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Lack of a MERS vaccine frustrates scientists

June 18, 2015 12:28 pm | by Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler, Reuters | News | Comments

Three years after the mysterious MERS virus first emerged in humans, scientists and drugmakers say there is no excuse for not having a vaccine that could have protected those now falling sick and dying in South Korea. The facts behind the coronavirus ...

Health officials tracing path of woman with rare TB

June 9, 2015 11:07 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The woman has an extremely drug-resistant form of the disease, which is impervious to most TB...

Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

May 28, 2015 10:48 am | by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the...

Kalorama: Insulin Pump Market Growing Robustly

May 8, 2015 11:10 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The growth in the insulin pump market is driven by the aging population, increasing incidence of...

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Disney-Linked Measles Outbreak Soon To Be Over In California

April 16, 2015 10:44 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and reignited debate about vaccinations is nearing an end.

Norovirus Sickens 200 on Cruise Ships

April 14, 2015 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health officials say about 200 people have come down with vomiting and diarrhea aboard two San Diego-bound cruise ships.

CDC: Uninsured Drop by 11M Since Passage of Obama's Law

March 25, 2015 8:24 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Louisiana Germ Release Likely Due to Lax Use of Lab Garments

March 16, 2015 8:23 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The accidental release of dangerous bacteria at a Louisiana research center probably occurred because workers were lax about how they wore protective garments in the lab where the germ was kept, federal officials said Friday.

Made-in-Canada Ebola Vaccine Being Put to the Test in Three West African Studies

March 9, 2015 8:19 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

For years scientists at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory struggled to figure out how to test whether a vaccine developed at the Winnipeg lab would prevent people from contracting Ebola. Now, finally, three studies in West Africa may provide that answer.

Flu Winds Down as FDA Aims for Better Vaccine Next Winter

March 4, 2015 11:46 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The miserable flu season is winding down but not quite over yet, health officials said Wednesday, even as the government picked what it hoped would be a better vaccine recipe for next fall and winter.

Health Officials Perplexed by Vaccination Skeptics

March 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to convince more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children.

Survey: Parents Increasingly Ask Doctors to Delay Vaccines

March 2, 2015 8:51 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests.


Panel: Use New Meningitis Vaccines Only for Outbreaks

February 27, 2015 8:30 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A federal panel has recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.

GARDASIL®9 Recommended by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Females Aged 9-26 and Males Aged 9-21

February 26, 2015 3:33 pm | News | Comments

Merck has announced that the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to include GARDASIL® 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) in the recommendations for use of HPV vaccines.

Seven Infected, Two Dead After 'Superbug' Outbreak at Hospital

February 19, 2015 8:42 am | by ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients — including two who died — with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly "superbug" at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. A total of 179 patients may be infected.

More Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland, Illinois Day Care

February 17, 2015 3:50 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials say the number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 141. Eighteen of the 20 new cases reported Tuesday stem from outbreaks at Disneyland in California and an Illinois day care center.

US Measles Count Rises to 121; Most Linked to Disneyland

February 10, 2015 8:32 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials say the number of measles cases in the nation is up to 121 so far this year. All but 18 of the cases are tied to an outbreak that started at the Disneyland amusement park in California.        


Federal Health Officials Face Tough Questions on Flu Vaccine

February 3, 2015 1:49 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are facing questioning about why this year's flu vaccine isn't giving good protection against the winter menace. This is a particularly bad flu season, and one reason is that the most common flu strain isn't a good match to this year's vaccine.

CDC: Flu Hospitalizations of Elderly Hit Record High

January 30, 2015 12:54 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that about 198 out of every 100,000 people 65 and older have been hospitalized with flu-related illness this flu season.          

Hospitals Overwhelmed as Flu Epidemic Death Toll Climbs

January 21, 2015 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

Forty-five deaths so far this season after the flu vaccine proves to be only 23% effective.                           

Flu Vaccine Not Working Well - Only 23% Effective

January 15, 2015 2:00 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effective. That's one of the worst performances since the government started tracking how well vaccines work a decade ago.

Does the Measles Vaccine Work?

January 14, 2015 8:47 am | Videos | Comments

CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula talk about the measles vaccine and how effective vaccines can be years after the drug is administered.          

No Sign of Ebola for CDC Lab Worker Feared Exposed Weeks Ago

January 13, 2015 4:16 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials say a federal laboratory technician who was possibly exposed to the Ebola virus did not get sick. Officials on Tuesday said the employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn't shown any symptoms since the incident Dec. 22.

CDC Says Doctors Aren't Doing Enough to Fight Flu

January 13, 2015 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

With high levels of flu activity spreading, the CDC urges doctors to increase use of antiviral medicines.                         

CDC: Flu Season Continues to Worsen, Could Peak This Month

January 5, 2015 2:15 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The flu is rampant in most of the country, and health officials say the season could peak soon. Flu was widespread in 43 states and flu activity was intense in most of them during the week of Christmas, according to the latest figures issued Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC to Release New Flu Report

January 2, 2015 9:06 am | Videos | Comments

CDC to issue new report detailing the spread of influenza across the United States.                            

CDC Monitoring Tech for Possible Ebola Exposure

December 29, 2014 9:45 am | by PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said. The person working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta may have come into contact with a small amount of a live virus, CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said in an emailed statement.

Kansas Says New Virus Found After Resident's Death

December 23, 2014 10:33 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new virus is called Bourbon virus, after Bourbon County, home of the patient who died. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the patient's symptoms, including fever and fatigue, were similar to symptoms from other tick-borne diseases.

Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to Four Deaths

December 22, 2014 8:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.    

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