 | Green

NEW YORK -- A projected image of baby bats swaddled in blankets earned a collective "awww" from the audience. It apparently came as a welcome reprieve...

Going Viral

Dorothy H. Crawford | Posted 08.10.2013 | Science
Dorothy H. Crawford

Viruses know nothing of sexism, ageism, racism or elitism; they just infect any susceptible person who comes their way. With viruses we must learn to expect the unexpected.

Mystery Illness Kills 2 In Alabama

AP | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in southeast Alabama, state health officials said ...

How to Avoid Avian Flu While Traveling in China

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

This might ruffle a few feathers with the tourism board, but aside from practicing proactive hygiene and other food safety measures, here are my top 10 things to avoid in Shanghai as a traveler during the recent avian flu outbreak

The China I Know

Howard Balloch | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Howard Balloch

It's going to be a very, very interesting China over the next few years. The group coming to power is among the toughest in years. But they are a very smart, very international group of leaders, and I think we're going to see a very different China when we look back ten years from now.

Managing Risks That Endanger Health

Dr. Lynn C. Klotz | Posted 11.17.2012 | Science
Dr. Lynn C. Klotz

The risks of a man-made pandemic are simply unacceptable.

Lynne Peeples

Bioterror Death Germs Thrive In Labs, Nature, As U.S. Funding Withers | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.10.2012 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. In early October 2001, just da...

Not in My Back Yard -- And Not in Yours

Dr. Lynn C. Klotz | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Dr. Lynn C. Klotz

Investigations of such deadly pathogens as SARS should be conducted only in highest-security BSL-4 labs, tucked away in remote locations where any accident can be quickly contained.

Dying to Talk: Cellphones and Cancer

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sheila Shayon

A new San Francisco law will require retailers to post information about 'specific absorption rates' on cell phones. This info must be posted "in at least 11-point type -- next to phones."

Haiti: Diarrhea Threatens Infants and "We Are in Reaction Mode Instead of Planning Mode"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Hand washing is non-existent and raw sewage is flowing throughout the camps. Walk anywhere with peril. Human feces are everywhere, even in the ruins of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.

Global Health Diplomacy and the Muslim World: How Haiti Will Heal Us

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Collaborative work is emblematic of the increasingly important field of global health diplomacy and the Muslim world has an enormous role to play in this new conversation.

The Decade In Health: New Bugs, Scary Food, Bad Drugs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

As the decade comes to a close, USA TODAY looks at some of the more newsworthy medical stories of the past 10 years....

U.S. Mortgage Fraud Remains at Epidemic Levels

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pat Choate

Nothing can better send a message to the world that the United States is serious about restoring the integrity of its money industry than by banning from it the prominent people who deceived the nation and the world.

Germs Don't Care If You Are Legal Or Not

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Do you really want to limit vaccinations only to people who have legal documents, or would you rather everyone get inoculated? Remember, those you exclude will likely have some sort of contact with either you, your kids, or the food you eat at some point.

Swine Flu: China Quarantines 300 In Hong Kong Hotel

AP | DIKKY SINN and MIN LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HONG KONG — Hundreds of tourists and employees were under quarantine in a downtown Hong Kong hotel Saturday after a Mexican guest tested positiv...

Preparing for the Swine Flu Apocalypse

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

It is important to boycott bacon and pulled pork sandwiches. It shows that we are serious and committed to overreacting.

Swine Flu: China Confident Of Containing Outbreak

UPI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

China's health minister expressed confidence that the country could prevent and contain the H1N1 flu, or swine flu, virus....

Swine Flu's Next Stop: The Pantheon of Stillborn Pandemics

Dan Pashman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Pashman

Even if swine flu eventually kills hundreds of Americans, it still won't be nearly as lethal as the regular flu, which has killed thousands of Americans already this year, just like it does every year.

Mexico Flu Epidemic a Bunch of Media Bunk

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Francis

Facts are that if there's a flu pandemic it's in the United States, not Mexico. Some 36,000 Americans died of influenza-induced illness in the last few years or 99 per day.

Swine Flu's Potential Economic Effects: Mexico's Tourism, Retail Sure To Suffer

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Wachovia has issued a report that gives a cursory overview of how the swine flu crisis will effect Mexico as well as international economies, based pr...