CDC

Fighting Words

After Leaving Thousands in Agony, the CDC Is Finally Clarifying Its Painkiller Restrictions

The agency is addressing the widespread suffering caused by the crackdown on opioids—the result of predictable misapplication of its guidelines.
Maia Szalavitz
4.25.19
Drugs

The New Report on Kratom Overdoses Is Scary But Kind of Misleading

Almost all of those who tested positive for kratom also tested positive for other substances.
Jesse Hicks
4.15.19
hedgehogs

Stop Kissing Your Hedgehogs or You Might Get Salmonella, CDC Warns

According to the CDC, there’s a salmonella outbreak in 11 states that has been linked to contact with hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are cancelled.
Caroline Haskins
1.28.19
Motherboard

Scientists Found Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Space

NASA scientists found drug-resistant strains of bacteria in the ISS toilets, but say they pose no threat to the astronauts—for now.
Becky Ferreira
11.27.18
food poisoning

CDC Says Drop the Romaine and Bleach Your Fridge

To be safe, don't even look at any lettuce this weekend.
Bettina Makalintal
11.21.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The CDC Had to Screen Two More Planes a Day After That Emirates Flight

Twelve passengers on two American Airlines planes from Europe reported feeling flu-like symptoms before landing in Philadelphia.
River Donaghey
9.7.18
Asking for a friend

How Gross Is the Hot Tub in My Hotel or Spa?

Hot tubs are frequent transfer stations for bacteria, including one type of infection known as "hot tub rash."
Nick Keppler
6.6.18
yikes

The CDC Says Synthetic Weed May Be Contaminated With Rat Poison

They found that, of the 202 reported cases of unexplained bleeding nationwide, 95 patients tested positive for brodifacoum, a chemical used as rat poison.
Jesse Hicks
5.29.18
Good Twitter

An Oral History of the CDC Putting Ticks on a Muffin

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s infamous poppy seed muffin tweet.
Sarah Emerson
5.16.18
survival guide

This Is What It Would Take to Turn a Virus into a Weapon

“A well-funded organization with scientific expertise and the resources to grow, manipulate, or release agents, and the motivation to actually use them—that’s the worst-case scenario."
Abigail Fagan
4.7.18
survival guide

This Is What It Would Take to Turn a Virus Into a Weapon

“A well-funded organization with scientific expertise and the resources to grow, manipulate, or release agents, and the motivation to actually use them—that’s the worst case scenario."
Abigail Fagan
4.4.18
government shutdown

Government Shutdowns Are a Disaster for Scientific Research

NASA, the NIH and CDC were some of the biggest victims of the last government shutdown in 2013.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.22.18
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