| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:45 AM
Which Americans are least likely to be overweight or obese? Asian Americans, by a long shot.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 38.6% of Asian American adults have a body mass index over 25, the threshold for...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:45 PM
Few people in West Virginia had any idea that an obscure company was storing a mysterious coal-washing chemical in tanks overlooking the Elk River, just upstream from a major water treatment plant.
Nor did many realize that no agency had conducted...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 7:20 PM
Free flu shots are now available at the Peninsula Health District in Newport News and at the Hampton Health Department as the state enters its fifth week of "widespread" seasonal flu activity. "We just want to remove any barriers that may be stopping...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 12:38 PM
California has now confirmed 45 deaths from influenza this season, health officials have reported — an increase of 38 since the end of last week and further indication that this year's flu may be especially severe.
"The great majority" of the...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Certain types of cancer, particularly melanoma and breast cancer, metastasize by shedding malignant cells into the body's lymph system, where they travel to nearby lymph nodes and form new colonies. From there, the cells can spread to other organs,...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:26 PM
A mosquito-borne virus usually restricted to Africa and Asia has been detected for the first time in the Western Hemisphere, with 10 confirmed cases on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin, U.S. authorities have warned.
| Dec 18, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Flu vaccination rates are well below targeted rates, health officials announced last week, with approximately 40 percent of those eligible having received protection from the virus. The Virginia Department of Health urged that there is still plenty of...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:11 PM
Virginia scores better than most in its ability to protect its residents against infectious disease outbreaks, according to a report released Tuesday by Trust for America's Health, TFAH, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Virginia had a positive...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Reports of flulike illness in Chicago are slowly rising this month, public health officials said Monday, at a time of season that the virus typically begins to take hold.
All that, plus signs that more young people than usual could fall ill this season,...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Protein Sciences Corp. is negotiating an incentive deal that could bring 100 or more jobs to its Meriden complex, even as the maker of a breakthrough flu vaccine readies a manufacturing plant in New York's Rockland County.
Sales of the company's...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics collaborated on an online article for publication in the December issue of Pediatrics which offers updated guidance on treating respiratory tract infections in...