Current Health News

July 23, 2019 - Issue 4726

Drain tiling, the hidden accelerator of water pollution

agricultural drain tile

July 23, 2019

What's behind the enormous dead zones in rivers, lakes and oceans? Pipes hidden where you least expect them are contaminating our primary waterways at alarming rates.

Polio-like disease expected to increase this fall

acute flaccid myelitis polio like disease

July 23, 2019

Global efforts to eradicate polio appears to have been successful, but have routine vaccinations simply replaced one paralytic disease with another? Acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like disease, is on the rise, and authorities are now urging health care professionals to be on the lookout for new cases.

What is vaccine shedding?

vaccine shedding

July 23, 2019

Live viral vaccines contain a weakened (or attenuated) version of the virus, which can shed and transmit disease to others. Vaccine-strain cases of polio, measles, mumps and chickenpox have been documented, but little is known about how often vaccine-strain viruses are shed or linked to disease outbreaks.