Study Determines Patients Most Vulnerable to E. Coli H30

MINNEAPOLIS—The pandemic strain of drug-resistant E. coli H30 begins as a subtle, hard-to-detect infection, usually of the urinary tract. The strain is of special concern, however, according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases, because it appears to have an… Read More

CDC Tackles Heart Health And Winnable Battles In 2012

The CDC is the health sentinel for our nation. Monitoring and surveillance are among our key functions, allowing the country to know the extent of health problems, which populations are most affected and whether interventions are working. We also focus… Read More

First Malaria Vaccine Could Be Available in Four Years

WASHINGTON — The world’s first malaria vaccine may finally be within reach. Scientists and public health officials are optimistic about recent news that a malaria vaccine candidate was able to reduce the risk of malaria by half in young African… Read More

Public Health Officials Optimistic About Dengue Fever Vaccine in A Few Years

WASHINGTON, DC—With two-fifths of the world’s population at risk for dengue fever, a severe flu-like illness which sometimes leads to fatal complications, the development of a vaccine has long been an important, albeit elusive, goal in managing the disease. Now,… Read More

CDC Reports Asthma Prevalence Remains at Historic High

WASHINGTON, DC—Although an increase in the prevalence of asthma has slowed since the mid-1990s, it still remains at historically high levels, a CDC report released this year found. In 2009, nearly 8.2% of Americans surveyed had asthma, an increase of… Read More

CDC: Many in US with High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Not Treated Effectively

WASHINGTON, DC—Two out of three US adults with high cholesterol and half of US adults with high blood pressure are not being treated effectively, according to CDC’s Vital Signs. “Heart disease is the leading killer in America, and the bottom… Read More

More Americans Report Getting an HIV Test

WASHINGTON, DC—Progress has been made in increasing the number of Americans tested for HIV. An analysis of data released in a recent CDC Vital Signs report showed that 82.9 million US adults between 18 and 64 reported having been tested… Read More

Worldwide HIV Elimination Difficult but Necessary, Leading Researcher Contends

—————————————— We Want to Hear From You Has globalization increased our ability to fight disease, our vulnerability to disease, or both?Please click here to participate in this month’s U.S. Medicine readership poll. BETHESDA, MD— “In 1981, we… Read More

Many Smokers Also Use Smokeless Tobacco, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—Many who smoke are also using smokeless tobacco. New data compiled by CDC that covers use of smokeless tobacco in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam found that the rates… Read More

FDA Looking to Impact Preventable Medication Harm

SILVER SPRING, MD—“Patient safety is the primary responsibility of everyone who is involved in the healthcare system.” That is the philosophy that underlies FDA’s Safe Use Initiative and what Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and… Read More

US Youth are Vulnerable to HIV Infection, HIV Activists Say

WASHINGTON, DC—At the age of 19, Marvelyn Brown, a college student, was sick in the hospital when she was confronted with the news that she was HIV positive. Now 26, and an activist who promotes HIV testing among young people,… Read More

Decline in Tobacco Use Has Stalled, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—The 40-year decline in tobacco use in the US has stalled, according to CDC. A new CDC report states that the number of adult smokers dropped between 2000 and 2005, but smoking has remained at about 20% to 21%… Read More

Vaccine Coverage Among Pre-Teens Increases, CDC Says

WASHINGTON, DC—Continued increases—as much as 15%—were made in nationwide coverage for vaccines specifically recommended for pre-teens, according to CDC estimates released in August. The survey of more than 20,000 teens aged 13-17 found that in 2009 there were increases… Read More

Many Mothers Initiate Breastfeeding But Do Not Continue, Report Finds

WASHINGTON, DC—Seventy-five percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 started life breastfeeding, meeting the nation’s Healthy People 2010 goal, according to CDC. However, the number of babies who continue breastfeeding until six and 12 months was not… Read More

Survey Finds More Adults Report Being Obese

WASHINGTON, DC—No state has achieved the US government’s goal for 2010 of having an obesity prevalence of 15% or less, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said last month. In addition, the number of states reporting an obesity prevalence of 30% or… Read More

Many Young Adults with Elevated Cholesterol Not Screened, Study Finds

While less than half of young adults are not getting cholesterol screening, up to a quarter of them have elevated cholesterol, a CDC study shows. The report, Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors and Screening for High Cholesterol Levels… Read More