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Scientists discover a new blood platelet formation mechanism

A new cellular mechanism, called the endocycle, encourages the formation of platelets, the cells needed to coagulate blood. In mouse models, endocycles can help to control thrombocytopenia, a disease caused by a deficit in platelet production that causes heavy haemorrhaging. The new process could act as an alternative source of platelets when the normal mechanisms fail.

Study on Women’s Painkiller Use Causes Concern Over Hypothetical Embryos, Not Actual Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Thursday showing that opioid painkiller prescription use is really high among women. Analyzing health insurance data claims, researchers found that an average of 39 percent...Show More Summary

Which Cut of Meat Is Least Likely to Make You Sick?

Every time you eat, you're rolling the germ dice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans contracts a foodborne illness annually; 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Pathogens from meat kill more people than those from any other food group. Show More Summary

Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak in Northeast Declared Over with 115 Cases

The Salmonella outbreak connected to bean sprouts that caused at least 115 illnesses in 12 Northeast states has been declared over, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 29 patients were hospitalized. Show More Summary

Most view CDC favorably despite Ebola uproar, survey says

Despite criticism for its response to Ebola in the United States last year, a majority of Americans have a favorable view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

Is Pizza Really A Problem?

Marcotte spotlights a new study published in Pediatrics that warns parents about pizza consumption: Children in this study, which tracked subjects ages 2 to 19 using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, netted 84 extra calories on days they ate pizza, and teenagers netted 230 extra calories over kids who did not eat pizza […]

WHEN CONTROL IS LARGELY AN ILLUSION: Random Chance’s Role in Cancer. Unlike Ebola, flu or poli…

WHEN CONTROL IS LARGELY AN ILLUSION: Random Chance’s Role in Cancer. Unlike Ebola, flu or polio, cancer is a disease that arises from within — a consequence of the mutations that inevitably occur when one of our 50 trillion cells divides and copies its DNA. Some of these genetic misprints are caused by outside agents, […]

The Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Abuse

Drug overdose death rates have never been higher. In the United States alone, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day, most of them caused by prescription drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared prescription drug abuse in the US an epidemic. Prescription drug abuse is defined as taking a medicine […]

Salt Is Not the Killer the Government Says It Is

6 days agoNews : Reason

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend...  ...that everyone age 2 and up should consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day. Some groups of people should further limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day,...Show More Summary

A week-by-week view of flu hospitalizations shows how bad this season really is

6 days agoHealth : The Checkup

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes flu season hospitalizations as a cumulative arc, but if you look at the weekly totals, as we have here, it's clear this season is much worse than any since 2009.Read full article >>

Heart Disease Prevention - Are American Kids Eating Too Much Salt?

Findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that more than 90 percent of kids are eating far too much salt, which is not coming from the saltshaker. An estimated 3,279 milligrams of sodium was consumed daily by the American school-aged children, as stipulated in their report on September 9, 2014. Show More Summary

CDC Still Can’t Research Gun Violence Because Of GOP Congress

Hamstrung by a Congress indebted to the NRA, the Centers for Disease Control is unable to research gun violence, in spite of an order from the White House to do so. The CDC had not touched firearm research since 1996 — when the NRA accused the agency of promoting gun control and Congress threatened to [...]

Despite Obama order, CDC still unable to research gun violence

Add this to the list of things Congress is blocking: Two years ago this week, President Obama ordered the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get back to studying “the causes of gun violence.” But today the CDC still avoids...Show More Summary

1 Death, Two Hospitalized in WA Listeria Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese

State health and agriculture officials in Washington state are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to consumption of Latin-style soft cheese produced by Queseria Bendita of Yakima, WA. As of Jan. 16, 2015, a total of three... Continue Reading

The study that gun-rights activists keep citing but completely misunderstand

Few issues divide people like guns. Just consider the starkly split response to our piece this week about how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still had not resumed researching gun violence, two years after President Obama ordered the agency to do so. Gun rights supporters argue the CDC shouldn't get involved. The agency should stick to […]

More surprising numbers on binge drinking and college students

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Remember that surprising report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed that most people who die from alcohol poisoning are middle-aged men--and not, as you'd easily conclude these days, binge-drinking college students?Read full article >>

Red States Rank High On List Of States With The Most STDs

Sex-education would go a long way in these states. Using Center for Disease Control numbers on STD prevalence in each state, ranked the “sluttiest” states. That’s not an appropriate word, in my opinion. I’d say it’s a lack of education. The site used the following STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – and added [...]

Health Officials: This Season’s Flu Vaccine Only 23% Effective

We were warned, and thus it has come to pass: After the Centers for Disease Control announced at the end of last year that this season’s flu vaccine might not do much to prevent people from getting sick, the agency released results today that show shots have only been about 23% effective. Officials with the CDC say the results … [More]

Lassa fever controls need to consider human-human transmission and role of super spreaders

One in five cases of Lassa fever -- a disease that kills around 5,000 people a year in West Africa -- could be due to human-to-human transmission, with a large proportion of these cases caused by 'super-spreaders,' according to new research.

Dr. Toni Bark on the Illogical NYC Flu Shot Mandate for Preschoolers

By Anne Dachel It seems the flu is the hot topic these days. There are countless news stories about how serious this year's outbreak is (something which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls "an epidemic"), additionally there is...

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