Miami's viral disease specialists went on high alert yesterday after a boy visiting from West Africa showed up at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach with flu-like symptoms. Was it ebola? The boy was quickly taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where nearby streets were blocked, hazmat crews we ... More >>
A potential case of ebola is being treated at a Miami-area hospital. NBC Miami has confirmed that news with the Center for Disease Control, but little else is known at this time. The patient's name and background and the specific hospital where they are being treated have not yet been released.
Autism is in the forefront of the news these days with good reason. Classified as a disorder of neural development, around one in 68 American children identify on the autism spectrum, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's a startling statistic made even more star ... More >>
The nationwide salmonella outbreak has hit Miami-Dade County. Three cases were reported here in an outbreak that is believed to have started with a chicken producer all the way in California.
The same week President Obama added a new dog to his family, he's also come out against breed-specific legislation that forbids ownership of certain types of dogs. The White House responded to a "We the People" petition calling for the ban of all breed-specific legislation and claimed laws like Miam ... More >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blames solanum. In Miami, early reports after an alleged outbreak in 2012 suggested bath salts. And in Brad Pitt's forthcoming film, World War Z, it's a global pandemic. Yes, zombie attacks are on the rise and pose a bigger threat to Western civilizat ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke responds to a BET columnist's criticisms. Two days ago, Cord Jefferson, a young columnist for BET Networks looking to build a name ... More >>
Three months ago, Michael Stec could bench-press 275 pounds. Now the 56-year-old struggles to walk, gripping tightly to the parallel bars at Mercy Hospital, his legs buckling underneath him like broken stilts.Most people never know how they get sick. But Stec says he can pinpoint the exact moment. H ... More >>
Like an impending tornado, the flu is circling, looming and ready to strike. The CDC estimates that 128 million doses of the flu vaccine have already been administered as of this month, which is a whopping 95 percent of the total manufacturers planned to produce all year. Boston even declared a publ ... More >>
Picture this: A flight with passengers from Uganda just touched down at Miami International Airport. As the visitors inch toward the terminal, one pauses in the aisle and wipes a speck of blood from his earlobe. Suddenly sweat runs down his cheeks; his eyes are inky red. He lets out a guttural moan ... More >>
This Fourth of July, many Americans will be going out to pick up the hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken carcasses they like to throw over the fire pit while the fireworks screech overhead. The head of the household will man the grill, bragging about his or her ability to rotate the meat at precisely ... More >>
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, but it should be renamed the "Year of the Salmon--ella outbreak and consequent civil suits."Too long?Two lawsuits due to salmonella poisoning have been filed against Taco Bell this year. The second lawsuit, also filed by Marler Clark, ... More >>
The First Lady has made healthy eating her priority, but her husband's stimulus package hasn't helped as much as hopedRemember President Obama's stimulus package? The $787 billion bill was supposed to goose this country's ailing economy like a line of premium yeyo. Here in Miami, it was also book ... More >>
In our experience, trips to Miami International Airport are anything but good for our health. Between the stress of parking and getting through security to the greasy cheese pizza we shovel down before running onto a flight, every airport trip feels like it takes a year off our life.But according ... More >>
Despite being a common practice in developed countries for nearly 70 years and dubbed "one of the greatest public health achievements of the century" by the CDC, water fluoridation has joined the likes of Charlie Crist and Barack Obama as the latest enemy of the Tea Party in Florida. Tea Par ... More >>
2 million: Dogs and cats abused and killed by the international fur industry each year -- including by the Burlington Coat Factory, which used to sell "Mongolian Dog Fur" that was made from domesticated dogs. Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).24: Number of cats it takes to make a fur coat i ... More >>
via Ten ConnectThe apartment where the little boy is believed to have committed suicide. A little after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the parents of 10-year-old Tyriq Ammons sent him to his room for misbehaving. Forty-five minutes later his mother went to check on him. She opened the door to fin ... More >>
You wouldn't like us when we're angry. Nothing pisses us off more than these statisically-flawed, silly little city rankings lists. Just in the past few weeks we've learned that Miami is one of America's most rude, vain, and miserable cities. Fittingly, Men's Health now tells us that when it come ... More >>
Miami-Dade already has cases of hookworm and dengue fever, and now health officials are investigating the possibility that a man with cholera might have entered the county. According to the Miami Herald, a doctor traveling from Haiti arrived at Miami International Airport around 6 p.m. ... More >>
Nina Mathews on flickr Eat me at your own risk.Last year it was peanut butter. Last month it was eggs. Who knows what food-borne illness outbreak will hit us this month. Seems like outbreaks are coming at us faster than New Jersey-based reality TV shows these days. But besides satisfying ... More >>
Chili's cook had Typhoid Fever.The heat is on in the kitchen of Chili's Restaurant at the Bayside location in downtown, and not because of the restaurant's namesake pepper. A Chili's statement confirmed that a former cook at the restaurant was diagnosed with typhoid fever earlier this month ... More >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its long anticipated happiness ratings last week. The study, using data collected from 1.3 million people across the country over the past four years, found that the happiest folks tended to live in states with a high quality of life. No surpri ... More >>
We had our fun popping the balloon of the swine flu, excuse me, H1N1 hysteria, but we never once told you to abandon your hourly ritual of hand sanitizer cleansing. Since Miami is a major hub of international travel, especially to Latin America, it always made sense to us that the strain of flu ... More >>
After a few false alarms, Miami-Dade can now be added to the list of counties with confirmed swine flu cases. Two cases were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health, one involving a 13-year-old girl and another a 47-year-old man. Identities weren't released ... More >>
Gov. Charlie Crist announced today that two cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Florida: a 17-year-old teenage girl who attended Hallendale High School in Broward County and an elementary school boy in Lee County. Earlier, we reported that the 20 suspected cases of H1N1 in Miami-Dade all came ... More >>
He's lucky he doesn't live in D.C.Just catching up on my reading here, and boy is it depressing. An April 10 expose in Salon has embroiled the CDC in a cover-up scandal about lead-tainted water in Washington D.C. Our august Center for Disease Control published studies in 2004 that reassured worried ... More >>
That stuff will kill you If there is anything worse for a restaurant than having one of its customers contract food poisoning, it is having that stricken diner be in the process of reviewing the establishment. The good news for Rotelli Pizza Pasta Perfect, at 501 E. Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, ... More >>
Keep Out! Someone recently regaled me with too many details concerning a bout of food poisoning she suspected having caught at the raw bar of a waterfront seafood restaurant in Coconut Grove. I hear such tales quite often, and as one who dines out multiple times weekly, can sympathize with such hor ... More >>
A rash of grotesque and dangerous staph infections among inmates gets no action from jail officials
Created after the 1980 riots, the Metro Miami Action Plan was supposed to level the playing field for blacks. What happened?
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Indonesian crab-eating macaques are favored by medical researchers. But if Miami primate dealer Matthew Block's late-August shipment was bound for the lab, it never got that far.