Feds Battle Doubts on Flu Shot

Federal health officials are scrambling to spread the word that this season’s flu shot will be much more effective than last year’s. Last season’s shot was only 18 percent effective against the most prevalent strain of influenza. Health experts say that the shot should be effective for the upcoming season and that everybody should get […]

Ebola Lurks in the Body Long After You’re Cured

The Ebola virus can remain in the semen of survivors for up to nine months, but health officials stress the chances of contracting the disease through sex is low. Preliminary results of a new study released Wednesday clearly proves that the virus persists in the semen of disease survivors longer than previously thought, according to […]

9/11 Cops Have 50 Percent Higher Cancer Rate

A shocking study by the New York City Police Department reveals cops who worked at the smoldering World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks had 50 percent more instances of cancer than officers did in the years before the tragedy. The New York Post, which obtained a copy of the 20-year study, says the […]

US Poultry Industry Devastated By Bird Flu

The United States has faced the largest animal health emergency in its history, an Agriculture Department administrator said Tuesday. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), otherwise known as bird flu, is wreaking havoc on the U.S. poultry industry, according to John Clifford, the deputy administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The outbreak, which […]

Woman Dies of Measles in Washington State

A woman in Washington State has died from the measles, marking the first death from the illness in the United States since 2003. The woman, whose age and other identifying factors were not disclosed, likely contracted measles while in a health care facility in Clallam County. The woman was immuno-suppressed due to medications she was […]

Obama Administration Pushes for Faster Ebola Test

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday announced a contract to develop a faster test for Ebola, as well as grants for nine regional treatment centers. HHS announced a $1.8 million deal with a Pennsylvania company, OraSure, to develop a faster test to diagnose Ebola that provides results within 20 minutes. The […]

Joe Biden’s Son, Beau, Dies of Brain Cancer

Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, the son of Vice President Biden, a former state attorney general of Delaware and a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 46. Beau Biden, whose struggle with cancer was kept private, was considered the next political star of the Biden family and was […]

‘Ebola Will Return,’ Veteran Scientist Warns

Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world’s top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976. Now, amid a decline in a west African outbreak that has taken more than 11,000 lives, Muyembe warns that Ebola will strike again […]

UN Warns the World To Be Prepared for Upcoming Global Ebola Outbreaks

Ongoing human encroachment into and disruption of wildlife habitats will only increase the rate at which diseases like Ebola emerge, warned the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, in an interview with The Independent. Nabarro said that “zoonotic diseases” like Ebola – those that cross from animals to humans – are a […]