Report Confirms Dangerous Lead Levels in Children During Flint Water Crisis 

Hannah Gold · 06/25/16 10:25AM

Lead levels that shoot above 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood in children under the age of six are considered dangerous and can inhibit the child’s growth and cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems. A report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday found the odds of a young child living in Flint Michigan contracting such high levels of lead in their blood system rose by 50 percent after the city switched its water supply from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River in April 2014.

Man on Daily PrEP Regimen Contracts HIV, According to Study

Rich Juzwiak · 02/25/16 01:20PM

The first case of HIV contraction in a person taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis, or a antiretroviral drug cocktail used to protect people from contracting HIV) daily has been documented and presented by David Knox, MD, an HIV specialist at the Maple Leaf Medical Clinic, at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, according to Benjamin Ryan at Poz. Ryan reports:

Dallas Hospital Was Totally Unprepared for Ebola Patient

Gabrielle Bluestone · 10/14/14 11:22PM

The Dallas hospital that treated Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan didn't have appropriate protective gear and reportedly left him in a room with other patients for "several hours" before ultimately putting him in isolation, exposing at least 76 people.

Rich Juzwiak · 07/15/14 02:56PM

A new CDC survey suggests the U.S.'s LGB population is smaller than suspected: "96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1% of adults identified as 'something else,' stated 'I don't know the answer,' or refused to provide an answer."

CDC: 75 Scientists Potentially Exposed to Anthrax

Aleksander Chan · 06/19/14 06:30PM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that up to 75 of its scientists may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria in its laboratories in Atlanta. According to Reuters, the scientists were exposed after staff at a high-level biosecurity lab failed to follow the proper procedures to render the live anthrax bacteria inactive. So far, the CDC reports, none of the potentially exposed staff has reported any symptoms.

Rich Juzwiak · 05/15/14 08:55AM

The C.D.C. made a statement in support of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis in the form of the pill Truvada) on Wednesday. The institute recommends PrEP for people "at substantial risk for HIV," including men who have sex with men without condoms, HIV negative people in serodiscordant couples, and intravenous drug users.

Activists Are Fighting to Drink Illegal Raw Milk

Hazel Cills · 04/06/14 10:40AM

Food activists and anti-regulation libertarians are fighting for their right to drink unpasteurized milk in peace, even though illnesses connected to drinking it are rising.

Lacey Donohue · 11/24/13 11:18PM

Nearly 11 percent of children in the United States between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to CDC researchers. Two-thirds of those children are currently being medicated.

This Week in Vomiting

Mallory Ortberg · 01/05/13 03:08PM

It's hard to believe that only yesterday io9 introduced us to "Vomiting Larry,", the mannequin-like robot designed to vomit on command "not just forcefully, but in an anatomically accurate fashion." In some ways it feels like old Larry's been with us for years, teaching us all how to vomit correctly. But he's not just a novelty vomiting robot; he's here to help scientists stop the spread of the stomach flu:

Baby Boomers, You May Already Be Infected

Louis Peitzman · 05/19/12 12:07PM

Good news, hypochondriacs — here's something new to worry about. On Friday, the CDC issued draft recommendations urging all baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) to get tested for hepatitis C. Of the 3.2 million Americans with hep C, 2 million are baby boomers. And they might not know it.