| Oct 28, 2014
| 10:08 AM
Few scientific achievements have had as swift and dramatic effect — and been surrounded by as much myth — as the development of the polio vaccine by Jonas Salk, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday.
Salk, who died in 1995, is remembered...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 3:43 PM
In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. We've seen this happen around the world with a wide range of illnesses, from swine flu to severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, to Ebola.
| Nov 4, 2014
| 12:38 PM
Nurse Kaci Hickox is still at large, despite efforts by two governors to put her back in captivity.
As such, she has become a threat to public health or a hero to the cause of freedom, science and good sense, depending on your point of view.
| Oct 20, 2014
| 6:30 PM
It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare: one of the world’s deadliest contagious diseases loose in one of the world’s most densely populated and sometimes chaotic megacities — Lagos, Nigeria.
With its teeming slums, bogus...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Last year, I interviewed both Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the virus that causes AIDS, and Dr. Alfred Sommer, whose work on vitamin A deficiency is credited with saving millions of lives around the world. Without prompting, both men expressed...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 6:35 PM
The Lehigh Valley may have its first case of enterovirus D68, which has hospitalized hundreds of children across the country and may be associated with the deaths of four people.
Matt Kerr, spokesman for the Allentown Diocese, said Wednesday morning a...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 9:47 PM
It was an announcement local doctors figured they might hear before long: that kids in Los Angeles County had been diagnosed with a mysterious virus known to have sickened hundreds of children in the U.S. this year.
On Wednesday, officials at the Los...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:54 PM
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for 17,000 cancers in women and 9,000 cancers in men every year. In the United States alone, over 4,000 women will die of the disease.
It's important to highlight that almost all of these dangerous, and...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 12:35 PM
No time passes faster than summer vacation. That means it is never too early to think about back-to-school immunizations for the kids.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties have revved up their...
| Aug 1, 2014
As the calendar turns to August, it may not be time for back-to-school just yet, but it is time to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician. Pennsylvania education regulations require parents or guardians to make sure their children's...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 8:50 PM
California parents are deciding against vaccinating their kindergarten-age children at twice the rate they did seven years ago, a fact public health experts said is contributing to the reemergence of measles across the state and may lead to outbreaks of...