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CDC Tells Healthy Adults Not to Forget Flu Vaccine

September 18, 2014 3:19 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter — and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated.      

CDC Study: Americans' Bellies Are Expanding Fast

September 17, 2014 8:23 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous...

Rare Respiratory Virus Spreading Rapidly

September 11, 2014 9:08 am | Videos | Comments

The CDC is tracking the disease that is currently affecting twelve states.   ...

Gates Foundation to Spend $50M on Ebola Response

September 10, 2014 2:49 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations, the World Health...

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Study: Many Hospitals Use Too Many Antibiotics

September 10, 2014 2:44 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new study suggests that doctors in many hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job. Health officials say overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment.

Thyroid, Kidney Cancers Up in Kids But Still Rare

September 8, 2014 8:17 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity.              

CDC: 'Window is Closing' to Stop Ebola

September 3, 2014 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

The CDC issued a dire warning about Ebola, and CNN's Sanjay Gupta explains the challenge of containing the outbreak.                       

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CDC Director: Ebola Has 'Upper Hand'

August 26, 2014 8:47 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it. Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three hardest hit countries, this week.

CDC Director to Visit Ebola Outbreak Countries

August 25, 2014 9:01 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is scheduled to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guine. A CDC spokesman Friday said Frieden wants to meet the African and international health leaders trying to control the outbreak, and to hear what help they need.

Report: CDC Scientist Kept Quiet About Flu Blunder

August 15, 2014 2:56 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation. The accident happened in January at the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

CDC Recommends Pfizer’s Prevnar 13® Vaccine in Adults Aged 65 Years and Older

August 14, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Pfizer announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend Prevnar 13 ® (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine [Diphtheria CRM 197 Protein])PCV13) for routine use to help protect adults aged 65 years and older against pneumococcal disease.

McKesson Settles Tennessee Vaccine Case for $18M

August 11, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

McKesson Corp. was required to ensure vaccines were maintained at proper temperatures by, among other things, setting electronic temperature monitors to detect when air temperature in the box reached certain levels.      

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CDC Director: Scale of Ebola Crisis Unprecedented

August 8, 2014 8:25 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. The next few weeks will be critical, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, which is sending more workers into the affected countries to help.

U.S. Government Exercises $18.9M Contract Option for Emergent BioSolutions' Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous Program

August 8, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Emergent BioSolutions announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has exercised options under contract 200-2012-52242 for the supply of Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV) into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

No Ebola Drug for Africans; Troops Deployed

August 7, 2014 2:05 pm | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africans battling to contain the spread of Ebola will have to wait for months until a potentially life-saving experimental drug used on two Americans infected with the dreaded disease could even be made, officials said. Soldiers in two of the affected countries deployed Thursday to try to stem further spread of the virus.

Ebola Outbreak: CDC on Highest Alert

August 7, 2014 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

The CDC's emergency operations center is watching the outbreak around the clock.                             

Tekmira's Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used on U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 8:35 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus. Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said in an email that no one infected in the ongoing outbreak in West Africa has been treated with its drug, called TKM-Ebola.

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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 devastating disease is rare.                     

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 health officials worried that it wouldn't budge. For girls ages 13 to 17, the rate is now up to about 38 percent of girls, from 33 percent.   

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 agency spokesman said Wednesday. Michael Farrell was head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab since 2009. He submitted his resignation Tuesday, the spokesman said.

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.        

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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