Andrea Michelson

Andrea is a Junior Reporter at Insider. She writes about a wide range of topics including COVID-19, cannabis, and mental health.

Andrea graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and global health, in March 2020. She then went on to track the first COVID-19 cases in the US with the New York Times, before landing at Insider later that year. She has previously written for Smithsonian magazine and the Chicago Reader. You can reach her with any story tips at amichelson@insider.com.

Health 2022-08-25T22:07:24Z

CDC investigating Wendy's food amid E. coli outbreak that's left 8 people with kidney failure

Wendy's is removing the lettuce from sandwiches in affected regions. At least 84 people have been sickened across four states, the CDC says.
Health 2022-08-25T17:21:00Z

In one day, a man was diagnosed with monkeypox, HIV, and COVID-19

The 36-year-old man came back from vacation, tested positive for COVID, then noticed a blistering rash. He was soon diagnosed with monkeypox and HIV.
Health 2022-08-24T21:29:15Z

Life expectancy is falling in the US — these maps show how much it has dropped per state

Life expectancy declined in the US and around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an increase in accidental deaths.
Health 2022-08-24T13:16:34Z

Map shows the average life expectancy for people in each state

Hawaii had the highest average life expectancy of any state, and Mississippi had the lowest, according to the CDC report.
Health 2022-08-23T16:44:28Z

Scientists have discovered a cheap soapy solution that can destroy 'forever chemicals' — toxins in household products linked to cancer risk

Researchers at Northwestern University found that a chemical byproduct previously used in bladder pain medication can trigger PFAS breakdown.
Health 2022-08-18T16:53:26Z

9 symptoms of the rare brain-eating amoeba infection

A person who went swimming in Missouri died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba, as did a child who swam in Nebraska. Here are the signs to spot.
Health 2022-08-18T15:28:57Z

A child has died of a suspected brain-eating amoeba infection after swimming in a river in Nebraska

The child died this week after swimming in the Elkhorn River. N. fowleri — known as a brain-eating amoeba — is found in freshwater lakes and rivers.
Health 2022-08-17T16:26:21Z

2 people hospitalized in New York City after mosquito bites left them with life-threatening West Nile virus

A record number of mosquitoes in New York City have been detected to carry West Nile virus, which can cause fevers and brain swelling in severe cases.
Health 2022-08-16T20:50:34Z

A dog tested positive for monkeypox, and may have contracted the virus from his owners, raising questions about human-to-animal transmission

A couple in Paris both showed symptoms of monkeypox 12 days before their Italian greyhound developed similar pus-filled blisters.
Health 2022-08-15T09:00:00Z

A woman was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer after doctors sent her home with cough syrup

Alix Burnard, 29, said she was so sick that she couldn't leave the house without a cup to catch her phlegm and eventually couldn't climb stairs.
Health 2022-08-12T20:18:46Z

8 celebrities who had polio and described their experiences, from paralysis to having their belongings burned

Singers Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and actors Mia Farrow and Donald Sutherland are among the many famous folks who grew up in the era of polio.
Health 2022-08-11T22:00:14Z

A new virus in China sparked panic after jumping from shrews to humans, but experts say it probably isn't as concerning as COVID. Here's why.

No one has died of Langya virus infection to date, and researchers have not found any evidence of human-to-human transmission.
Health 2022-08-10T17:04:21Z

Landmark human study finds a link between 'forever chemicals' in cookware and liver cancer

Researchers at the University of Southern California studied blood and tissue samples from people who got liver cancer and those who did not.
Health 2022-08-09T19:24:57Z

A teen who narrowly survived a brain-eating amoeba describes his unusual symptoms, and how he relearned to walk after recovering

Sebastian Deleon, now 22, was placed in a coma as doctors treated his amoeba infection that kills most who get it. A groundbreaking drug saved him.
Health 2022-08-05T20:50:50Z

Kim Kardashian says she got 'painful' laser treatment to tighten her stomach and it was a 'game-changer.' Here's how it works.

Morpheus8 is a tightening, skin-smoothing procedure that combines microneedling and radiofrequency waves to stimulate collagen production.
Health 2022-08-05T19:12:03Z

Medical weed recalled after tests reveal traces of E. coli and salmonella

Regulators in Oklahoma recalled 99 medical cannabis products after they were found to have failed tests for bacteria and mold.
Health 2022-08-05T11:53:11Z

How monkeypox transmits from person to person, and how to prevent infection

People mostly catch monkeypox through direct or intimate contact with an infected person, or from touching contaminated objects.
Health 2022-08-04T16:33:56Z

A woman's benign skin tumors were mistaken for monkeypox in a TikTok video filmed without her consent

Lily Simon has NF1, a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow on her skin. A stranger mistook the tumors for monkeypox.
Health 2022-08-02T21:10:03Z

Parents may be accidentally overdosing their kids with mislabeled melatonin, lawsuit alleges

A lawsuit filed in California alleges a bottle of 1mg Zarbee's melatonin gummies for children contained double the dose, risking nausea and headaches.
Health 2022-08-01T20:50:47Z

Conjoined twins whose brains were fused together have been separated in a 27-hour surgery

An international surgical team separated twin boys who were joined at the head. Conjoined twins are rare, and less than 5% involve fused skulls.
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