Yesterday, the CDC issued new guidelines warning that anyone who could conceivably (no pun intended) be pregnant should stop drinking alcohol because, in their words, "why take the risk?" The new guidelines are intended to prevent instances of fetal alcohol syndrome, and argue that a large percentage of American women are at risk of unknowingly drinking while pregnant:Read More
Ebola Isn’t Going to Have a U.S. Outbreak, So Take Your Concern and Use It to Help Where It Is a Problem
The first case of Ebola in the U.S. has been documented, but as Chinese state media has helpfully pointed out, Ebola is not a zombie plague. You, a citizen of the U.S. (or other developed nation) are not going to catch Ebola, nor is it going to become a major outbreak where you live. Instead, take that concern and help people who live where it is a problem.Read More
"Lolz. Whoops. Our bad." -- The FDA probably.
It's not uncommon for laboratories to have dangerous things on hand, but they're typically aware of the dangerous things they have on hand. That doesn't seem to be the case for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who had vials of the smallpox virus lying around for decades without realizing it.Read More
...or we guess you could probably use it to get diarrhea.
Millions of people contract diarrhea when traveling each year. At the very least, it can ruin your trip, but it can also pose a real health risk to some people. To help travelers avoid foods and drinks that could potentially cause diarrhea, the CDC has a new app that can identify potentially risky choices.Read More
Vital Information for Your Everyday Life
If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It's likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. -- The CDC, on its role in a hypothetical zombie outbreak. As for what you can do, you should prepare for zombies like you would any other natural disaster: stock up on water, food, first aid, and wait it out in a safe place. They do not, however, mention useful improvised weapons or heading out to your favorite pub. (via The A.V. Club.)Read More