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It’s Time to Bring Eating Disorders Out of the Shadows

Most African Americans are surely aware of the worsening obesity rates in this country, especially among poorer and underserved communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans are the most overweight racial group, with 47 percent classified as obese—defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher.

Ongoing Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

At least 63 people  in 10 states have been sickened in a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to bean sprouts, reported the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday. Bean sprouts distributed by Wonton Foods, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Enteriitdis that has sickened people in Connecticut, Maine,... Continue Reading

Top UAB Doc Pledges Proceeds From Second Novel to Diabetes Research

In "Command & Control," the second novel by Stephen Russell, fictional retired orthopedic surgeon Mackie McKay finds himself in the middle of an infectious disease outbreak -- with Ebola as a backdrop

When vaccines are imperfect

Philadelphia, PA--The control of certain childhood diseases is difficult, despite high vaccination coverage in many countries. One of the possible reasons for this is "imperfect vaccines," that is, vaccines that fail either due to "leakiness," lack of effectiveness on certain individuals in a population, or shorter duration of potency. read more

You're probably not an alcoholic, study says

A majority of Americans who drink too much booze are not, in fact, classifiable as alcoholics, a government study says. The study, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...Show More Summary

CDC takes down 'obesity cost calculator'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is backpedaling on its workplace "obesity cost calculator."

Valencia Technologies Subcutaneous Neuromodulation System for Hypertension (VIDEO)

Drug resistant hypertension can be a killer, let alone a disease that makes life very difficult for its sufferers. There have been some serious attempts at controlling high blood pressure using methods other than drugs, but renal denervation, perhaps the most promising, failed to prove itself int a pivotal trial. Show More Summary

California citrus leaders hope psyllid plan buys time

MODESTO, Calif. — If the $2.4 billion California citrus industry is to survive, it must maintain Asian citrus psyllid detection and control programs to buy time until fixes for the deadly citrus disease it carries are discovered.

Patients counseled on genetic heart disease risk feel they have more control over fate

Adults counseled on their genetic risk of coronary heart disease believe they have more control over their fate, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. Researchers examined the impact...Show More Summary

Not Good Enough

[Content Note: Fat hatred.]After a number of complaints, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shelved a website called "Lean Works!" which "offered an 'obesity cost calculator' to help American bosses tally...Show More Summary

Study: Improper contact lens care is likely causing an uptick in eye infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a warning for all contact lens wearers: Take proper care of your lenses if you want to avoid getting an infection that can lead to blindness. On Thursday, the CDC published a study in...Show More Summary

Study: Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers from Purdue and Colorado State universities have discovered that the fungus responsible for thousand cankers disease, a lethal affliction of walnut trees and related species, has a rich genetic diversity that may make the disease more difficult to control. read more

How to control mice with your mind

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Imagine never having to take a pill again for anxiety, depression, or your heart condition. Imagine epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease being managed by the patient without drug interventions. What if control of these conditions were possible with a thought? Read the rest

Single molecular switch may contribute to major aging-related diseases

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified what appears to be a molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes involved in conditions ranging from muscle atrophy to Alzheimer's disease. In their...Show More Summary

The ethics of researching Ebola

As we learn of new suspected cases of Ebola infection in the United States, causing worries among the population and renewed efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contain the epidemic. A student in the postgraduate course in research ethics that I teach at Albert Einstein College of Medicine recently asked whether we could discuss the Ebola […]

Deadly 'Kissing Bug' Has Infected 300,000 People in U.S.

A deadly disease called Chagas has been estimated to have infected at least 300,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This infection is transferred by the “kissing bug” and is contracted whenShow More Summary

Skin cancer treatment costs rose five times faster than for other cancers

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Skin cancer treatment costs skyrocketed in the past decade, rising five times faster than treatment costs for all other cancers, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Between 2002 and 2006, $3.6 billion...Show More Summary

Treating Disease, and Spreading It?

last weekHealth : Well

In the case of Ebola, caretaking is a job of the highest risk, and doctors and nurses are innately terrible at even the basics of infection control.

Recalled Bean Sprouts Linked to 2 Listeria Deaths, 3 Hospitalizations

Two people have died and three others have been hospitalized after eating Listeria-contaminated bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products of Chicago, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The victims became ill between June and August 2014, but this is the first announcement of the outbreak. Show More Summary

U.S. CDC boosts national stockpile of Ebola protective gear

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is increasing its national stockpile of protective gear for U.S. hospitals handling Ebola patients after a "sudden increase" in demand, the agency said on Friday. The CDC...Show More Summary

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