It’s Going to Be a Bad Flu Season

Sorry, folks, but we’re headed into a nasty flu season. The government’s disease experts say this season’s strain will be particularly virulent and — even worse — about half of the strain’s viruses have already mutated into a form that the current vaccine can’t fully protect against. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the flu shot is still the best bet for protection, but they also urged people who feel they are coming down with …

10 Dumbest Things to Do Online

Trying to get scammed? Engage in these stupid but common online practices and the smart money is that you likely will. 1. Falling for emotional bait. Online and otherwise, scammers line their pockets on your emotions — greed, fear, curiosity — and often fuel each with “Act Now!” urgency. Offers of easy money and threats of negative consequences phish for your money and/or personal information. Promises of forbidden photos or links, especially with terse “Check this out!” messages, are used to install …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Making candy corn used to be back-breaking work. (Learn more at Slate) 2. Kanzi, a 33-year-old ape, can build a fire and roast marshmallows. (Learn more at GrindTV.com) >> Famous Child Stars — Where Are They Now? 3. Gladiators in the 2nd century consumed an “energy drink” of vinegar and ash. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The coating on cash register receipts causes serious health problems. (Learn more at AARP)   5. Nearly 1 in …

Calma frente al Ébola

Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes un blog personal. No sé si es por la edad que tengo, pero últimamente me encuentro haciendo un esfuerzo muy consciente por permanecer en calma frente a situaciones que me incomodan o preocupan mucho. Incluso, me hallo repitiéndole a las personas que buscan mis consejos que “poniéndose uno histérico no se va a resolver nada”. Es mejor mantener la calma para poder pensar más lógica, práctica y estratégicamente.  Fotos: 5 excelentes alimentos que refuerzan tu …

Missteps in U.S. Ebola Protection Plan Continue

Let’s see: A nurse who cared for a dying Ebola patient is allowed to fly on a commercial flight days later despite having a low-grade fever. Another worker who handled the patient’s lab specimens takes a cruise and has to be quarantined aboard the ship. Officials with the hospital where the man died admit nurses were never given Ebola training. Is this how the U.S. thinks it will protect citizens against this disease? The head of the U.S. Centers for …

La chikungunya avanza por el Caribe

“La pregunta no es si me va a dar la chikungunya, la pregunta es ¿cuándo me va a dar?” Hace unos días leí este comentario de un amigo que vive en Puerto Rico que creo que refleja bien el sentir de la comunidad ante la amenaza que se vive actualmente en la isla por el virus de la chikunguya. Tanto los casos reportados por el Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico, como los que reportan las personas enfermas de manera …