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Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.

The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city [...]

Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds

Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.

The international team behind the work suggests that switching to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or [...]

C.D.C. Shuts Labs After Accidents with Pathogens

After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs.

The accidents, and the C.D.C.’s [...]

Ebola outbreak: US man tested in Ghana

A US citizen is being tested for the Ebola virus in Ghana, which has had no confirmed cases of the virus in the current West African outbreak.

The man has been quarantined at the private Nyaho Clinic in the capital, Accra, health officials say.

The virus has so far killed more than 460 people [...]

World Cup fans returning to U.S. at risk of bringing back mosquito-borne virus

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Senator Chuck Schumer is raising concerns that Americans who went to Brazil for the World Cup could possibly bring back a mosquito-borne virus.

It’s called chikungunya (chik-v) and is commonly found in the Caribbean and South America.

Although rarely fatal, the virus causes fever, arthritis-like pain, headaches and rashes.

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Polio’s Return After Near Eradication Prompts a Global Health Warning

Alarmed by the spread of polio to several fragile countries, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Monday for only the second time since regulations permitting it to do so were adopted in 2007.

Just two years ago — after a 25-year campaign that vaccinated [...]

Skin Infection Spreading Though NYC Seafood Markets

A rare skin infection is spreading through New York City seafood markets, health officials said today.

The infection, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium marinum, causes red, painful lumps under the skin, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“If the infection is deep enough, surgery may be needed,” the department [...]

Doctors puzzled by polio-like illness crippling California kids: ‘What we’re seeing now is bad’

As many as 25 children in California have been afflicted with a rare polio-like illness leaving them with paralyzed limbs and respiratory problems, USA Today reports.

While testing has shown that none of the children have polio, the new illness has much in common with the infectious viral disease which was all but eliminated following [...]

Groups call for safe reduction of C-sections

In a bid to reduce rates of cesarean sections that have climbed more than 60% in the past 15 years, two major medical societies issued guidelines today that urge women and doctors to have more patience during labor, allowing nature to take its course rather than rushing to surgery.

The growing use of C-sections, accounting [...]

Former DEA chief says pot legalization a ‘disaster’

These days, former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger is like a lonely voice crying out in the wilderness – an anti-drug crusader who served three American presidents, now battling the perils of pot at a time when legalization is all the rage.

“I think it’s a disaster,” he told “Power Players” of the rapid [...]

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