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CDC Director Resigns Amid Reports of Tobacco Stock Trade
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on January 31, 2018, that Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald would resign as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The statement read, “Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director. Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.” The decision came a day after Politico reported that she bought stock in a large tobacco company within a month of start...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 23, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Multistate salmonella outbreak tied to chicken salad
An outbreak of salmonella infections linked to chicken salad has sickened 65 people in five states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. No deaths have been reported, but 28 people have been hospitalized. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths Fall in 14 States
New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FluMist back on CDC's recommended list of flu vaccines
FluMist Quadrivalent has returned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended list of flu vaccines, drugmaker AstraZeneca announced. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC approves comeback for nasal mist flu vaccine
If you avoided getting a flu vaccine this year because you're needle-phobic, there's good news: the nasal spray is coming back. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 12 to 2 Wednesday to allow FluMist, the only non-injected flu vaccine approved for use in the United States, to return to the disease prevention arsenal for the 2018-2019 flu season after a two-year suspension. The nasal spray had been shelved as an option after… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 22, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

FluMist set to return for next flu season
Flu vaccinations may become painless again. A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Wednesday to recommend, once again, that FluMist, the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine, be used during the 2018-19 season. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccinating pregnant women is safe for babies
New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found vaccinating pregnant women against the whooping cough and the flu won't put babies at risk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. health officials reverse stance on AstraZeneca's flu vaccine
(Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc said on Wednesday an advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of its FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine in the upcoming flu season, reversing its earlier position. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Kratom Is Linked to a Salmonella Outbreak Across 20 States, CDC Says
Kratom, a controversial herbal supplement used for pain relief, is likely behind a salmonella outbreak that has affected 20 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mitragyna speciosa, commonly called kratom, is often billed as a safer alternative to conventional painkillers. But the supplement made headlines a few weeks ago, when Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said that kratom contains the same addictive, potentially dangerous chemicals found in opioids, and submitted a review to that effect to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The bad news about kratom continues wi...
Source: TIME: Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

CDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratom
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and several states are investigating an outbreak of salmonella illness linked to kratom, an unregulated herbal supplement that is sometimes used for pain, anxiety and opioid-withdrawal symptoms, the CDC said Tuesday. The agency, which urged consumers to not use kratom in any form because […]Related:Here’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis season’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get itNine organizations sue Trump administration for ending grants to teen pr...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

28 sick in salmonella outbreak linked to kratom, CDC says
An outbreak of 28 salmonella infections in 20 states has been linked to kratom products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Tuesday. Though no deaths have been reported, 11 people have been hospitalized. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Act now to find heart disease before it finds you
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But that doesn ’t mean the men and women of Southwest Ohio have to wonder about their risk or how to reduce it. Heart attacks happen suddenly, disrupting and devastating families in an instant. However, they are the result of internal blockages that can take years to develop. Although heart disease rarely revea ls itself through symptoms in its earliest and most treatable… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 19, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Premier Health Source Type: news

Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough
-- Vaccination is the best way to prevent whooping cough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious disease that causes about half its victims aged 1 or younger to end up in the hospital,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Act now to find heart disease before it finds you
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But that doesn ’t mean the men and women of Southwest Ohio have to wonder about their risk or how to reduce it. Heart attacks happen suddenly, disrupting and devastating families in an instant. However, they are the result of internal blockages that can take years to develop. Although heart disease rarely revea ls itself through symptoms in its earliest and most treatable… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Premier Health Source Type: news

The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off
(NEW YORK) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. “I thought I was going to die,...
Source: TIME: Health - February 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe, Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Helping Youth Cope with Disaster
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 09/2017 This two-page document provides guidance and tips for helping youth cope with disasters that take different forms: natural (earthquakes, tornadoes, and wildfires), family loss, school shootings, and community violence. It lists common thoughts, emotions, and behavior changes, and details when to get more help when it is needed. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Flu now blamed for 84 child deaths this season, CDC says
The deaths of 22 more children from flu-related causes were reported Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly surveillance report. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Not a Magic Potion.’ Flu Death Puts Antiviral Drugs in the Spotlight
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn’t immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116 insurance co-pay too high. While her husband told the Wall Street Journal that he picked up the prescription the day after she refused it and she then started taking the medication, Heather Holland, 38, died three days later on Feb. 4. Doctors told The Associated Press that while it’s ideal to start taking antiviral medication as quickly as possible, it’s no...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Stengle / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

