The New Bird Flu: Many Worries, Few Solutions

The numbers are modest but still alarming: 13 dead, 60 sick, from a new strain of bird flu in eastern China, according to the latest reports. But even though the H7N9 virus so far has not spread outside of China, both national and international health officials worry that it may be just a matter of time before it does – and right now there’s no vaccine to protect against the disease. The New York Times reported on a new analysis by …

West Nile Virus: If You’re Over 50, Your Risk Is Higher

Federal health officials are warning older adults to take extra steps to protect themselves against the mosquito responsible for this summer’s record outbreak of West Nile virus. Thanks to the extreme heat and drought affecting the country, the mosquito that carries the West Nile virus has flourished. The result, say officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the worst outbreak of the virus in history – infecting people in 47 states and causing 41 deaths so …

CDC Urges Boomers to Get Tested for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one of the more dastardly boogiemen in the club of chronic illnesses. In short, it is a blood-borne virus that can cause a variety of complications, such as liver damage. The Centers for Disease control report that around 3.2 million Americans are infected and is most prevalent in people born between the years 1945 and 1965. In the face of this, the CDC had their first national day of testing last week. Their focus was on increased …