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Big Data and the Flu: How Wikipedia Can Track Influenza
Big Data and the Flu: How Wikipedia Can Track Influenza
April 18, 2014; 10:23 AM

By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study.
Tips for the Rough Spring Allergy Season Ahead
Tips for the Rough Spring Allergy Season Ahead
April 08, 2014; 11:28 AM

A cold winter and late-season snow storms in some parts of the country could mean that spring allergy season is especially rough this year.
Seasonal Birth Rates Could Guide Vaccine Campaigns
Seasonal Birth Rates Could Guide Vaccine Campaigns
April 02, 2014; 10:22 AM

Birth rates across the Northern Hemisphere follow distinct seasonal patterns related to latitude — peaking in early spring at more northern latitudes, and in summer and autumn at lower latitudes, according to a new study.
Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide
Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide
March 26, 2014; 9:58 AM

Air pollution exposure contributes to one in eight deaths around the globe, according to estimates released March 25 by the World Health Organization.
How To Prevent Getting Sick When You Travel
How To Prevent Getting Sick When You Travel
March 22, 2014; 10:24 AM

Vacation is about relaxing, and you don't want to start it with the sniffles and sneezes—or worse, a full-blown cold.
How Google Flu Trends Fell Way Short
How Google Flu Trends Fell Way Short
March 13, 2014; 2:21 PM

An attempt to identify flu outbreaks by tracking people's Google searches about the illness hasn't lived up to its initial promise, a new paper argues.
Antibiotic Misuse in Hospitals Raises Patient Infection Risk
Antibiotic Misuse in Hospitals Raises Patient Infection Risk
March 05, 2014; 9:50 AM

More than half of hospitalized patients receive antibiotics, but these prescriptions may often be inappropriate — for example, giving patients the wrong medicine or leaving them on a drug for too long, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How the Extreme Weather Messes With Your Health
How the Extreme Weather Messes With Your Health
February 25, 2014; 12:47 PM

Global warming isn’t just bad for the planet—it could have a direct effect on your body.
Some Asthma Patients May Be Overmedicated, Doctors Say
Some Asthma Patients May Be Overmedicated, Doctors Say
February 24, 2014; 10:54 AM

People with mild asthma are advised to lower their medication dose once their asthma has been brought under control, but the best way to reduce the dose is not fully known, doctors say.
Do You Have a Cold Or the Flu?
Do You Have a Cold Or the Flu?
February 15, 2014; 9:44 AM

We confuse the two constantly. Here’s why the answer matters—and what to do about it.
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