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Check Before You Fly

August 6, 2019

If you’re planning a tropical vacation—even just a domestic one to Florida or Hawaii—check the local news for your destination before you go. Tropical illnesses are everywhere, and easily spread through modern travel (Zika mosquitoes have been known to hitchhike in suitcases). And even a little further north in cooler climates, be aware: many areas […]

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Having a diverse, healthy colony of beneficial gut microbes may be key in getting the body to defend the brain and central nervous system. Spurred by a rise in multiple sclerosis cases, researchers found themselves wondering if gut microbes played a role. It turns out it works like this: good bacteria produce compounds that trigger […]

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The WHO has finally made the Ebola outbreak an international emergency. Public health officials have been criticizing the WHOs hesitation for months now. When Ebola was rapidly spreading in a war zone they held back, because it hadn’t actually crossed a border. When it finally did spread to a nearby country—and a major city at […]

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Ebola Spreading Quickly

April 8, 2019

Following cautious optimism from the WHO that the outbreak of Ebola in the Congo could be contained, Ebola spent a few weeks spreading fast and breaking records. Unfortunately, violence and disruption in the regions most heavily affected by Ebola is making it hard for doctors to contain the outbreak. If you’ve been following along, then […]

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Preventing MRSA

March 11, 2019

In our national fight against MRSA, we’ve hit a plateau. The CDC has a recommendation of following a strict regimen for preventing staph infections in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care centers; it’s worked, but since 2013 we haven’t kept that momentum going. MRSA can get serious quickly, so here’s some info as well as […]

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