In December, Cold and Flu Reports Hit Unusual Highs. Have Fun in January

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Last month, an average of 4 percent of Americans reported being sick with the flu on any given day, according to a Gallup report released January 8. Because December isn't even peak flu month — reports tend to be their highest in January and February — pollsters say this just might become "the worst flu season in Gallup's records." (January 2013 saw an all-time high of 4.7 percent.)

What makes this year's flu so terrible?


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Letter Grades Idea for NYC Salons Floated After Borough President's Horrifying Experience

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What are you going to take home from YOUR pedicure?

Hepatitis.

Staphylococcus.

MRSA.

You probably don't want to think about these diseases when you go to the nail salon for a pedicure. But if your salon technicians aren't properly sanitizing their equipment, you could be at risk for these any time you stick your foot in the whirlpool.

That's why Councilmember Rafael Espinal and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. have just introduced a resolution to the City Council, asking New York State for the right to regulate salons, barbershops, and spas.


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Why Does Penn Station Only Have Six Public Bathrooms for 650,000 People?

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You've made it to Penn! Just don't pee with excitement.
Penn Station entertains 650,000 visitors each day. And if at any given time even a small fraction of them want to use the bathroom, there's a good chance they could be waiting awhile.

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You Can Now Try Hangover-Curing IV Drips on a Bus With Other Hungover People

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Why take pain meds at home when you can get an IV on a bus?
If you're going to pay $500 for bottle service anyway, what's $75 to cure your hangover the next day?

That's the logic behind the Hangover Club: a business that offers an IV drip for people who need to bounce back from the nausea, headaches, and feelings of despair/shame brought on by overindulging in the sauce.


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There Aren't as Many Rats as Humans in NYC. Stop Saying That

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A recent study estimates that there are about 2 million rats in New York City, thus busting the urban myth that there are as many rats as people -- around 8 million -- in the Big Apple.

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357 People in New York City Are on Ebola Watch

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Updated throughout, 3:45 p.m. Just when the rush from riding a subway possibly infected with Ebola virus was starting to wear off, out comes a new statistic to strike fear into the hearts of New Yorkers across all five boroughs. According to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation on Wednesday afternoon, 357 people in New York City are being actively monitored for symptoms of Ebola.

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Video: Ebola Explained Like You're Five Years Old

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Kids: They're dumb! If you want to explain anything to them, you'll need to do it in very, very simple terms. Adults are dumb too! Or misinformed, or just confused, and sometimes they need things explained to them in simple terms too. That is the basic premise of the popular subreddit "Explain Like I'm Five."

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Feverish 5-Year-Old Now Being Tested for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital

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Mayor de Blasio visited Bellevue Hospital on Sunday to thank doctors and nurses caring for New York's first confirmed Ebola patient.
After a weekend filled with debate over controversial quarantine measures instituted in New York and New Jersey, there are concerns Monday that there may be a second Ebola patient in New York City.

On Sunday night EMS Hazardous Material Tactical Units transported a five-year-old child from his home in the Bronx to Bellevue Hospital, responding to a report that the boy had developed a 103-degree fever after returning Saturday from a trip to Guinea with his family.

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Ebola Is Here, Twitter Freaks Out Vol. 2 [UPDATED]

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We all know his name. We all know where he lives. We all know where he bowls. Social media has absolutely exploded in the 15-or-so hours since New York City announced its first confirmed Ebola case. New Yorkers have had much to say about the city's response (de Blasio's got this, btw), the fear-stoking media coverage, the alarmist public reaction, and the patient himself -- Dr. Craig Spencer, to those who passed out before 9 p.m. last night and are only just now waking up. The Village Voice is wading through Twitter to find our favorite responses to the thus-far-not-really-a-crisis. We'll keep adding to the list as long as you all keep sending your thoughts out into the world. Since there's no chance of that not happening, who knows how long we can keep this up.

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Cuomo Says the 'Situation Is Under Control' in NYC While Ebola Breaks Twitter

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Cuomo: "We're doing everything we should be doing."
Reaction to the first reported case of Ebola in New York City ranged from swift and measured to explosive and histrionic as the city familiarized itself with Dr. Craig Spencer, his exercise habits, and his bowling game.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo called a 9 p.m. press conference to reassure the city that the case involving the 33-year-old Spencer, recently returned from a Doctors Without Borders mission in Guinea, is an isolated incident that has been handled properly and expertly by the New York City Department of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, first responders, and Bellevue Hospital medical staff.

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