Hurricane Michael, CDC in DRC, supplement safety, stillbirth prevention, flu shot

NPR – ‘This is a war zone’: Hurricane Michael leaves deadly trail through southeast

Five deaths were reported in Virginia, in addition to four in Florida, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina. More than 1 million people are without electricity, and areas along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere report severe outages of cellphone service and other communications.

STAT – Ebola experts from CDC were pulled from outbreak zone amid security concern

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was forced to withdraw its Ebola experts from an outbreak zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo several weeks ago amid heightened security concerns

Independent – Hundreds of dietary supplements contain potentially ‘dangerous’ ingredients, finds study

Researchers from the California Department of Public Health found that, from 2007 to 2016, 776 products marketed as dietary supplements contained hidden ingredients that are unsafe or unstudied.

The Washington Post – Pregnant women are told to count fetal kicks to help prevent stillbirths

“Mom is the best evaluator of the baby’s status,” Collins said. “Educating moms about kick counts is the path to preventing stillbirth.”

NPR – Last year, the flu put him in a coma. This year he’s getting the shot

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu, or flu-related complications, last winter, according to initial estimates from CDC presented in September.