The CDC is rejigging its public data portal in response to reporting that revealed just how unreliable its estimates for nonfatal gunshot injuries are.   What makes the data so unreliable? A statistical model vulnerable to sudden sample shifts.   Without a dedicated…

As tick-borne diseases rise sharply in the US, lawmakers have ordered the Pentagon to investigate whether the Department of Defense experimented with using insects as bioweapons from 1950-1975.   Some 30,000 cases of tick-borne Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year…

Just 2 people are confirmed to have died from tick-borne Bourbon virus—but the mysterious illness has researchers doubling down to learn if the virus, and others like it, are spreading between humans under the radar.   Researchers found the Bourbon virus in the Lone Star…

The Ebola virus currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is notoriously elusive—especially for scientists wanting to study it. Samples from the DRC’s last 4 outbreaks have not been shared internationally. 

As a measles outbreak continues to rage across the US, at least 4 California physicians are being investigated for giving “questionable” vaccine exemptions.   The CDC says medical vaccine exemptions should be rare and reserved for severe conditions. The complainant—chief of…

The human papillomavirus vaccine may be worth getting through age 45, according to the findings of a CDC advisory panel revealed yesterday, The Washington Post reports. Every year in the US, HPV-related cancers afflict some 17,500 women and 9,300 men, many of them…

Progress reports on the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola outbreak clashed this week, Helen Branswell reports in STAT. Yesterday, the WHO said cases are down and Ebola’s geographic footprint is shrinking. Tuesday, CDC chief Robert Redfield suggested…

The US reached a grim milestone yesterday: 1,001 measles cases this year in the country’s worst outbreak since 1992, the CDC announced. It renewed calls for parents to stop shunning vaccines, Reuters reports.

Embattled opioid giant Purdue Pharma influenced WHO guidelines on treating pain, according to a bipartisan Congressional report released yesterday, The Washington Post reports.

In the US, pregnancy-related deaths are up to 3X more likely for African American, Native American and Alaska Native women, according to an alarming new CDC report. Most pregnancy-related deaths are caused by complications from severe bleeding.