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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...

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...

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...

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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.                            

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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.    

Cases of Most Common STD Falls for First Time in 30 Years

December 17, 2014 8:40 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time in three decades, the nation's most common sexually transmitted disease is a little less common.                       

Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective this Winter

December 4, 2014 10:49 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are telling doctors that the flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter. As flu season begins to ramp up, officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year.  

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CDC: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

December 2, 2014 4:11 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it.         

Plague Outbreak Kills 40 People in Madagascar

November 25, 2014 8:05 am | by LYNSEY CHUTEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

WHO said a national task force has been set up to manage the outbreak, with the cost of the project reaching $200,000. The international health organization said it is working with the Red Cross and Madagascan health authorities to control the disease.

US Looking Past Ebola to Prepare for Next Outbreak

November 24, 2014 8:50 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.         

Officials Downplay Debates Over Ebola Aid Response

November 21, 2014 7:58 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer; MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. officials acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, but they say most issues are being worked out and the overall fight against the disease there seems to be succeeding.  

CDC Chief Drops Worst-Case Ebola Estimate

November 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the number of people sickened by the Ebola virus could explode to as many as 1.4 million by mid-January without more help.

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CDC: Lazy Contact Lens Use Main Cause of Eye Infections

November 13, 2014 2:28 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The reports estimates that there are nearly 1 million patient visits to doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals for treatment of an infection of the cornea called keratitis. Most cases are mild irritations or redness, but a very small number are severe and can lead to blindness.

Scientists Try to Predict Number of US Ebola Cases

November 2, 2014 5:41 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.

Fearing Ebola? Doctors Say Get a Flu Shot

October 30, 2014 3:10 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola — chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn't reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a Chicago medical conference.

US Health Care Unprepared for Ebola

October 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by JEFF DONN, Associated Press; GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network.

CDC: New Restrictions for Those at High Ebola Risk

October 28, 2014 8:45 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials are recommending that people who are at highest risk for coming down with Ebola avoid commercial travel or attending large public gatherings, even if they have no symptoms. The CDC issued the updated advice to state and local officials on Monday.

Feds vs. States: Who Decides on Ebola Quarantines

October 28, 2014 8:41 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

For Americans wondering why President Barack Obama hasn't forced all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients, the White House has a quick retort: Talk to the Founding Fathers.      

CDC Details New Ebola Response and Prep Teams

October 23, 2014 2:11 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

New federal Ebola response squads — likened to public health SWAT teams — are being readied to rush to any U.S. city where a new Ebola case might be identified, officials say.             

Poll: Many Doubt Hospitals Can Handle Ebola

October 23, 2014 8:19 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press; EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.   

US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

October 22, 2014 2:04 pm | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That includes returning American aid workers, federal health employees and journalists, as well as West African travelers.

Ebola Airport Checks Expand; Nurses Get Training

October 22, 2014 8:02 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press; ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is closing a gap in Ebola screening at airports while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals and nurses ready in case another patient turns up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease.   

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

October 21, 2014 8:07 am | by MIKE STOBBE, Associated Press; EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials will be demonstrating the recommended techniques Tuesday at a massive training at New York City's Javits Center, with an expected attendance of thousands.

Ebola Lapses Persisted for Days at Dallas Hospital

October 20, 2014 8:31 am | by MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: "Ebola." But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable.

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