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Study: Diabetic Heart Attacks and Strokes Falling

April 17, 2014 8:20 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research also confirms earlier reports of drastic declines in diabetes-related kidney failure and amputations.

US Autism Estimate Rises to 1 in 68 Children

March 28, 2014 8:12 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent...

Hospital Infections Less Common, New Report Says

March 27, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

A new report suggests hospital infections are not as common as previously thought — but still 1...

Twenty-Five Companies to Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 8:34 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for...

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Dust Off That Tinfoil Hat: Vaccinations

March 21, 2014 5:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The controversy over vaccinations is back in the spotlight, after a Colorado bill passed tightening the loophole that allows parents to choose not to vaccinate, and actress Kristen Cavalarri spoke out against vaccinations claiming a connection with autism. What's more frightening is the frequency of outbreaks of diseases we thought we'd eradicated. 

CDC: Antibiotic Overuse Putting Patients at Risk

March 6, 2014 2:10 pm | Videos | Comments

A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns some doctors are over-prescribing antibiotics.                      

Hospitals Struggle to Fight Drug-Resistant Superbugs

March 5, 2014 8:43 am | Videos | Comments

The overuse of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals is putting patients at risk and helping to fuel the growth of deadly superbugs, according to a government report released Tuesday.            

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Fight Against Superbugs Gets More Attention in Obama Budget

March 5, 2014 8:29 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sounding an alarm about the growing threat of superbugs, the Obama administration is proposing a jump in spending to fight antibiotic-resistant germs in hospitals.               

HIV Prevention Drug Studies Show Big Promise

March 4, 2014 1:32 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

New research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.              

Abused Prescription Meds Come from Friends or Relatives

March 4, 2014 8:05 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.    

Senator Seeks CDC Review of Paralysis Cases

February 28, 2014 8:13 am | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.  

What Flu Data Tells Us

February 27, 2014 8:55 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief | Blogs | Comments

In the past I have railed against misinformation on the web and those who use this misinformation to support their beliefs. In particular I have spoken at length about the misinformation concerning vaccinations – that there has been no credible evidence – ever – that vaccination cause any type of permanent maladies or side effects. And yet – people still think vaccines are evil and should be avoided.

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One Dead, Babies Ill from Listeria Linked to Cheese

February 24, 2014 8:07 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to soft cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was in California. Seven additional illnesses were in Maryland.

Flu Season Waning; Younger Adults Hit Hardest

February 21, 2014 7:55 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Flu season seems to be winding down, and it's been an odd one. It hasn't been as bad as last year and the vaccine worked a little better. And it has been a fairly mild one for the elderly — traditionally the most vulnerable group. But it's been a different story for young and middle-age adults, who have been hit harder than expected because of a surge in swine flu.

US, 26 Countries Launch Effort to Fight Outbreaks

February 13, 2014 3:03 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries.

Caffeine Common in Kids, Young Adults

February 10, 2014 8:52 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.

CDC: Cruise Ship Bug Was Newer Norovirus Strain

February 7, 2014 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said by the new Sydney strain of norovirus was the cause of the illnesses on board Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas.           

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Sugar Tied to Fatal Heart Woes; Soda's a Culprit

February 4, 2014 8:28 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems. It doesn't take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk, the researchers found, and most Americans eat more than the safest amount.

New Rotavirus Vaccines Seem Safer, Studies Find

January 14, 2014 11:02 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Newer vaccines against rotavirus, a severe diarrheal disease in children, slightly raise the risk of a rare bowel problem that doomed an earlier vaccine, new studies show. But researchers say the modern vaccines are much safer and well worth this very small risk.

CDC: US is "In the Thick" of Flu Season, Cases Up

January 13, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Flu season is ramping up, with illness widespread in at least 35 states. That's up from 25 in the previous week. A flu expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the agency's weekly report released Friday shows "We're in the thick of flu season."

CDC: Lung Cancer Rates Drop, Especially Among Men

January 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says lung cancer incidence rates declined nearly 3 percent per year among men and about 1 percent per year among women from 2005 to 2009.         

Drinking Habit? CDC Says Your Doctors Needs to Know

January 8, 2014 8:43 am | Videos | Comments

According to a new study, five out of six adults say no health professional has ever brought up the issue of alcohol consumption, despite the fact that drinking too much can cause all kinds of health problems.       

CDC Study Strongly Underscores Progress Made by Industry Voluntary Labeling Guidelines

January 7, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) says the makers of over-the-counter (OTC) pediatric liquid medications have made significant progress in carrying out voluntary efforts to promote safe use through standardized dosing directions and dosing devices, as underscored by the results of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.

Historic Smoking Report Marks 50th Anniversary

January 6, 2014 9:03 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.

Number of States with High Flu Activity Triples

January 6, 2014 8:46 am | Videos | Comments

The number of cases of flu is on the rise in much of the country. Last week the number of states reporting high flu activity tripled from the previous week.               

Dads Do Diapers and More, Myth-Busting Survey Says

December 20, 2013 10:17 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

CDC Issues Travel Health Advisory for St. Martin

December 19, 2013 8:26 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. health authorities have issued a travel advisory for the French Caribbean dependency of St. Martin because of a mosquito-borne viral disease that is apparently being spread locally at the start of the winter tourist season.    

Scientists: Mosquito Virus Spreads to Americas

December 18, 2013 8:13 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

CDC: 221 Sickened by Synthetic Pot in Colorado

December 16, 2013 8:52 am | News | Comments

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based on a joint investigation with state health officials launched after Colorado hospitals started seeing an increase in emergency room visits by people who had used synthetic pot in late August.

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