: ' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'

Vaccine Shortages Could Make Flu Season Worse

By Elizabeth Magill Influenza has hit the U.S. hard this winter, with 47 states reporting widespread flu activity in the week ending January 5. Federal health officials say influenza cases began to increase rapidly in December, [...]

Flu Season Starts Early in U.S.

The flu season has officially begun, and it’s off to an early start according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Federal health officials report a significant increase in flu activity over the last [...]

CDC: Over Half of Young People with HIV Don’t Know They’re Infected

The HIV rate among American teenagers and young adults is rising, and more than half of those who are infected are not even aware of it, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for [...]

Meningitis Outbreak Spreading

Federal health officials say the death toll in an outbreak of meningitis has risen to seven, with more than 60 people sickened in nine states. The outbreak has been been linked to a steroid used in [...]

FDA: Recalled Peanut Butter Linked to Fast Moving Salmonella Outbreak

The grocery chain Trader Joe’s is voluntarily recalling peanut butter that may be linked to a “fast moving outbreak” of salmonella disease. At least 29 salmonella illnesses have been reported in 18 states. The Food and [...]

Drug Monitoring Database Significantly Reduced Inappropriate Prescriptions

A prescription drug monitoring program in Canada dramatically reduced the number of inappropriate prescriptions for opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study found that PharmaNet, [...]

Doctors Say Methadone Too Risky for Pain Management

Methadone is increasingly being used by physicians to manage chronic pain, but it is a risky drug to prescribe as a pain reliever, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association [...]

South and Midwest Obesity Rates Still High

States in the South and Midwest lead the nation in adult obesity, with a dozen states having obesity rates of over 30 percent, according to a new analysis by the Trust for America’s Health and the [...]

More Americans Are Walking, but They Need to Pick Up the Pace

A growing number of American adults say they are walking regularly, but less than half exercise enough to improve their health, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]

Smokers Switching to Cigars and Pipe Tobacco to Avoid Taxes

Smokers are turning to cigars and “roll your own” tobacco to avoid the high cost of cigarettes, according to a new report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The decade-long trend has been [...]