A nasty virus first detected in Africa that is spread to people by the bite of infected mosquitoes is being locally transmitted in the Americas for the first time on the tiny French Caribbean dependency of St. Martin, health officials said Tuesday.
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Triplets-and-more increasingly are the result of drugs given to women to make them produce eggs — not from using multiple embryos from IVF, or lab-dish fertilization, new research shows.
About three years ago, the nation's top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it's issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven "winnable battles" singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set goals for 2015, such as cutting adult smoking to 17 percent and pushing childhood obesity down to about 15 percent.
Health officials are reporting four Tennessee cases of a rare infant illness that have been linked to parents refusing a routine Vitamin K shot for newborns.
Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom. And some school nurses are no longer sending home the dreaded "lice note" to other parents with kids in the classroom, alerting them to the possibility of lice in their own child's precious locks.
A large survey done last year found that about two-thirds of Americans ages 50 to 75 have had the recommended screenings for colorectal cancer. That's the same percentage from 2010, apparently marking the first year in at least a decade there was no increase.
A new high-dose flu vaccine for seniors works better than the standard shot in that age group, according to a long-awaited study by the vaccine's manufacturer. Experts say regular flu shots tend to be only about 30 to 40 percent effective in people 65 and older, who generally have weaker immune systems.
After CDC testing, a second Louisiana parish confirms that a brain-eating amoeba has been found in their water supply.
The winning battle against tuberculosis in the United States may, ironically, be part of the reason why the disease wasn't detected in a young Las Vegas mother and her baby until it was too late, experts said.
Health officials are alarmed at the growing number of parents who are opting not to vaccinate their children, saying there is a risk that rare diseases could return.
More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials urged families Thursday to do even better this time around. Far too many young and middle-aged adults still forego the yearly protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.
For the first time, the government is estimating how many people die from drug-resistant bacteria each year — more than 23,000, or about as many as those killed annually by flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the number to spotlight the growing threat of germs that are hard to treat because they've become resistant to drugs.
Health officials say 2013 already is one of the worst years for measles in more than 15 years. Before a vaccine became available about 50 years ago, nearly all children got measles by their 15th birthday. In those days, nearly 500 Americans died from measles each year.
Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students.
When the HPV vaccine was first recommended for boys, health officials worried it would be an unusually hard sell. But a new report suggests that might not be the case. About 1 in 5 boys got at least one of the recommended three doses last year, relatively good for a new vaccine aimed at adolescents.
The CDC has reported that one out of every 20 patients will contract an infection while in the hospital. At the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., they are using a portable, room-disinfecting robot to pulse germicidal ultraviolet light to protect patients from potential infections.
American couples are not as infertile as it might seem. Despite a boom in the use of fertility treatments, a new government study shows the percentage of married couples having trouble conceiving has actually dropped slightly in recent years.
The H7N9 strain of bird flu may be able to spread from one person to another, Chinese scientists are reporting in the British Medical Journal. CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook sat down with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden to talk about this strain of bird flu.
For many years, doctors have been wringing their hands as more and more U.S. children grew fat. Now, that may be changing, with the first evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity. In 18 states, there were at least slight drops in obesity for low-income preschoolers, health officials said Tuesday.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigators are trying to pinpoint the source of an outbreak of cyclospora, a parasite that causes flu-like symptoms, and officials are focusing on a prepackaged salad mix in at least two of the states where the outbreak occurred.
New York State hospitals will be required to report cases of antibiotic resistant bacteria called CRE. The CDC reports cases have been found in 43 states.
According to the CDC, opiate pain reliever deaths among women jumped between 1999 and 2010, during which time nearly 48,000 women died from prescription pain killers.
Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday.
A vaccine against a cervical cancer virus cut infections in teen girls by half in the first study to measure the shot's impact since it came on the market. The results impressed health experts and a top government top health official called them striking.
The American Medical Association is recognizing obesity as a disease. Dr. Lou Aronne, an obesity specialist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, talks about the significance of this change and what it means for health care costs, awareness and prevention.
Mary Mahoney, North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical director of Emergency Planning and Preparedness, discusses the steps her hospital system is taking to prepare for a possible pandemic. In light of recent outbreaks around the globe pandemic preparation is becoming more important than ever.
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