Fair to middling

Last year’s flu vaccine was a bit less effective than usual for people under 65 (42 percent, the CDC figures), but for older folks it was virtually ineffective.

Iffy about research out of China?

You’re not alone, of course, but you might have less to worry about. The country is considering the death penalty for research fraud.

A tick bite could make you allergic to … meat?

Yep. Watch out for the Lone Star tick, notable for the spot on its back. Luckily, it’s a lot larger than the deer ticks that spread West Nile Virus.

The power of communication

You get a prescription for a patient that isn’t covered by his insurance. Have you considered texting him immediately? Here’s a story about why you might.

Extra virgin olive oil prevents Alzheimer’s!!!!!1!!!

Time to start chugging a bottle or two a day! (Reality: one study from one university found that “mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rodents who didn’t eat the oil.”