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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has expanded the list of countries that pregnant women should avoid traveling to because of high infection rates of the Zika virus.
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune also will become infected.
Ebola virus disease, also called Ebola hemorrhagic fever or just Ebola, is a serious disease that often causes death. According to the World Health Organization, the average Ebola case fatality rate is greater than 50 percent. In the past, during other outbreaks, the rate has ranged from 25 percent to as high as 90 percent. … Read More
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One thing that bugs us about summer is, well, bugs – and the bites they leave behind. Some of them can even make us sick. Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, is an expert on infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic. She says mosquito bites can become a problem if you don’t leave them alone. “Mosquito bites can get … Read More
If you are a parent who feels confused about vaccine safety for your child, here’s some data about the vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV) to ease your mind. Researchers studied both HPV vaccines in tens of thousands of people around the world. More than 46 million doses have been distributed to date, and there have been … Read More
One in three adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Falls are a leading cause of injury and mortality for this age group. Commonly, falls are caused by arthritis pain in the hips, knees or ankles, which leads to a painful … Read More
About 1 in 88 children have been diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This group of disorders includes all developmental disabilities that can cause behavioral, social and communication challenges. If your child shows signs that he or she is not developing normally, it’s critical to … Read More
We’re in the midst of one of the largest West Nile virus outbreaks ever seen in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Forty-seven states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes. Infectious disease physician Adarsh Bhimraj, MD, says some people are at higher risk than others, particularly … Read More
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has hit a historic low. According to the latest figures released by the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of teen pregnancies has been dropping since 1990. The rate dropped 40 percent between 1990 and 2008, dropping another 9 percent from 2009 to 2010 to reach … Read More