Tag Archives: CDC

HHS Diverts Millions From HIV And Cancer Programs To Pay For Housing Detained Immigrant Children

Yahoo News reports: The Department of Health and Human Services is diverting millions of dollars in funding from a number of programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children. In a letter sent to Sen. Patty Murray, D.-Wash., and obtained by ...

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STD Cases Hit Record High, Resistant Gonorrhea Rises

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. saw a record number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in 2017, marking the fourth straight year of sharp increases in gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trend is exacerbated by the fact that gonorrhea could soon become resistant to antibiotic treatment, the CDC said ...

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CDC Report: Hundreds Ill From Parasite In McD Salads

USA Today reports: Some 395 people have become sick from eating tainted McDonald’s salads, according to an updated count Friday afternoon from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illnesses have been linked to salad mix contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite, which is spread through fecal matter. Sixteen individuals have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. Fifteen states have ...

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Cat Poop Parasite May Reduce Human Fear Of Failure

NBC News reports: A mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces may give people the courage they need to become entrepreneurs, researchers reported Tuesday. They found that people who have been infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite are more likely to major in business and to have started their own businesses than non-infected people. The parasite, which makes rodents unafraid of ...

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CDC: Cereal Recalled After Salmonella Sickens 73

The New York Times reports: A salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has sickened 73 people in 31 states, according to federal health officials, prompting a recall of some of the product this week. As of Thursday, 24 people had been hospitalized, but no deaths had been reported. Cereal boxes that have a “best if used by” date ...

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CDC To Roll Back Data Collection On LGBT Health

Via press release from the Williams Institute: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official disclosed that the agency will roll back support for the collection of data on the health and well-being of LGBT people through the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). “The BRFSS is one of the few federally-supported data collection activities that make the needs ...

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CDC Warning: Throw Away All Your Romaine Lettuce

CNBC reports: Federal authorities are urging people who bought chopped romaine lettuce in the United States to throw it away because it could get them sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz., has expanded to 53 cases in 16 states. The CDC warning is clear: ...

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Objections Raised After Controversial HIV Researcher With Ties To Abstinence Group Tapped To Head CDC

The New York Times reports: A leading AIDS researcher and proponent of medication-assisted therapy for addiction was appointed Wednesday to oversee the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alex M. Azar II, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, announced that the agency’s new director would be Dr. Robert R. Redfield, a professor at the University of Maryland School ...

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CDC: Thousands Dying Weekly From The Flu

Bloomberg reports: The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses. It’s an unexpected phenomenon that public health experts are still trying to decode. The levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the ...

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CDC Report: Flu Hospitalizations Reach Record High

CBS News reports: Federal health officials say at least 16 more children died of the flu over the past week and more states are reporting high levels of illness. In a briefing Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu outbreak is responsible for at least 53 child deaths so far this season. “Hospitalizations are now the ...

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CDC To Cut Global Disease Response By 80%

The Washington Post reports: Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said. The CDC programs, part of a global health security initiative, ...

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CDC Head Resigns Over Purchase Of Tobacco Stocks

CNBC is reporting that CDC head Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned this morning. Yesterday multiple outlets reported that she purchased stock in a global Big Tobacco company after Trump appointed her to the post. After assuming the CDC leadership July 7, Fitzgerald bought tens of thousands of dollars in new stock holdings in at least a dozen companies later that month as ...

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We CDC You: Trump’s Top Health Official Bought Shares In Big Tobacco One Month After Being Appointed

Politico reports: The Trump administration’s top public health official bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her leadership of the agency charged with reducing tobacco use — the leading cause of preventable disease and death and an issue she had long championed. The stock was one of about a dozen new investments that Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the ...

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Deadly Flu Outbreak Nearing Epidemic Levels

The Associated Press reports: A particularly deadly flu virus has reportedly become widespread in 46 states across the country, according to the recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This is a feature of this year’s flu — not only did it start early, but it seemed to occur all over the country more or less ...

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CDC To Give Briefing On Nuclear Detonations

Just in case, right? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has scheduled a briefing for later this month on how to plan and prepare for a nuclear detonation. The briefing, for CDC employees, is part of a monthly series at the agency meant to “further strengthen CDC’s common scientific culture and foster discussion and debate on major public ...

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Perkins: The CDC’s Ban On Words Like Transgender Is Only Trump “Bringing The Country Back To Reality”

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: For once, it’s not what the Trump administration is saying that’s raising the media’s eyebrows — it’s what they aren’t saying. Heading into the weekend, the Washington Post sparked an interesting debate over the power of words when it reported that officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were asked ...

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Trump Administration Bans CDC From Using Certain Words: Transgender, Diversity, Fetus, Science-Based

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of ...

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Historic CDC Statement On People Getting “Effective” HIV Treatment: Undetectable = Untransmittable

HIV Plus Magazine reports: After hundreds of other experts and HIV organizations have already signed on to a pledge that recognizes that people living with HIV whose treatment has brought their viral load to an undetectable level — which is nearly half of all HIV-positive people in the U.S. — cannot transmit HIV to any other person, the Centers for ...

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CDC Annual Report: STD Cases At Record High

Via press release: More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also ...

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CDC Abruptly Cancels Climate Change Conference

NBC News reports: The government’s top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn’t saying why publicly. But a co-sponsor was told by the Centers for Disease and Prevention that the agency was worried how the conference would be viewed by the Trump administration. The incoming administration did not ask or order ...

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