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Accidental Shootings Kill More Kids Than You Know

Gov't stats may actually miss a third of cases

(Newser) - Government statistics may miss a third of deadly accidental shootings involving children, according to a joint investigation from the AP and USA Today. The survey of news reports, public sources, and research data shows minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day during the first... More »

Few Kids Fully Recover From Rare Disease On the Rise

50 cases of AFM confirmed in US in 2016

(Newser) - At first, it seemed like 4-year-old Laura Carson was suffering from a simple headache. Then came rapid shallow breathing, a tremor, double vision. Within days in August 2014, she was "a limp rag doll," reports Today —but it took doctors some time to diagnose her with acute... More »

CDC Wants to Be Sure You Know What Sepsis Is

Cases are on the rise

(Newser) - The CDC has declared a "medical emergency" about sepsis , a common medical complication it says is on the radar of too few people—including medical professionals, reports the Washington Post . The idea is for more people to raise the possibility of sepsis should symptoms appear. They range broadly from... More »

CDC: Our Zika Money Is Basically Gone

'The cupboard is bare,' says Tom Frieden

(Newser) - "The cupboard is bare." Not the most reassuring sentence when the speaker is CDC head Tom Frieden and what was formerly in the cupboard was the agency's Zika-fighting money. Congress has thus far failed to direct emergency funds to fighting the Zika virus, so the CDC rerouted... More »

Lazy Contact Care Can Mess Up Eyes Long Term

Nearly 20% of eye infections from contacts result in more serious eye injuries: CDC

(Newser) - Sleeping with contacts in or forgetting to swap in a new pair according to schedule may be the unintended result of a harried lifestyle, but it could also lead to long-term eye damage, a new CDC study reports. Researchers looked at 1,075 cases of eye infections reported to an... More »

The Feds Own (Maybe 6) Secret Medical Warehouses

The Strategic National Stockpile is designed to counter threats to America's health

(Newser) - Search Google News for articles on the "Strategic National Stockpile" and you'll get a slim 1,480 , a low quantity befitting a program studded with secrets. The SNS falls under the auspices of the CDC, which was in 1999 given congressional funding in order to stockpile what now... More »

Emerging Drug-Resistant Yeast Infection Can Be Deadly

So far there appears to have been 1 infection in US, but CDC warns hospitals to be on lookout

(Newser) - There's a new drug-resistant infection on the rise, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting hospitals nationwide to be on the lookout for Candida auris, a difficult-to-identify yeast infection that can prove fatal to those it infects. Though only one case has been spotted in the... More »

Zika Moms Face 'Substantial' Risk for Birth Defects

Up to 14% chance, says CDC

(Newser) - A month after confirming Zika causes birth defects , CDC researchers say there is a "substantial" risk that a pregnant woman will have a baby with a birth defect if infected with Zika during her first trimester. More specifically, the risk for microencaphaly is 1% to 14% depending on the... More »

A Third of Antibiotic Prescriptions Are 'Inappropriate': CDC

And potentially dangerous, as they create drug-resistant bacteria

(Newser) - Scientists have been concerned for some time about "Phantom Menace"-type superbugs that aren't fazed by meds. The latest CDC data finds that 2 million people a year in the US are infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die directly from those infections.... More »

Suicide Rate Jumps for Americans Ages 10 Through 74

Rates up significantly for middle-aged adults, particularly women

(Newser) - As Canada grapples with a suicide crisis , it seems America may have one on its hands, too. Researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics on Friday released a report that puts the US suicide rate at 13 per 100,000 people—a 30-year high, per the New ... More »

The Top 10 Things That Kill Us

Heart disease, cancer top the list

(Newser) - Don't count on leaving this world in a bizarre hot tub incident . According to the CDC, your death is much more likely to be, well, boring. Live Science rounds up the top 10 leading causes of the death in the US, based on the most recent stats from 2013: More »

CDC to Doctors: Cool It With the Painkiller Prescriptions

New recommendations aim to curb opioid abuse

(Newser) - Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control... More »

No One Knows Source of Wis. Blood Infections

Elizabethkingia has infected 44 people and may have contributed to 18 deaths

(Newser) - The number of suspected cases of a blood infection that may have contributed to 18 deaths in Wisconsin is growing, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has assigned additional investigators to pinpoint the bacteria's source, the AP reports. Infectious disease specialists describe the Wisconsin outbreak of... More »

Latest E. Coli Culprit: Alfalfa Sprouts

Outbreak in Michigan, Wisconsin has sickened 9 people

(Newser) - Alfalfa sprouts are behind the latest E. coli outbreak, making nine people ill in Michigan and Wisconsin, CNN reports. Per a CDC announcement issued Thursday, the affected sprouts originated from Jack & the Green Sprouts in River Falls, Wis., and caused two of the sickened individuals to be hospitalized. More »

CDC: 50% of Black Gay Men Will Contract HIV

New research reveals stark differences in risk

(Newser) - About half of gay and bisexual black men will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime, according to new government estimates. Overall, for the average American, the odds of an HIV infection is 1 in 99 and has been declining. But the risk varies widely for different groups.... More »

CDC: Cancer Risk From Flooring 3 Times What We Thought

Lumber Liquidators' stock dives after revised CDC report on formaldehyde levels

(Newser) - A certain type of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators may up the risk of cancer, and the company's stocks are taking a beating, CNNMoney reports. Shares fell by up to 24% Monday morning, per Bloomberg and Reuters , after the CDC issued a revised report that found health effects... More »

Tweeted Photo by CDC Chief Sums Up Zika Problem

'50 years of neglect'

(Newser) - One big reason the world is in something of a panic over the Zika virus is summed up succinctly in a photo tweeted Friday by CDC chief Tom Frieden. The image is of a paltry stack of papers on a desk, with the caption: "Entire world literature on Zika.... More »

CDC Tells Men Who've Been in Zika Areas to Use Condoms

If they have sex with a pregnant woman, or maybe even a not-pregnant one

(Newser) - US health officials on Friday said men who have been to a Zika outbreak region should use condoms if they have sex with a pregnant woman—for the entire duration of the pregnancy. The guidance also said the men might consider abstaining or using condoms even during sex with a... More »

CDC to Young Women: Don't Drink if Not on Birth Control

'Paternalistic' warning causes backlash

(Newser) - A warning too far? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a lot of heat this week for a press release warning that more than 3 million American women of childbearing age who drink alcohol and don't use birth control are at risk of exposing a potential... More »

CDC: Chipotle's E. Coli Outbreak Apparently Over

Last illness linked to outbreak started on Dec. 1

(Newser) - The federal agency that monitors public health says the outbreak of E. coli illness linked to Chipotle restaurants that sickened 60 people appears to be over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the most recent illness reported to the agency started on Dec. 1. Although the CDC... More »

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