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Bruno Mbango Enyaka gets his flu shot at a community health center in Portland, Maine, on Jan. 7.

This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Pretty Wimpy, But Can Still Help

As expected, this year's flu vaccine looks like it's pretty much of a dud.

The vaccine only appears to cut the chances that someone will end up sick with the flu by 23 percent, according to the first estimate of the vaccine's effectiveness by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Leana Wen became Baltimore's health commissioner on Thursday.

Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

When I was just beginning my third year as a medical student, I learned an important lesson about what matters most in health.

It was a typical summer afternoon in St. Louis, with the temperature and humidity both approaching 100. My patient was a woman in her 40s who was being admitted to the hospital because her lungs were filling with fluid, a complication of kidney failure. She had missed all three dialysis appointments that week.

University of Hawaii students sit together to show the ethnic differences of Hawaii's population in 1948.

Hawaii As 'Racial Paradise'? Bid For Obama Library Invokes A Complex Past

Sometime in March, Barack Obama is expected to announce his choice of the institution that will hold his presidential archive. Vying for the honor (and the money that comes with it) are the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York, and the University of Hawai'i (the Hawaiian language spelling of the state's name).

A vendor reaches out to catch a pineapple at a food market in the outskirts of Havana.

Mojito Diplomacy: Chefs Plan Culinary Tours To Cuba

Miami Chef Douglas Rodriguez is known as the "Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine" for the pan-Latin American style of cooking he helped pioneer. But, as the son of Cuban immigrants, his early cooking education was firmly rooted in the traditions of his parents' homeland.

Army OKs Female Soldiers For Ranger Training Program

Women will be allowed to take part in the Army's Ranger training program for the first time, an Army spokesman said today.

This photo was taken in November, a tough month for Sierra Leone, with Ebola cases reportedly on the rise. A staff member is disinfecting an office where Dr. Komba Songu M'Briwah talks on the phone.

Prediction: All Predictions About Ebola Are Unpredictable

Throughout the Ebola outbreak the two big questions have always been: How bad is this going to get? And when is it going to end?

Current data show that the numbers of new cases are dropping in all three of the hardest-hit West African countries. A new study predicts Ebola could be eliminated from Liberia by June.

But Ebola specialists are leery of predictions, even from the most reputable of sources.

In this June 27, 2006, file photo U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The U.S. announced the transfer of four detainees from Guantanamo to Oman; one will go to Estonia.

4 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred To Oman, 1 To Estonia

The U.S. has transferred five detainees from Guantanamo Bay — four to Oman and one to Estonia, the Defense Department says. The transfers bring to 122 the number of detainees who remain at the military prison.

U.S. Eases Travel, Financial Restrictions On Cuba

The United States took a big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba by easing some travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades.

The Treasury and Commerce departments announced that the new rules take effect on Friday. According to The Hill, the new rules mean:

-- Travelers who meet certain criteria will no longer need to apply for a license from the Treasury department to travel to Cuba.

In <em>Birdman, </em>Michael Keaton (a real-life former Batman) plays a former movie superhero who's trying to get a grasp on his career.

At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion I had with Stephen Thompson, my Pop Culture Happy Hour co-panelist, about the Oscar nominations. Tomorrow's full PCHH episode more fully covers the film Selma.]

Satellite image of dense housing in Doro Baga taken on Jan. 7, following an attack by Boko Haram. This shows almost all the structures razed. The inset demonstrates the level of destruction of most of the structures in the town. The red areas indicate the remaining healthy vegetation.

Satellite Images Show 'Catastrophic' Destruction Of Boko Haram Attack In Nigeria

Amnesty International has released stunning satellite imagery that it says "show devastation of catastrophic proportions" in Baga and Doron Baga, two towns in northeastern Nigeria that were attacked by Boko Haram.

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