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0 No Controversy Here: Rwanda’s Effort to Beat HPV and Cervical Cancer

Daytime television host Katie Couric courted controversy where it does not exist, yesterday. She featured Emily Tarsell a woman who said the HPV vaccine Gardasil is responsible for her her daughter’s death. Remaining guests, including medical doctors, discussed their support and opposition to the HPV vaccine. Couric builds ‘controversy’ by rising fear of…

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0 Zombies encourage pandemic preparedness

If you knew zombies were going to attack, would you finally get your home prepared for an emergency? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a Hollywood horror approach to public health preparedness. As USA Today reports: Coming off the tremendous success of its controversial Zombie Preparedness…

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2 Global public health champion dies

Emory David Sencer David Sencer, the longest-serving director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of the leaders of the U.S. contribution to the smallpox campaign, died Monday at age 86. The New York Times quoted Bill Foege, Sencer’s friend and successor as CDC chief,…

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2 No new evidence, but UN again blamed for Haiti cholera

UN Peacekeeper, HaitiUN Haiti is in crisis, in the middle of a muddled election for the next president of this devastated nation, and the media are doing their own muddling regarding the source of its ongoing cholera outbreak. The epidemic has so far killed more than 2,100, sickened maybe 100,000…

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0 Flu Death Toll Overstated, Varies Widely: CDC

CDC A Sneezer Seasonal flu kills a lot of people and the media (including me) typically report that influenza causes about 30,000 deaths every year. It appears that this number is almost always wrong. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — in its weekly death-and-destruction summary otherwise known…

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0 Dengue Fever in Florida, On the Rise Globally

CDC Dengue is spreading globally Dengue fever, also known as “breakbone fever,” used to be confined to a small part of the tropics. As a recent outbreak in Florida illustrates, it is no longer so confined. In fact, dengue is now the most common and the fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease in…