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H1N1 hullabaloo: Overreaction or prudent caution?

School closures, canceled proms, and emergency rooms flooded with people panicking over run-of-the-mill coughs and sore throats. Have people gone hog wild over the so-called "swine flu," and is the media to blame for fanning the flames of fear?...

May 8, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Man gets first double hand transplant in U.S.

A 57-year-old man from Alberta, Georgia has become the first person in the U.S. to receive a double hand transplant. After undergoing a ten-hour surgery that ended Monday night, the patient, Jeff Kepner, is in critical but stable condition, according to Amy Dugas Rose, a spokesperson for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC), where team of ten surgeons carried out the operation...

May 6, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Canadian bacon: Pigs in Canada sick with swine flu

Last Friday, we reported on Egypt's recent attempt to curb transmission of the human H1N1 epidemic by butchering all 300,000 of its pigs. Experts we interviewed said there was no sound rationale for such a move, because pigs had never been infected with the new virus, which has sickened at least 1085 people in 21 countries – until now...

May 4, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Mystery solved: Polo ponies probably died of selenium overdose

The 21 polo ponies that dropped dead at the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Fla., eleven days ago most likely succumbed to an overdose of selenium, used to help muscles recover after strenuous exercise, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has reported...

April 30, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Swine flu kills child in Texas

A 22-month-old boy has died in Houston from swine flu as the outbreak continues to expand in the U.S. and abroad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports today.

April 29, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

WHO hikes pandemic alert to phase 4 on swine flu fears

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the influenza pandemic alert level to phase 4, just two steps shy of a global pandemic alert, according to Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security and environment...

April 27, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

5.6 Earthquake rattles an already shaken Mexico City

Mexico, which is already swept in panic over an outbreak of swine flu, the virus suspected of killing over 100 people and sickening more than 1,000 in the country, has now become the epicenter of another disaster: an earthquake...

April 27, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
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