Deadly Fungal Infections in U.S. Hospitals Are Up 95%

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking the rise of a deadly, treatment-resistant fungus that’s causing outbreaks in a growing number of health care facilities across the country. New data compiled by a CDC research team, published Mar. 21 in Annals of Internal Medicine, show that Candida auris infections have increased … Read more

Sick With Something That Isn’t COVID-19 or the Flu? Here’s What It Might Be

Flu season is wrapping up, and weekly COVID-19 diagnoses are declining. But if you’re currently sick with a respiratory illness, you’re not alone. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that a mixture of respiratory viruses are circulating right now, including common coronaviruses (other than SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19), respiratory … Read more

How Climate Change Affects the Spread of Lyme Disease

The warming world can be a hospitable place for blacklegged ticks, which carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. They thrive in temperatures at or above 7.2º C (45º F) and at 82% or greater humidity (the warmer and wetter, the better). As climate change steadily bakes the planet—with shorter, milder winters and longer, hotter … Read more

More Younger Adults Are Getting Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is striking younger American adults with greater frequency, and more tumors are being detected in advanced stages, worrying shifts in the occurrence of the potentially lethal disease that are sparking calls for wider screening and prevention measures. About 20% of people with colon cancer in 2019 were under the age of 55, almost … Read more