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Keeping the cold away during the school year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says colds are the main reason why children miss school. In fact, 22 million school days are lost each year because of the common cold.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 04:49am EDT

Tags: cold, back-to-school, health, paula wolfson, cough

Tuberculosis not a worry for students headed back to school

Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's National Medical Center, says there is no need for panic over the threat of tuberculosis now that classes are beginning again.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 03:48pm EDT

Tags: TB, tuberculosis, paula wolfson, school, back to school, health, children

How to avoid contracting a brain-eating amoeba

Although, the chances of contracting an amoeba that will attack your brain and central nervous system are slim, a wilderness and travel medicine expert offers some simple advice to avoid the rare infection.

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 06:32pm EDT

Tags: brain infection, amoeba, contamination, Bowling Green State University, Travis Heggie, public health

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District teens educate peers on safe sex

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 19 million Americans come down with sexually transmitted infections each year. Roughly half are between the ages of 15 and 24.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 08:38am EDT

Tags: paula wolfson, Teen Sex, Metro TeenAIDS, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, STDs

CDC: Intense heat, weather to stick around

Whether you believe that climate change is real or not, the fact remains that the summers are getting hotter and the storms are more intense.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 06:37am EDT

Tags: NBC News, heat, david burd

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Free online course educates about hospital infections

Johns Hopkins University is offering a health care safety course free online.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:30am EDT

Tags: paula wolfson, infection, hospitals, Johns Hopkins

Washington area readies for mosquito season

Spring is finally here and the Washington area has already had some summer-like days. Now is the time to gear up for mosquito season. So what kind of a season can residents expect?

Monday - 04/22/2013, 03:07am EDT

Tags: kathy stewart, mosquito,

Study: Walking, just as healthy as running

You may not be missing out if you spot runners speed past you along a sidewalk or bike trail. A new study shows walkers get similar health benefits as those who jog or run.

Friday - 04/05/2013, 03:00pm EDT

Tags: walking, running, health benefits, American Heart Association, Rock Creek Park

Rabies-transplant prompts questions: How are donated organs screened?

A Maryland man has died from rabies, contracted from an organ transplant, but a local transplant network says there are many safeguards in place that make the transmission of diseases through life-saving transplants very rare.

Saturday - 03/16/2013, 07:09am EDT

Tags: organ transplant, rabies, disease transmission, Washington Regional Transplant Community

Chicken pox poses greater risk to adults

Chicken pox is considered a childhood disease but adults can contract the virus and health experts recommend that adults who managed to escape the itchy condition as a child be vaccinated to guard against the illness.

Wednesday - 01/30/2013, 01:43pm EST

Tags: vaccine, chicken pox, Barbara Walters, darci marchese

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