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Can Twitter, Google and AI help in forecasting flu outbreaks?

Predicting and forecasting the yearly flu season has always been difficult, and proper preparation is essential. To improve their forecasts and predictions, the CDC is getting some help from social media, AI, and other groups.

New study — Opioid deaths are 24 percent higher than we thought

Charlottesville - The grim death statistics are hard to swallow - 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. But even with the disturbing numbers, a University of Virginia researcher says we are under-counting by about 24 percent.

Two cases of deadly tick-borne virus confirmed in Maine

Bangor - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says two Maine residents are recovering from the Powassan virus, a rare virus transmitted to humans by infected ticks.

Op-Ed: Trumpcare, or free range concentration camps?

Washington - The parasitic orgy/ free range concentration camp which is Trumpcare has just drastically redefined access to health care. This level of mismanagement, if it becomes law, will be a true horror story in a sector made of horror stories.

CDC working to keep yellow fever vaccine from running out

It has been a year since the Zika outbreak hit the U.S. and now, health officials are worried about fighting another mosquito-borne virus - Yellow fever. And the U.S. supply of vaccines is due to run out by mid-summer.

10 percent of U.S. women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby

Atlanta - A study released April 4 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one in 10 U.S. women who were infected with the Zika virus while pregnant had a fetus or baby with Zika virus–associated birth defects.

CDC — Drug overdose deaths have more than doubled since 1999

Atlanta - New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled since 1999, with a sharp spike in heroin overdose deaths.

Flu spreads across 40 states with some states hit especially hard

Forty states and Puerto Rico are reporting flu cases as the seasonal virus continues its march across the United States this winter, prompting health officials to remind people that it's not too late to get their flu shots.

Opioid use produces cluster of unusual amnesia cases in U.S.

Boston - Besides opioid abuse being at epidemic levels in the United States, something just as worrisome is happening to drug users in eastern Massachusetts and possibly elsewhere. So far, 14 cases of amnesia brought on by opioid use have surfaced.

CDC's canceled Climate Summit back on but with new hosts

Al Gore and others have revived the CDC's climate change and health summit, but it is apparently minus the federal government's agency.

CDC quietly cancels climate change summit days before inaugural

Atlanta - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly and without fanfare canceled a climate change and public health summit that had been planned for February shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as president.

U.S. woman dies of 'superbug' infection no antibiotic could treat

Instead of teetering on the edge of a cliff when it comes to the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, we have now fallen off that cliff. A Nevada woman has died of a "superbug" resistant to all known antibiotics.

CDC considers lowering lead level threshold by 30 percent

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering lowering its threshold for lead levels in children by at least 30 percent. The move would make it easier for health practitioners to identify more children affected by the heavy metal.

Polio-like illness confirmed in eight Washington state children

Seattle - Eight of nine children exhibiting symptoms of a mysterious polio-like illness have been confirmed to have acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), the Washington State Department of Health announced on Friday.

Sexually transmitted disease rates in U.S. are the highest ever

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the 2015 report on Sexually transmitted diseases on Wednesday, stating there were more reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases last year than ever before in the United States.

2016 Flu season — a few new things you need to know this year

The flu season in the United States often begins in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. This means we should be thinking about getting our annual flu shots.

Will Congress let CDC run out of funds to fight Zika virus?

CDC's director, Dr. Tom Frieden announced on Tuesday that the agency was just about out of money to fight the Zika virus, just hours before Florida reported three new home-grown cases of the virus.

Number of people with cancer related to 9/11 attacks increasing

September 2016 will mark 15 years since the terror attacks on U.S. soil on September 11, 2001, but thousands of people are still feeling the effects of that day on their health.

With 168 cases of Hepatitis A, Hawaii no closer to finding source

In one week's time, the number of cases of Hepatitis A in Hawaii has jumped from 135 to 168 confirmed cases, and the source of the disease still remains elusive.

Did you know the feds have secret medical warehouses?

If you were to Google "Strategic National Stockpile" (SNS), you would only find 1,500 web pages, a small number of entries, seeing it is so secret. More to the point - very few people have ever heard of the SNS. What is it and what purpose does it serve?

CDC sanctioned for mishandling pathogens

Washington - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received a sanction due to several weaknesses relating to its handling of pathogens and infected material.

Superbugs account for 1 in 7 hospital infections

Bethesda - Superbugs are causing an increasing number of infections in U.S. hospitals, according to a new study. Pathogenic bacteria are responsible for one in seven infections.

Zika virus transmitted to women through sex suspected in 14 cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they are investigating 14 cases of the Zika virus in U.S. women who possibly contracted the virus through sexual contact with partners who had traveled to Zika- affected countries.

Dole salads Listeria outbreak numbers increase in Canada

On Tuesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) issued an update on the status of the ongoing investigation into the Listeria outbreak associated with Dole packaged salads from its Springfield, Ohio plant.

Chipotle shares plummet as E. coli now reported in six states

The E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of customers who had eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Oregon and Washington has now made its way to three more states. This brings the total up to six states that have been affected.

Op-Ed: U.S. to consider smoking ban in public housing nationwide

Washington D.c. - The U.S. government is considering legislation that would ban smoking on public housing land nationwide, and this includes homes, communal areas, and administrative offices within these areas. The ban could affect about one million homes.

Number of illnesses in Chipotle E. coli outbreak rises to 41

As the number of illnesses continues to grow, Oregon and Washington state health officials, along with the CDC and FDA continue their investigation into the source of the E. coli outbreak that has now sickened 41 people.

Op-Ed: 2016 and the hysterical, mindless ugliness of American politics

Washington - Even thinking about American politics is ugly. Its insanity is its defining feature. The country is no longer functioning on basic levels. The rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump reflects more polarization in both parties.

Ex-peanut company CEO sentenced to 28 years in salmonella coverup

Albany - Stewart Parnell, the former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Company of America, was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds between 2008 and 2009.

U.S. and Canada broaden recall of cucumbers after 2nd death

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the Salmonella outbreak linked to field cucumbers. There are now two deaths reported, 71 hospitalizations and 341 confirmed cases in 30 states.
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