With weeks left in flu season, the FDA is already working on next year ’s vaccine
Photo credit: USACE There are still weeks left in this year’s flu season, according to the FDA, but the agency is already planning on how to better protect the nation’s public health next year. An initial report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that this year’s flu vaccine sported a 36% efficacy rate. Although that’s better than some public health experts predicted, FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that “there is still clearly significant room for improvement.” Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The p...
Source: Mass Device - February 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Wall Street Beat Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Source Type: news

The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds
A preliminary analysis finds the vaccine 25 percent effective against this year ’ s dangerous H3N2 strain, and twice as effective in children. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Influenza Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Azar, Alex M II Source Type: news

Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season, CDC reports
Flu season is still raging in the United States, yet already it ranks among the most difficult in recent years. One reason: This year's vaccine has been just 36% effective against both A and B virus strains, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This season ’ s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get it
This season’s flu vaccine offers limited protection against the viruses sweeping the country, with its overall effectiveness of 36 percent falling to 25 percent against the most virulent and predominant strain, according to a government report released Thursday. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the vaccine’s midseason effectiveness confirms what […]Related:Nine organizations sue Trump administration for ending grants to teen pregnancy programsAn American says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accentShe thought the weird sensation was a str...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The much-maligned flu shot has reduced the risk of serious illness this year by 36%, CDC says
This year ’s flu shot is far from perfect, but it’s certainly better than nothing, according to anew report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Preliminary data from five sites around the country suggest that people who got vaccinated this flu season reduced their risk of getting... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Is FDA Getting More Cozy with AI?
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly on the rise in healthcare. From fledging medtech companies to established giants like Watson IBM—many firms are riding the current AI wave. Not only are companies embracing technology, but so is FDA. Recently the agency gave approval to San Francisco-based Viz.ai’s Contact application, a type of clinical decision support software designed to analyze CT results that could notify providers of a potential stroke in their patients. “What it’s doing is comparing the imaging features in that patient with the millions of images it has been tr...
Source: MDDI - February 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Medical Device Business Digital Health Source Type: news

Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous
In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can&...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Could a Rare, Deadly ‘ Superbug ’ Fungus Be Gaining a Foothold? Could a Rare, Deadly ‘ Superbug ’ Fungus Be Gaining a Foothold?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of confirmed cases of Candida auris in the U.S. has climbed from seven in 2016 to at least 200.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

‘It’s a National Problem.’ How Hospitals Are Treating Opioid Addiction’s Youngest Sufferers
(CHICAGO) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert’s second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal sy...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Tanner / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH Drugs healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Could a Disinfecting Robot Help Tackle HAIs?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that “on any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.” Given such risk to patients, let alone the cost of treatment, hospitals and healthcare systems are looking to for ways to reduce these numbers. One solution, a disinfecting robot employing short-wavelength ultraviolet radiation (UVC), is designed to disinfect an entire room in one cycle. A recent study explored some of the challenges to implementation and strategies to overcome them. “The CDC recently stated that C. diff rates are at an...
Source: MDDI - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Not just the vaccine industry: The CDC is in bed with Big Tobacco, too... director forced to RESIGN after being caught
(Natural News) The shocking resignation of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) head Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald illustrates once again the rampant corruption not only within the United States federal government, but specifically within our nation’s regulatory bodies. In case you missed it, Politico first broke the story on Dr. Fitzgerald’s voluntary removal from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says
(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Dise...
Source: TIME: Health - February 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says
(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Dise...
Source: TIME: Science - February 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mike Stobbe / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Flu Season Now As Bad As 2009 Swine Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for D...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Flu Swine Flu Source Type: news

Flu still on the rise, hospitalizations high, CDC says
Flu-related hospitalizations rose to about 60 people in every 100,000 during the fifth week of 2018, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its weekly surveillance report. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Flu Season Is Now the Worst in Years. Here ’ s Why.
The infection rate has surpassed that of 2009, during the swine flu epidemic. Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Influenza Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

