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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.

Cucumbers from Mexico cause of new Salmonella outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico has killed one person and sickened 300 more in 27 states, hospitalizing 53 of them, since July 3, 2015, according to an alert posted by the CDC on Friday.

Multi-drug resistance Identified in WA Salmonella outbreak

In a troubling update issued Friday evening, the CDC is now saying the strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork in the Washington state food-borne illness outbreak is multi-drug resistant.

Salmonella linked to pork in eight Washington state counties

Seattle - Washington state and local health officials are partnering to investigate a number of cases and clusters of Salmonella infections that have popped up in eight counties recently. The cases all appear to be linked to eating pork.

The U.S. Ebola response summarized

Bethesda - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-media review of the agency’s role in dealing with the Ebola crisis in Africa.

Heroin use surges in U.S. — especially among whites and women

Fueled by the widespread use of prescription opiate-based pain killers in the U.S., heroin use and the number of deaths attributed to heroin overdose has surged over the past decade.

Avian flu prompts CDC warning of 'Potential for human infection'

While the chances of a person getting the avian flu in the U.S. still remain very low, the CDC, using an abundance of caution, is now saying that people who come into close contact with infected birds may be at a higher risk of infection.

New study shows that HPV vaccine may prevent cancer in men

A recent Dutch study provides more evidence that males derive indirect benefits when girls are immunized against human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease.

Video: Things you can do instead of smoking Commissioned

When smokers want to quit, they suddenly realize they have a lot of time on their hands. Also, they might need a healthy distraction from the addiction that took hold of their lives for so long.

CDC receives low biosafety score

Bethesda - A new report into biosafety has found the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) oversight of such matters “inconsistent and insufficient at multiple levels.”

Op-Ed: For vaccination, social media now makes the call

Through social media, popular media are holding control of health decisions, despite the information that the president and CDC try to provide.

Several Disneyland employees diagnosed with measles

Anaheim - Several employees at Disneyland, Anaheim, California's iconic themepark have been diagnosed with measles, health officials confirmed on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 18 in the county.

Heroin deaths are up for the third year in a row

Drug overdose deaths have been increasing for the last 20 or more years in the United States, but a troublesome statistic is creating a great deal of concern for health officials. For the third year in a row, heroin deaths have jumped again.

U.S. government lab mistakenly transfers Ebola

Bethesda - A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab appears to have mistakenly transferred the wrong Ebola samples — ones that may have contained live virus — to another CDC lab.

A 'severe flu season' or maybe not says the CDC

The H3N2 flu virus seems to be the primary strain going around this season. The CDC has already confirmed that this year's flu vaccine is not as effective because the H3N2 virus has already mutated, warning us this flu season may be severe.

U.S. CDC issues new Ebola threat alert

London - One year on from the first Ebola case in Guinea, the U.S. CDC raises a new warning about the potential spread of the virus and notes that more needs to be done to slow down the spread disease.
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