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First H1N1 vaccines to arrive Tuesday

The first doses of approved vaccines for the H1N1 "swine" flu will start trickling in across the U.S. on Tuesday. The first to arrive, 600,000 doses of MedImmune's FluMist nasal spray, will be for healthy people ages two to 49, the Associated Press reported...

October 2, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Uganda embarks on bubonic plague prevention program

As reports of bubonic plague in the Democratic Republic of Congo have filtered into neighboring Uganda, the Ugandan government is taking preemptive action, according to Uganda's Daily Monitor and reported by ProMED-mail...

September 28, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

After VapoRub warning, what about BabyRub?

After we posted the news yesterday that the iconic Vicks VapoRub may be dangerous to tots, readers asked a good question: Would a Vicks baby formulation cause the same potential breathing problems described in a study in this week's issue of the journal Chest ?...

January 14, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Preparing for a Pandemic

One day a highly contagious and lethal strain of influenza will sweep across all humanity, claiming millions of lives. It may arrive in months or not for years--but the next pandemic is inevitable...

October 24, 2005 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Christine Soares
Keeping the Mad Cows at Bay

Keeping the Mad Cows at Bay

Veterinarian Linda A. Detwiler helps to ensure that a fatal brain disease that can afflict humans doesn't appear in U.S. cattle. It can be a thankless task

June 17, 2002 — Philip Yam
Model Citizens

Model Citizens

How digital drug dealers and virtual users are providing clues to help stop the U.S. opioid epidemic

— Sara Reardon
On the Web: Antibiotic Resistance

On the Web: Antibiotic Resistance

Scientific American covers the United Nations summit addressing the global threat of superbugs.
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On the Web: Yellow Fever in Africa

On the Web: Yellow Fever in Africa

Scientific American reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on health care workers' inability to deliver the yellow fever vaccine where it is most needed. Go to

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