US measles tally hits 465, with most illnesses in kids

Health 04/08/19, 12:36

U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last week. That's up from 387 the week before.The numbers are preliminary. The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when ...

CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

U.S. 03/08/19, 21:19

An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2017 case is the first ...

Officials see no link between miscarriage risk and flu shots

Health 02/28/19, 14:30

Health officials say further research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots.Two years ago, a puzzling study found women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots. So experts urged more research.This week, Centers for ...

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

Health 02/11/19, 13:41

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday.There may ...

Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

Health 01/17/19, 13:34

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it's called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery.Roughly 1,800 such cases are seen in the ...

Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down US life expectancy

U.S. 11/29/18, 00:13

Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. ...

Corrected study: Building, mining have high suicide rates

Health 11/15/18, 14:17

U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen killed themselves most often.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a corrected study Thursday. ...

Flu Vaccines Save Lives

New York 10/26/18, 01:51

As New York City health officials announced Thursday that a child had become the first city resident to die this year of influenza, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report detailing that last year’s flu season was the deadliest “normal” season since the 1970s. According to the ...

Investigation: Hospitals imprison patients in Kenya

Europe 10/25/18, 04:10

The Kenyatta National Hospital is east Africa's biggest medical institution, home to more than a dozen donor-funded projects with international partners — a "Center of Excellence," says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The hospital's website proudly proclaims its motto — "We Listen ... We Care" — along with ...

US advisory group urges hepatitis A shots for homeless

U.S. 10/24/18, 06:19

For the first time, a U.S. advisory committee is recommending a routine vaccination for homeless people, voting Wednesday to urge hepatitis A shots to prevent future outbreaks of the contagious liver disease.The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made the recommendation at a meeting in Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control ...

6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center

U.S. 10/23/18, 10:45

A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for "medically fragile children" has left six youngsters dead and 12 others sick, the state Health Department said Tuesday.There have been 18 cases of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) ...

Texas surf resort tested after ‘brain-eating amoeba’ death

Texas 10/01/18, 20:23

Test results are expected later this week after a man who visited a landlocked surf resort in Central Texas died from a rare "brain-eating amoeba," local health officials said Monday.Fabrizio Stabile, a 29-year-old from New Jersey, died on Sept. 21 after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri, a rare but deadly ...

APNewsBreak: 80,000 people died of flu last winter in US

U.S. 09/26/18, 15:47

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades.The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, revealed the total in an interview Tuesday night with The Associated Press.Flu experts knew it ...

Flu shots: A pinch in the arm, but not always in your wallet

News 09/19/18, 11:12

It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet.Health officials recommend that nearly all Americans get flu vaccinations to blunt the impact of a disease that annually infects millions.Roughly 145 million Americans get flu shots each year, according to the Centers for ...

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