Behind the scenes of the CDC’s vaping probe
Disease detectives, more accustomed to stopping food-borne illnesses or tracking the annual influenza cycle, realized that they’d need a unique approach to take on a health crisis that has so far sickened 1,604 and killed 34. “I think it’s pulling on everyone’s heartstrings,” says Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director,... Read more
Nurse writes powerful post about getting flu shot
“The flu shot is NOT always about you. It’s about protecting those around you, who cannot always protect themselves.” A nurse’s Facebook post is going viral after she penned a powerful statement urging everyone to get a flu shot. Read more
What causes a rare disease that paralyzes kids?
The condition strikes young children. It can start with run-of-the-mill virus symptoms, like fever or sniffles. But, then the kids lose control of their limbs, may have trouble swallowing or breathing, or even end up paralyzed. This terrifying experience happened to more than 570 families since 2014, whose children... Read more
How to talk to teenagers about vaping
With news of an outbreak of life-threatening vaping illness sweeping the country, and vape use at an all-time high among teens, the issue feels more urgent than ever. Here’s what to say — and not to say — to help your child deal with peer pressure and misinformation, and stay safe. Read more
35 charged in fraudulent genetic testing scheme
In announcing a crackdown Friday on companies it says were involved in fraudulent genetic testing, the U.S. Department of Justice brought charges against 35 individuals associated with dozens of telemarketing companies and testing labs. The federal investigation, called Operation Double Helix, went after schemes that allegedly targeted people 65 and older.... Read more

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