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Flu Season Kicks Off Early— and It May Be a Nasty One

Australia's bad bout with the flu could be a sign of what's to come in US

(Newser) - If you haven't gone for a flu shot yet, you may want to hurry—the season of sickness is already upon us. The CDC's weekly flu tracker notes a wider geographic spread of the illness across the US compared with this time of year in years past. Popular ... More »

Taliban: Kidnapped US Professor Is Extremely Sick

Kevin King's condition worsens by the day, militants say

(Newser) - An American professor kidnapped in Afghanistan more than a year ago is extremely ill and getting worse all the time, the Taliban says. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says 60-year-old Kevin King has "dangerous" heart and kidney diseases that have "exponentially worsened" during his time in captivity. "His... More »

Flight Attendants Still Have No Answer on What's Ailing Them

Thousands of AA attendants have had bad reactions since new uniforms arrived

(Newser) - American Airlines flight attendants demanded a full recall of their new uniforms last month, convinced the new attire was making many of them sick—but after a slew of testing, the airline still can't definitively say what the issue is, or if the uniforms are involved at all, Bloomberg... More »

Viruses May Hit Men Harder Than Women for a Reason

From a virus' perspective, women are the superior host

(Newser) - It is now well established that many viruses wreak more havoc on men than on women. Examples: Men are five times as likely to develop cancer from HPV as women, twice as likely to develop Hodgkin's lymphoma from the Epstein-Barr virus, and 1.5 times as likely to die... More »

Why AA Flight Attendants Want 'Full Recall' of New Garb

They like the way uniforms look—but they say they're unhealthy

(Newser) - Total recall: American Airlines. USA Today reports on the more than 70,000 workers for the airline who received newly designed uniforms in September, uniforms that by many accounts were pleasing to the eye and well-received. But that was before those pleased eyes began suffering from irritation, and before a... More »

The 5 Viruses You Never Want to Get

Ebola's up there, but there are others that could be even worse

(Newser) - The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever ended earlier this year , but despite advances in vaccines and antiviral drugs, Live Science notes "we're a long way from winning" the war against not only Ebola, but other viruses, too—some even deadlier than Ebola. The site lists some of the worst... More »

Brazil to Women: Don't Get Pregnant Right Now

Amid fears mosquito-borne virus is causing spike in infant neurological condition

(Newser) - In what Brazil's Health Ministry is calling an "unprecedented situation," six states have declared a state of emergency and health officials are warning women not to get pregnant (especially in the country's northeast) due to a mosquito-carried virus linked to brain damage in infants , CNN reports.... More »

20% of US Cancer Cases Are '2nd' Cancers

And not a recurrence or spread of an original tumor—a brand-new form of cancer

(Newser) - Second cancers are on the rise, with nearly one in five new cancer cases in the US now involving someone who's had the disease before—but when doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the... More »

Mystery 'Sleeping' Illness Strikes Tiny Town

Village in Kazakhstan struck by 'sleeping sickness'

(Newser) - Activities like cooking, running, and driving a car have gotten a whole lot riskier for villagers in northern Kazakhstan—because they might fall asleep at any moment and stay that way for days, the Smithsonian reports. So far 152 residents in tiny Kalachi have fallen ill with the mystery sickness,... More »

Gas Pumps Top List of Germiest Objects

...followed by mailbox handles and escalator rails

(Newser) - You may use hand sanitizers in rest rooms, but how about gas stations, mail boxes, and ATM machines? A new survey of America's yuckiest touchables found that 71% of gas pump dispensers and 68% of mailbox handles were highly contaminated with high-risk germs. Next on the list were escalator... More »

America's Sickest Cities

Hint: Florida's not the place to be during flu season

(Newser) - Think spring is around the corner and the end to sneezing and sick ickyness is in sight? Think again, because there's lots of flu left to pass around. The Daily Beast runs down the 20 sickest cities, as broken down by health ranking, vaccination coverage, influenza deaths, and how much... More »

Leno Hospitalized; Tonight Show Canceled

(Newser) - Tonight Show host Jay Leno was hospitalized today, KTLA-TV reports, forcing the cancellation of this evening’s gabfest. Leno, who was feeling poorly, checked himself into the hospital, but his ailment is not serious—a spokeswoman said he was in “good spirits” and penning jests from his bed—and... More »

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