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Full Day’s Calories, Fat and Sodium in an Average Restaurant Meal

Consumers tend to think of sit-down restaurants as offering healthier options than fast-food venues but there is little evidence to support that idea. In...

Caribbean chikungunya outbreak grows, poses threat to US

Health officials are reporting a sharp rise in the number of patients sickened in a chikungunya fever outbreak centered on the Caribbean island of...

US flu activity keeps climbing

US influenza activity kept climbing last week, as several states outside the South reported widespread cases, and the 2009 H1N1 virus continued to be...

Vaccine protects against lethal staph pneumonia

University of Iowa researchers have developed a new vaccine that protects against lethal pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, including drug-resistant strains like...

FDA Taking Closer Look at ‘Antibacterial’ Soap

When you're buying soaps and body washes, do you reach for the bar or bottle labeled "antibacterial"? Are you thinking that these products, in...

US measles status unchanged, but vaccination gaps exist

The United States officially eliminated measles in 2000. Recent imported cases don't change that status but are creating small pockets in unvaccinated or undervaccinated...

FDA approves Sovaldi for chronic hepatitis C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Sovaldi is the first drug that...

Fertility treatments keep multiple births high

Fertility technology in the United States has a huge influence on the frequency of twins, triplets, and other multiple births, according to new estimates...

‘Nanosponge vaccine’ fights MRSA toxins

Nanosponges that soak up a dangerous pore-forming toxin produced by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) could serve as a safe and effective vaccine against this...

Tamiflu use drops as evidence of benefits grows

The standard recommendation about using Tamfilu (oseltamivir) and similar drugs in influenza patients is that treatment should begin within 48 hours after the first...

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