Forecasting flu season can be as tricky as predicting a horse race.
You look for the most likely candidate to dominate the race, and that’s where you bet most of your money, sparing some for the potential second- and third-place finishers.
Every year, world health officials look at existing flu strains and pick the ones they think are most likely to circulate in the coming season. And there’s a lot riding on it – vaccine manufacturers use those predictions in creating the vaccine for the coming flu season. (more…)
About 23,000 people are diagnosed each year with brain cancer in the U.S. And about 14,000 people will die of the disease each year. Despite these startling numbers, many people remain unaware of brain cancer and the warning signs, something the organizers of Pittsburgh’s first Brain Cancer Awareness 5K hope to change. (more…)
Earlier this year, baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of salivary cancer at age 54, something he had attributed to his use of smokeless tobacco. Now another well-known former professional baseball player is coming forward to talk about his cancer and longtime use of chewing tobacco.
On Wednesday, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said he was diagnosed earlier this year with squamous cell carcinoma, or cancer of the mouth. Schilling said the cancer was caught early, thanks to a lump in his throat, and that he has no doubt chewing tobacco played a role in his diagnosis. (more…)
Pitt’s student union opened its doors last month to roughly 500 day campers from Pittsburgh area YMCAs and YWCAs for “Sciencepalooza 2014.” Seventy students and faculty from Pitt Science Outreach volunteered at the event, which is designed to engage and excite kids about science through interactive activities and experiments. (more…)
University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research scientist Amy Hartman, Ph.D., has a pretty good idea what the 50 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employees sent to Africa for the latest Ebola outbreak are dealing with.
After all, she was in their shoes nearly a decade ago. (more…)