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Drop in Health Care-Acquired Infections Points the Way to Progress

Sometimes the news is good. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that health care-acquired infections (HAIs) are decreasing in the nation's hospitals. Dropping fastest are central line-associated...Show More Summary

FoodNet Report: Pathogen Infection Rates Still ‘Well Above’ Government Targets

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report card on the trends in foodborne illnesses on Thursday, and, in general, not much has changed from previous years. According to the Foodborne Diseases Active...Show More Summary

Salmonella cases down, but watch out for other foodborne bacteria

yesterdayHealth : The Chart

You might want to think twice before heading out to your favorite oyster bar. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual report card on foodborne illnesses, vibrio infections – most frequently found in raw or undercooked shellfish - have increased by 75% since the CDC's previous analysis period, 2006-2008. That's about 6,600 cases for […]

This Genius Door Handle Could Help Stop Doctors From Spreading Dangerous Bacteria

Hospitals aren't always safe places. In 2011, more than 700,000 people actually got an infection while they were in a U.S. hospital, according to a study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's one out of every 25 patients. Show More Summary

CDC: Drowning deaths have declined, except among older Americans

2 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Some good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as swimsuit season approaches: People don’t seem to be drowning as often as they used to. Unintentional drowning deaths in the United States decreased 9 percent between 1999 and 2010, according to figures released Tuesday morning, with the sharpest decline among infants under 1. Show More Summary

Research: Controlling blackhead disease in US poultry

Blackhead disease in poultry has been studied in a research project funded by USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

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[Content Note: Animal testing.]"One of the key goals in regenerative medicine is harnessing the body's own repair mechanisms and manipulating these in a controlled way to treat disease. This interesting study suggests that organ regeneration...Show More Summary

Innovations: We need a better explanation for the surge in autism

last weekHealth : The Checkup

The latest numbers from the Center for Disease Control showing a steep rise in the number of children with autism are so off the charts that it’s hard not to come to one of two conclusions: There’s something wrong in the way that we measure the data or there’s something extraordinary going on. Show More Summary

The Anti-Choice Agenda to Deny Information and Reproductive-Health Care

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a new report out on teen pregnancy, and called out how ineffective "abstinence-only" programs really are: "Only four out of 10 [teenagers] said they had been given information both on how to say no to sex and about birth control. Show More Summary

More people sickened by Foster Farms salmonella outbreak

More than two months after declaring the outbreak over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an additional 43 people have been sickened by strains of salmonella linked to Foster Farms poultry.

Cruise Ship Illnesses On The Rise, Companies Search For Answers

A dramatic rise in cruise ship illnesses has the industry working with the Centers for Disease Control to find a way to prevent the number of outbreaks. There have been a spate of cruise ship illnesses crop up within the past few years, ones that spread quickly through passengers and often cause ships to race

The side-effects of surviving HIV

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

There are side-effects to being an HIV controller — a person whose body naturally suppresses the virus without medication. They have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more...

All in the Family: Tunisia as a Case Study in State Capture, aka Kleptocracy

If kleptocracy is a disease, Tunisia is in Stage 4. Its ruling family that controlled an impressive swathe of the economy. But what is sobering about the Tunisian case study is that an overthrow of the government has done little to reverse the concentration of wealth and power. Show More Summary

CAP Awarded More Than $1.25 Million in CDC Grants

The College of American Pathologists was awarded more than $1.25 million by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve adoption of evidence-based, laboratory testing guidelines and biomarker cancer reporting.

CDC: Listeria Probably Contaminated WI Cheese During Production Process

A Listeria outbreak in the Midwest linked to one death and a miscarriage likely was caused by contamination during the cheese-making process, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Inspection...Show More Summary

Sea otters can get the flu, too

Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus that caused the world-wide pandemic in 2009, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Show More Summary

Teen birth rates have plunged but many concerns remain about 15- to 17-year-olds

last weekHealth : The Checkup

The plunge in teenage birth rates to historic lows has been well-documented, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weighed in Tuesday with its own report on progress over the past 20 years. During that period, births to girls aged 15-19 dropped from 84.1 per 1,000 teens in 1991 t0 29.4 in 2012. Read full article >>

7 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Autism

You’ve probably heard this statistic by now: 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released this statistic from their most recent report just in time for April, which is Autism Awareness Month. The report, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years made headlines across Keep Reading ?

World Heath Day: Combatting Vector-borne Diseases a Priority

The UN marks World Health Day today by urging the international community to prioritize controlling the spread of vector-borne diseases, a step towards ensuring that dying from the bite of a mosquito or a tick becomes a thing of the past.

FDA Approves Evzio, an Auto-Injecting Syringe for Opioid Overdose (VIDEO)

Jim Morrison should have had this one. But seriously, drug addiction is a debilitating, dangerous, and often fatal condition. According to a 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, drug overdose deaths have been steadily increasing for over a decade, and now account for 16,000 deaths per year in the United States. Show More Summary

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