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Severe Lung Illnesses Double, CDC Urges: Stop Vaping

The New York Times reports: Medical experts and federal health officials on Friday warned the public about the dangers of vaping and discouraged using the devices as the number of people with a severe lung illness linked to vaping has more than doubled to 450 possible cases in 33 states. State officials reported two deaths, bringing the number of confirmed …

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CDC Cites Lung Illnesses In Formal Vaping Warning

Axios reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a formal warning on Friday against the use of e-cigarettes, recommending users do not buy bootlegged e-cigarettes or modify vaping products or substances, per a press release. Why it matters: As of Aug. 27, 215 cases of lung illnesses associated with vaping had been reported, along with 1 death related …

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CDC Links Vaping To 153 Cases Of “Severe Lung Illness”

USA Today reports: Like to vape? Dabble in dabbing? Be careful: The number of vaping-related illnesses among teens and young adults is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that 153 possible cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping were reported across 16 states in just the past two months. Many cases involved …

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CDC HIV Update: Undetectable = Untransmittable

An important update to official CDC guidelines: For HIV-positive MSM, taking ART regularly greatly reduces the risk of HIV transmission to a negative partner. For persons who achieve and maintain viral suppression, there is effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partner. This translates to an effectiveness estimate of 100% for taking ART regularly as prescribed and …

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CDC Report: PrEP Usage Climbing But Still Far Too Low

NBC News reports: Thirty-five percent of gay and bisexual men at high risk of HIV infection were using PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, the daily pill that prevents HIV infection, in 2017, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, just 6 percent of these men used PrEP. However, despite the nearly 500 percent …

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REPORT: Trump To Pledge An End To HIV At SOTU

Politico reports: President Donald Trump plans to use Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to promise an end to the HIV epidemic in America, four individuals with knowledge of the planned remarks told POLITICO. Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy …

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Tons Of Turkey Recalled Over Salmonella Fears [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc., is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products over possible salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday. The items that might be contaminated were shipped across the U.S. and produced on two days: October 22 and 23. “The products subject to recall bear …

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CDC Issues E Coli Warning For Romaine Lettuce

ABC News reports: The CDC is advising consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants should not serve any because an outbreak of E.coli is being linked to it. The CDC published a food safety alert Tuesday afternoon on its website. Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and …

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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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