Whooping Cough Is Surging in China With Tens of Thousands of Cases and Over a Dozen Deaths

Whooping cough is making a post-pandemic comeback in China, with cases surging more than 20-fold in the first two months of 2024. The world’s second-most populous country reported a combined 32,380 cases of pertussis—more commonly known as whooping cough—in January and February, compared with 1,421 cases during the same period in 2023, according to the … Read more

Puerto Rico Declares Public Health Emergency as Dengue Cases Rise

Puerto Rico declared a public health emergency over dengue, a mosquito-borne illness that has surged throughout the Americas this year. Read More: Dengue Fever Is Soaring Worldwide. Here’s What to Know—and How to Stay Protected Health officials in Puerto Rico have identified 549 cases of dengue across the U.S. territory of 3.2 million people, with … Read more

What to Know About Sports Betting and Problem Gambling Amid Ohtani Scrutiny

The firing of Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter and close friend after allegations of illegal gambling and theft from the Japanese baseball player is shining renewed attention on compulsive gambling. The team fired interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, who has been Ohtani’s constant companion since the star came to the U.S in 2017, on Wednesday … Read more

New Zealand Becomes the Latest Country to Crack Down on Disposable Vapes

After scrapping a plan several months ago to ban people born after 2008 from buying tobacco cigarettes, the New Zealand government on Wednesday announced a total ban on single-use e-cigarettes—also known as disposable vapes—and said it will increase the fines on retailers selling cigarettes and vapes to those under 18, in the country’s latest approach … Read more