Health

Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban

U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an "epidemic" and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

From plagues to obesity: how epidemics have evolved

The word "epidemic" immediately brings to mind a highly infectious and deadly disease of the kind found in Hollywood films. In Contagion, for instance, a lethal infection with frightening symptoms spreads like wildfire, threatening ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Leprosy strain genotyped from medieval pilgrim at UK burial site

Leprosy is a bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis. It has afflicted humans for thousands of years, reaching epidemic levels during the Middle Ages, and people continue to be affected ...

Addiction

Drug overdose epidemic top cause of US injury deaths

Drug overdoses have reached epidemic levels in the United States where they are the leading cause of injury deaths, surpassing car accidents and gunshots, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday.

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