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Has Your Doctor Asked You About Your Drinking Habits Lately?

By | Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:59

A new CDC report finds that few doctors speak to their patients about drinking behavior, even if the patient isn't a problem drinker. Just cutting back a little can have significant health benefits.

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U.S. Lifespan Surges, 'Healthspan' Not So Much

By | Mon, 01/06/2014 - 18:12

The average U.S. lifespan has increased consistently over the past 50 years, federal health officials reported on Monday.


Infectious Disease Scorecard Reveals America's Best, Worst States For Disease Prevention

By | Wed, 12/18/2013 - 18:40

The scorecard rates U.S. states' disease control and prevention capacity on a scale of one to 10, recording a high of 8 in one state and a low of two in three states.


3 People Die Suddenly From Lyme Disease

By | Fri, 12/13/2013 - 17:06

After the hearts of three patients were examined, doctors discovered that Lyme disease may be linked to heart inflammation.


‘Cannibal Sandwiches’ Sicken Midwest Residents: CDC Warns Holiday Tradition Is Associated With E.Coli Outbreaks

By | Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:43

The CDC says 'cannibal sandwiches,' made with raw ground beef, have been linked to E.coli outbreaks as recently as this year.


2013 US Measles Surge Underscores The Dangers Of Anti-Vaccine Campaigns

By | Thu, 12/05/2013 - 18:32

This year's spike in measles infections highlights the public health dangers of anti-vaccine movements and pseudoscience.

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Global Death Toll From 2009 Influenza Pandemic As High As 203,000

By | Tue, 11/26/2013 - 18:03

Over 60 researchers from 26 countries established that the death toll of the 2009 influenza outbreak could be as high as 203,000, with global regions being affected in widely differing degrees.

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Malaria Reaches 40-Year High In The US

By | Thu, 10/31/2013 - 17:26

The CDC reported that 2011 marked a 40-year high in malaria cases mainly due to people traveling to countries where the disease is endemic.

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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Victims Still Suffer Lingering Illness

By | Thu, 10/24/2013 - 20:04

The consequences of a fungal outbreak that peaked last fall still linger for those who took a tainted steroid injection.

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Superbugs Are Outmaneuvering Our Drug Arsenals

By | Thu, 10/24/2013 - 19:23

A PBS documentary presents a sobering outlook about the inevitable rise of 'superbugs' that are catching many hospitals and government agencies off guard and creating a 'silent epidemic'


40 Years of U.S. Nutrition Research Could Be Invalid

By | Thu, 10/10/2013 - 17:25

Nutrition data collected over four decades by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) may be invalid due to flawed methodology, study finds.


Salmonella Outbreak Forces CDC To Call On Furloughed Workers

By | Wed, 10/09/2013 - 17:24

Despite the government shutdown, the CDC had to call on a number of its employees in order to manage the Salmonella outbreak that has already sickened hundreds.

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Could the Government Shutdown Lead To More Foodborne Illnesses?

By | Sun, 10/06/2013 - 11:53

With only a small fraction of the FDA's food safety staff working, the government shutdown creates a window for foodborne illness to strike.

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Terrie Hall, Star Of CDC’s Anti-Smoking Ads, Dies At 53: ‘She Was A Public Health Hero’ [VIDEO]

By | Tue, 09/17/2013 - 11:33

Terrie Hall, who spoke through an artificial voice box in the CDC's anti-smoking campaign, died Monday at the age of 53.


Why Are Older, Educated Americans More Likely To Use Sleeping Pills?

By | Thu, 08/29/2013 - 10:33

According to a CDC report released Thursday, older, white, and educated women are more likely to rely on sleeping pills for a good night's sleep than other Americans.