Rochester, Minnesota - Zika isn’t the only health concern now that the games have begun in Rio. Massive crowds from around the globe will be at the Olympics, and that means a world-class array of germs will mix with them. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Gregory Poland, M.D., offers several tips for avoiding illness when you are around lots of people, whether at the Olympics, a professional sports event, convention, concert or other major event.

Rochester, Minnesota - Incidence of head and neck cancers – usually defined as malignancies above the collarbone but outside the brain – are on the rise, according to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS).  The most common is thyroid cancer, with more than 62,000 cases annually.

Durham, North Carolina - Physical declines begin sooner in life than typically detected, often when people are still in their 50s, according to a Duke Health study that focused on a large group of U.S. adults across a variety of age groups.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epclusa to treat adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) both with and without cirrhosis (advanced liver disease). For patients with moderate to severe cirrhosis (decompensated cirrhosis), Epclusa is approved for use in combination with the drug ribavirin. Epclusa is a fixed-dose combination tablet containing sofosbuvir, a drug approved in 2013, and velpatasvir, a new drug, and is the first to treat all six major forms of HCV.

Washington, DC - AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are issuing a critical appeal for blood and platelet donors across the country. With the nation’s blood supply facing significantly low inventory levels, the blood community encourages individuals throughout the U.S. to schedule an appointment to donate.

Washington, DC - As pharma and insurance company behemoths lock horns in a battle over profits, Consumer Reports finds consumers are reeling from the rampant rise in drug prices. Nearly one-third of Americans polled by Consumer Reports said they had experienced a drug price hike in the past year, shelling out a total of $2 billion more for a drug they routinely take.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Among Nevada’s troubling health care stats: The state lacks an officially designated National Cancer Institute (NCI). Elsewhere such institutes have been responsible for many treatment breakthroughs and give their communities access to potentially life-saving research trials. One of the newest hires at UNLV’s School of Medicine aims to change that.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Clark County's Department of Air Quality (DAQ) extended an advisory for today through Thursday, June 30, for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke due to wildfires burning in the Southern California and the local Lovell Canyon fire. Air Quality officials say smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation.

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Every woman who has ever had a baby shower has had to sit through the gruesome war stories about labor and childbirth.

Las Vegas, Nevada - With Fourth of July celebrations coming soon, Clark County has partnered with area police, fire and other     public agencies on an outreach effort aimed at reminding residents that only fireworks labeled "safe and sane" are legal for use in Clark County, and only from Tuesday, June 28, through Monday, July 4, when it's legal for authorized vendors to sell them.