An outbreak of polio in Tajikistan has public health workers scrambling.
April 26, 2010 The World Health Organization says Tajikistan, a Central Asian nation which shares its southern border with Afghanistan, recently reported 120 cases of acute flaccid paralysis, probably caused by polio.
Don't be this guy, please.
April 22, 2010 Nearly three-quarters of Americans said they went to work sick in the last year, according to a survey that queried more than 3,000 people early this month. The top reason: lost wages.
A slight sniffle shouldn't keep Johnny at home.
April 19, 2010 Researchers found that day care centers they surveyed would unnecessarily keep home more than half of kids with mild symptoms of illness.
April 14, 2010 Infections people catch while hospitalized represent a major health threat, and the latest data from the government show the problem is growing bigger.
A woman is vaccinated against swine flu at a community clinic in Washington, D.C., in January.
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April 1, 2010 Tens of millions of doses of the government-purchased vaccine have gone unused. Now they're starting to expire and are being discarded.
Twitter's 'Fail Whale,' a sign the messaging system isn't working, could also apply to the quality of some of the health information there.
March 31, 2010 An analysis of tweets mentioning antibiotics found lots of misinformation about use of the drugs to treat viral infections, like colds and flu.
March 29, 2010 The epidemic has peaked, but swine flu is still putting Americans in the hospital. Georgia is a warm spot for infections, with more flu hospitalizations than any other state.
February 18, 2010 Swine flu cases are dropping, and a look back shows the flu season was milder than expected. Public health authorities are already picking the ingredients for next season's flu vaccine.
February 5, 2010 Despite the government's full-court press to get Americans vaccinated against swine flu, only about 21 percent of adults have been immunized. About 40 percent of children, at higher risk for the illness, got shots or spray.
January 21, 2010 An antibody treatment for Clostridium difficile showed promise in protecting patients from infection with the bacterium, a leading cause of severe diarrhea in hospitals.
January 20, 2010 Have you been vaccinated against the swine flu? We finally got the shot, and it was no big deal.
A syringe and vials of swine flu vaccine at a hospital in Essen, Germany, last year.
January 13, 2010 Who's on the hook to pay for swine flu vaccine still in the pipeline? Is it the governments, which pushed vaccine makers to stretch their capacity to the limit last summer? Or will it be the companies that took a gamble they'd be compensated for a...
January 7, 2010 Keep it simple, Doc. That's the lesson of two studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, which offer simple ways to save lives, like bathing patients and swabbing their noses with antibiotic ointment.
December 29, 2009 The head of the World Health Organization said it is premature to declare victory over the swine flu virus. The pandemic will continue to evolve for six months to a year.
December 18, 2009 Federal officials expect 100 million doses of vaccine to have been shipped by today. Across the country public health authorities are easing restrictions that had reserved the shots for people at high risk, such as pregnant women and kids.
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