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PBS Newshour: What you need to know about this year’s elevated flu threat

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PBS Newshour last week had a segment about this year’s flu season, which doctors are warning could be more severe than normal. One reason for that is that one of the flu virus strains that is most prevalent is not responding as well as usual to the vaccine. LJ Tan explains: …with this upcoming season, we are getting a predominance of H3N2. That means we might have a more severe season. But not only that Read More >

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Mumps Outbreak in the NHL

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on The Measles Outbreak Coming Near You. Today we’re learning about another outbreak of a vaccine-preventable illness, this time hitting the National Hockey League. MyFoxNY reports that a mumps outbreak is affecting several NHL teams, with at least 9 players infected since November, five of them with the Minnesota Wild Wings. The latest teams with reported cases are the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. MyFoxNY Read More >

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Wall Street Journal Highlights Promising Gene Therapy Advances

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Yesterday, bluebird bio reported some very uplifting news at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Two patients with beta-thalassemia, a genetic disorder which normally requires regular blood transfusions, have been able to forgo transfusions for at least five months following a gene therapy treatment from bluebird. The Wall Street Journal’s Ron Winslow reports: Bluebird bio’s treatment involves extracting blood stem cells from a patient, treating them with a functioning version of the defective Read More >

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WSJ: The Measles Outbreak Coming Near You

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We’ve written before about the disturbing rise in the prevalence of diseases that, thanks to vaccines, had once been considered eradicated or near-eradicated in the US. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Dr. Haider Javed Warraich, a physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, discusses the problem in depth: Measles is making a terrifying comeback in the U.S., with some 600 cases reported this year, more Read More >

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#GivingTuesday: What Group Will You Be Supporting?

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Founded in 2012 by a group of friends and partners from 92nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday is the global day dedicated to giving back. According to the founding group, in three short years #GivingTuesday has become an annual celebration of giving that unites 10,000+ organizations worldwide under one common purpose: to give back. According to a recent NPR article, charitable organizations say online donations on #GivingTuesday last year were 90 percent higher than the year before. Read More >

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