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The Takeaway

CDC Director on America's Battle Against Deadly 'Superbugs'

Friday, February 20, 2015

Drug-resistant bacteria kills at least 23,000 patients in the U.S. each year. The director of the CDC discusses the Obama Administration's measure to combat this growing problem.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Influenza kills, but you’d never know it by how few of us get the vaccine.

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The Takeaway

CDC Declares National Flu Epidemic

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Normally, a break from the classroom or workplace helps curb the spread of disease, but the exact opposite is happening this year. The CDC declared flu to be an epidemic just last week.

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WNYC News

New Yorkers Flock to Flu Shots

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Are they buying the mayor's message the vaccine can help with the Ebola fight, indirectly, or is it just much more widely available?

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WNYC News

Ebola, Chikungunya, the Plague, Oh My!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Stories about diseases are flying around the media these days. But how worried should New Yorkers really be?

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On The Media

Google Flu Trends Is Wrong. A Lot.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In 2008, Google launched Google Flu Trends, a service that would track the spread of the flu in the US based on Google searches for symptoms like "cough" or "fever." At the time, journalists heralded it as delivering on the promise of all the data generated on the internet. Well, it turns out that Google Flu Trends is wrong. A lot.

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On The Media

Gun Anecdotes, What To Know about the Avian Flu, and Grindr.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Since the Sandy Hook shootings, gun violence anecdotes have been the centerpiece of much of the reporting about guns. OTM asks if there's a better way. Also, who to listen to about the new avian flu and everything you need to know about Grindr. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Paid Sick Leave Meets Flu Season

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

City Councilmember Gale Brewer discusses her ongoing efforts to pass paid sick leave legislation in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Connect the Dots

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The influenza epidemic has been keeping many New Yorkers home sick. Council Member Gale Brewer (D-6) explains the state of proposed sick leave legislation. Then, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance joins to talk about what kind of gun policy he supports; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on the Sandy recovery aid package in Congress; Kevin Drum of Mother Jones on his reporting on the link between lead and violent crime rates; and a new Center for an Urban Future report examines the role of libraries in the digital age.

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WNYC News

A Renewed Push for Paid Sick Leave Amidst Severe Flu Season

Sunday, January 13, 2013

WNYC

While staying home MAY be the best course of action when it comes to the flu, it's not a viable option for all New Yorkers.

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WNYC News

Flu Strikes Hard But New Yorkers Carry On

Sunday, January 13, 2013

WNYC

Despite the widespread warnings, New Yorkers are taking this latest health scare in stride going about their daily activities.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Gran' Pop Has a Touch of the Flu, 1951

Friday, January 11, 2013

WNYC

What were the signs and symptoms of influenza in 1951? Join Dr. Naltoney to find out.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Flu Outbreak 101

Friday, January 11, 2013

Dr. Kent Sepkowitz, infectious disease specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, explains the science behind the flulike epidemic sweeping the country.

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The Takeaway

Boston Declares Public Health Emergency

Friday, January 11, 2013

The flu outbreak is so severe in Boston that Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency this week. Dr. Brien Barnewolt, chair of emergency medicine at Tufts Medical Center, describes the scene on the ground. 

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The Takeaway

CDC Responds to Rampant Flu Outbreak

Friday, January 11, 2013

Flu season is back, and this year's strain of the virus is especially brutal. But why is the 2013 influenza strain so bad? Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the CDC's Influenza Division, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Going Around

Friday, January 11, 2013

Infectious disease specialist Kent Sepkowitz explains the science behind the current flu outbreak and how to avoid catching what's going around. Plus: Daily News columnist Juan Gonzales on his 25-year career; and the little-known history of South Asian immigrants in late 19th-Century America.

WNYC News

Yes, Flu Season is Worse this Year

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New York is among 29 states reporting high levels of flu-like illnesses, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Michael Specter on the dangers of studying bird flu

Monday, March 05, 2012

Michael Specter on the dangers of studying bird flu.

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Studio 360

Fight on, Brave Soul

Friday, December 04, 2009

It’s official: Studio 360 has a cold.  But I'm inspired by an odd and intriguing ad campaign for HALLS cough drops.  It features snifflers proudly bearing their red noses and eyes, bravely trudging through the season.

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The Takeaway

China Fights H1N1, One Politician at a Time

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

China will be the first country in the world to start a mass vaccination program to inoculate their citizens against the threat of H1N1, commonly known as "swine flu." Shirong Chen, the BBC's China editor, explains that China learned valuable lessons from their experience with the SARS virus. He also offers an explanation for why China has opted to first inoculate the politicians and the participants in the National Day Parade.

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