Last flu season was deadly. Did you get a shot to protect yourself for this one?

Last flu season was deadly. Did you get a shot to protect yourself for this one?

Months out from the nation’s deadliest flu season in decades, public health officials are urging people to get their flu shot, including in Whatcom County where the flu already is making people ill. “It’s starting,” said Cindy Hollinsworth, Communicable Disease manager for the Whatcom County Health Department. About 80,000 people in the U.S. died from […]

Chickenpox outbreak keeps 38 unvaccinated kids from class

Chickenpox outbreak keeps 38 unvaccinated kids from class

Updated 5:21 pm CDT, Friday, October 19, 2018 BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (AP) — An outbreak of the chickenpox at a southwestern Washington elementary school could keep dozens of students out of class for several weeks. Battle Ground Public Schools spokeswoman Rita Sanders told The Columbian Friday that five cases of varicella have been confirmed at Daybreak […]

Male breast cancer: What are the signs and how to check?

Male breast cancer: What are the signs and how to check?

Breast cancer is more commonly associated with women than with men, affecting approximately one in eight women in their lifetimes. However, men can still be diagnosed with breast cancer, albeit in far rarer circumstances. While boys do not develop breasts like girls do during puberty, they still have a small amount of breast tissue behind […]

Here's everything you need to know about the 2018 flu shot and season

Here's everything you need to know about the 2018 flu shot and season

CLOSE Florida officials report that first flu death this season is a child. Elizabeth Keatinge has more. Buzz60 A vial of flu vaccine.(Photo: David Goldman/AP)     Typically the headlines about flu at this time of year focus on prodding people to get their annual flu shots. But this week another flu story dominated the […]

UNH study shows that ticks are killing off more moose calves than ever before

UNH study shows that ticks are killing off more moose calves than ever before

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) Researchers say ticks are killing moose at an alarming rate. A study by the University of New Hampshire indicates areas like western Maine are seeing an unusual continued increase in winter ticks. They say the parasite is the primary cause of an unprecedented 70% death rate of moose calves over a three […]

Hunter who died of rare disorder may have eaten squirrel brains, doctors say

Hunter who died of rare disorder may have eaten squirrel brains, doctors say

NEW YORK – A 61-year-old who experienced a severe cognitive decline before his death may have had squirrel brains to blame. A new report on the 2015 death in Rochester, New York, finds that he may have suffered from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a rare brain condition you’ve likely heard of as “mad cow disease.” […]

Obesity linked to increased risk of colorectal cancer in women

Obesity linked to increased risk of colorectal cancer in women

Women who are overweight or obese have up to twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer before the age of 50 as women who have what is considered a normal body mass index (BMI), according to a research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. The study included data from 85,256 women […]

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