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How Is the U.S. Going to Fight the Coronavirus?

This week, the other shoe dropped for people living in the U.S. worried about the spread of the new coronavirus. Officials have reported the first local cases of the respiratory illness, COVID-19, in California. The virus is here—and has probably been here for some time—and the U.S. is almost certain to face the sort…

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Red Pandas Might Actually Be Two Species

Scientists think they’ve helped settle a debate over one of the most endangered (and cutest) animals around: the red panda. New genetic evidence suggests there are really two different species of red panda, each with a unique evolutionary history.

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Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans Because of the Coronavirus?

As an outbreak of a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus is poised to spread across the globe, people in largely unaffected places like the U.S. might worry about visiting areas where the virus is spreading or traveling by air at all. The answer to whether you should cancel existing travel plans, however, is complicated.

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CDC Warns Coronavirus Outbreaks Likely to Hit U.S.

On Tuesday, health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a dire warning: The U.S. will almost certainly not be spared from the outbreak of a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus that threatens to sweep across the globe. It’s only a matter of time before the virus will start to spread…

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Four Babies in NYC Have Recently Gotten Herpes From Controversial Circumcision Ritual

A seldom-practiced religious ritual has led to a cluster of herpes cases among infants, New York City health officials said Sunday. At least four infants have contracted the potentially fatal viral disease since last September, all after undergoing a circumcision during which the circumciser placed their mouth on the…

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No Pandemic… Yet: WHO Holds Back as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads Globally

A deadly new coronavirus is now clearly spreading across the globe—with hundreds of reported local cases surging in countries outside China, previously the sole epicenter of the outbreak. But for the time being, the World Health Organization said on Monday that it will not declare the outbreak a pandemic, believing…

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Things Are Not Looking Good for Stopping the Coronavirus

The prospect that the new coronavirus, whose outbreak has been so far largely confined to China, could soon be a pandemic is looming closer to reality. This week, several countries have reported local clusters of the disease outside of mainland China, suggesting the virus is freely circulating there. Meanwhile, a new…

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A Study Linking E-Cigs to Heart Attacks Was Just Retracted—What Does That Mean for Vaping’s Health Risks?

This week, a study that had suggested using e-cigarettes could increase the risk of heart attack was retracted, following an investigation by the journal’s editors that deemed its findings “unreliable.” But does the retraction mean vaping is safe, and should we be concerned about the validity of other vaping research?

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