- India, along with the Southeast Asian region, has been declared free of polio!
- A guest blog post over at Scientific American talks about the fight against tuberculosis – both the current scientific research being done and the organizational strategies needed around the world.
- The Global Health Technologies Coalition has released its annual report, which warns against underfunding the National Institutes of Health in order to make sure necessary global health projects can continue.
- The cholera epidemic in Haiti demonstrates why it’s important to invest in infrastructure such as water treatment.
- Ed Yong has written a fantastic long piece about the fight against drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia.
- The 2012 flu vaccine was less effective than usual. A study shows this may be due to the way that vaccines are produced – they have to be altered slightly in order to be grown in chicken eggs.
- Most people know that Salmonella infections can be contracted from improperly cooked food, but not as many know that reptiles can pass on the bacteria as well.
- Compounds found in marijuana may help treat a variety of different disorders, such as epilepsy or PTSD. But federal regulations are limiting the research that can be done.
- Weight loss surgery can increase the chance that diabetic patients will get rid of their disease.
- People with tuberculosis or other infectious diseases are allowed to be detained under some circumstances, which may be “marginalizing the already marginalized,” according to a post on The Last Word on Nothing blog.
- A new study shows that e-cigarettes may not help people quit smoking.
- An outbreak of Salmonella infections in Will County has been linked to Mexican-style cheese from an unlicensed dairy manufacturer.
- The deadline to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is approaching, and Governor Pat Quinn is urging people to sign up.
- The CountyCare health system is entering into a deal with an insurance company to have that company run its daily operations.
- NU football players were recently granted the right to unionize. The Motley Fool discusses what this means for things such as health care.
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