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Officials: Little Risk of Ebola Outbreak in US

July 29, 2014 8:49 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.                  

Lou Gehrig's Disease is Rare, First US Count Finds

July 25, 2014 8:54 am | News | Comments

The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the...

More US Girls Now Getting Cervical Cancer Vaccine

July 24, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

Last year's rise follows a couple of years when the girls' HPV vaccination rate was flat and...

Head of Troubled CDC Anthrax Lab Has Resigned

July 23, 2014 4:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an...

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Sanofi Pasteur Begins Shipping Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for Upcoming 2014-2015 Season in United States

July 22, 2014 9:04 am | News | Comments

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that the first lots of Fluzone (Influenza Vaccine) for the 2014-2015 influenza season have been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for distribution.   

CDC Director Admits Safety Problems at Germ Labs

July 17, 2014 8:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged Wednesday that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health laboratories that handle dangerous germs such as anthrax and bird flu.   

300 Vials Labeled Influenza, Dengue Found at Lab

July 17, 2014 8:26 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA officials said Wednesday the undocumented collection contained 327 carefully packaged vials, listing pathogens like dengue, influenza and rickettsia. Last week the government only disclosed that it had recovered six glass vials of smallpox dating from the 1950s.        

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Opinion: Big Government Can Kill You

July 16, 2014 9:06 am | Videos | Comments

Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths Chairman Betsy McCaughey on the CDC’s admission that its scientists mishandled anthrax and deadly flu strains.                  

Second Probe Details More CDC Anthrax Lab Problems

July 15, 2014 9:07 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.         

Forgotten Vials of Smallpox Found in Storage Room

July 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Government workers cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.        

CDC: The South Prescribes More Painkillers

July 2, 2014 9:36 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Powerful painkillers have been driving the nation's rising rate of overdose deaths, and now the government is singling out the states where doctors write the most prescriptions. A second report released Tuesday spotlights how a crackdown in Florida led to hundreds fewer overdose deaths from prescription painkillers in just a few years.

Dozens of CDC Workers Taking Anti-Anthrax Drugs

June 23, 2014 8:41 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

At least 52 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are taking antibiotics as a precaution because of a lab safety problem that may have accidentally exposed them to anthrax. The federal agency on Friday raised its estimate of potentially affected workers from 75 to 86, and said the number could rise again as additional workers such as janitors and support staff come forward.

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Mosquito-Transmitted Virus Reported in US

June 13, 2014 8:21 am | Videos | Comments

Chikungunya fever is said to have been brought into this country from recent Caribbean travelers.                          

CDC: Men Who Shack Up Less Likely to Get Checkups

June 12, 2014 8:40 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Tie the knot, see a doc? A new study says men are more likely to get medical checkups if they're married rather than just living with a woman. And, surprisingly, more single guys see the doctor than men with live-in girlfriends.    

US Virgin Islands Confirms First Chikungunya Case

June 12, 2014 8:36 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean has made its way to the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said Wednesday. Health officials in the U.S. Caribbean territory said they confirmed the islands' first locally transmitted case of chikungunya.

Report: Diabetes Numbers Continue to Rise in US

June 10, 2014 2:31 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In new report released Tuesday, federal scientists calculated that more than 9 percent of Americans have diabetes — or 1 in 11 people. The report estimates that about a quarter of them haven't been diagnosed yet and don't know they have diabetes.

CDC: Texas Patient Died of Mad Cow-Related Disease

June 9, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Health officials say a Texas patient is the fourth person in the United States to die of a rare brain disorder that is believed to be caused by consumption of beef products contaminated with mad cow disease.       

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Officials: Measles Tally Doubled in the Past Month

May 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996. Health officials say 307 cases have been reported since New Year's Day. About half have been in the past month — most from a huge outbreak in unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio.

CDC Officials Take Back Report of MERS Spread in US

May 28, 2014 3:30 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials on Wednesday backtracked on an earlier report that a mysterious Middle East virus had apparently spread from one person to another in the United States. Additional testing has shown the virus did not, in fact, spread to an Illinois man from a traveler he'd met in a business meeting.

Painful and Rapid Spread of New Virus in Caribbean

May 22, 2014 8:23 am | by EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospitals and clinics throughout the Caribbean are seeing thousands of people with the same symptoms, victims of a virus with a long and unfamiliar name that has been spread rapidly by mosquitoes across the islands after the first locally transmitted case was confirmed in December.

Third MERS Virus Case Confirmed in US

May 20, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists step up their investigation of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus after it spread from person to person in the U.S.                    

MERS in America: Is Spread of Virus a Worry?

May 20, 2014 8:31 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East has spread for the first time from one person to another in the United States. The case has raised questions about how much contact is needed to transmit the germ.    

Silent Virus a Rare, Dangerous Risk for the Unborn

May 19, 2014 8:29 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Brain damage, deafness and other birth defects are among potential problems when women inadvertently transmit the virus in the womb. Because those complications are so rare, most people have never heard of CMV — shorthand for cytomegalovirus.

CDC: MERS Virus Spread in US, but Second Man Not Sick

May 19, 2014 8:22 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials reported Saturday what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus has spread from one person to another in the United States.The Illinois man probably picked up an infection from an Indiana man who earlier this month became the first U.S. case of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

CDC Races to Stay Ahead of MERS

May 15, 2014 8:45 am | Videos | Comments

"We're not taking any chances with MERS," says CDC official Dr. David Swerdlow.                             

CDC Putting MERS Warning at Airports

May 14, 2014 8:32 am | Videos | Comments

The health advisory from the CDC asks if you're going to the Arabian Peninsula, and warns about the "new disease."                       

Officials: Second US Case of MERS Reported

May 13, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. The latest case is not an American — he is a resident of Saudi Arabia, visiting Florida, who is now in an Orlando hospital. 

First American MERS Patient May Leave Hospital Soon

May 6, 2014 8:24 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first American citizen diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East is improving daily and could be released soon from an Indiana hospital, although he will be isolated at home, health officials said Monday.     

CDC Confirms First Case of MERS Virus in American

May 5, 2014 8:47 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. The man fell ill after flying to the U.S. late last week from Saudi Arabia where he was a health care worker.

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