U.S. flu outbreak worsens, likely to linger for weeks: CDC
(Reuters) - One of the worst flu outbreaks in the United States in nearly a decade worsened last week and will likely linger for several weeks, causing more deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. Member Highlights: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Rochester, NY – Learn about the ongoing outreach efforts of Central Library as they strive to eliminate resource barriers in their community. Is your organization working on a similar project? Te...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - February 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Flu still on the rise, hospitalizations high, CDC says
Flu-related hospitalizations rose to about 60 people in every 100,000 during the fifth week of 2018, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its weekly surveillance report. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norovirus Is Spreading Like Crazy at the 2018 Winter Olympics
The number of people affected by Norovirus at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics has more than doubled in just two days, reaching a total of 86, according to the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). So far, no athletes have been affected by the highly contagious virus, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus hit PyeongChang days before the 2018 Winter Olympics began, with 32 cases reported on Tuesday. Olympic organizers quarantined around 1,200 security staff when the virus first broke out, calling in military personnel to replace them. According to The New York Times, new cases of Norovirus have...
Source: TIME: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara John Tags: Uncategorized olympics 2018 onetime Source Type: news

A Bad Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse
FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 -- This year's dangerous flu season shows no sign of waning, and " may be on track to break some recent records. " That was the sobering assessment offered Friday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Acting Director... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Olympics: IOC discussing norovirus outbreak, more cases reported
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic officials are discussing measures to combat the spread of a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea after 42 new cases were confirmed at the Winter Games, a Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

African-Americans Disproportionately Endangered by HIV/AIDS African-Americans Disproportionately Endangered by HIV/AIDS
African-Americans are far more likely than other Americans to be infected with HIV but far less likely to get life-saving treatments that stop the virus ’ spread, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Norovirus Outbreak Worsens at Olympics Though Athletes Unaffected Norovirus Outbreak Worsens at Olympics Though Athletes Unaffected
The number of people struck down by a virus causing vomiting and diarrhea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has more than doubled to 86, though athletes remain unaffected, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Same CDC director that pushes vaccine compliance propaganda found to own stocks in tobacco companies that killed millions... coincidence?
(Natural News) The Donald Trump-appointed head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already been scrapped from her position after it was discovered that she purchased shares in tobacco, drug, and food companies just one month after accepting the government job. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is said to have abruptly resigned from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norovirus outbreak worsens though athletes unaffected
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - The number of people struck down by a virus causing vomiting and diarrhoea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has more than doubled to 86, though athletes remain unaffected, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Science - February 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

African-Americans disproportionately endangered by HIV/AIDS
(Reuters Health) - African-Americans are far more likely than other Americans to be infected with HIV but far less likely to get life-saving treatments that stop the virus ’ spread, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fewer Americans Have Herpes, But the Number is Still High
A new federal report reveals some good news about herpes: fewer Americans are getting the virus. However, nearly half of American adults have the first type of herpes simplex virus. According to the new findings, released Wednesday by the National Center of Health Statistics (NCHS)—part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—the prevalence of both strains of herpes is down. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) can both cause outbreaks of sores. HSV-1 typically causes cold sores on or around the mouth and is often spread by kissing, and HSV-2 can cause genital outbreaks and is ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized CDC genital herpes healthytime herpes hsv 1 herpes hsv 2 herpes outbreak herpes rates herpes simplex herpes sore NCHS oral herpes percentage of people with herpes public health safe sex sexually transmitted dise Source Type: news

Community Reception Center Electronic Data Collection Tool (CRC eTool)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health. 02/05/2018 This tool is designed to collect, analyze, visualize, and securely exchange population monitoring data, including demographics, radiation contamination measurements, radiation exposure assessment, and health outcomes, following a radiation incident affecting a large population. It is created using the Epi Info ™ 7 platform and can be implemented using a local area network to include laptops, tablets, and cell phones. Data analysis, visualization, and transfer and exchange processes are also much more efficient once the da...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The Country ’s First Safe Injection Facility May Soon Open in Philadelphia. Here’s What You Need to Know
Last month, supervised injection facilities, also known as safe injection facilities (SIFs), were thrust back into the news when Philadelphia officials announced the city would likely become the first in the U.S. to adopt the controversial tactic for fighting opioid abuse. SIFs, which currently operate in Canada, Europe and Australia, offer drug users a place to use heroin and other narcotics under the supervision of medical professionals. (SIFs do not provide drugs, nor do their employees inject users directly.) Proponents say they can help curb overdose deaths, improve injection hygiene and expand access to addiction tre...
Source: TIME: Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime onetime Philadelphia Source Type: news