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24 Sep
CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended booster shots of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for millions of older and high-risk Americans, kicking off a new chapter in the national effort to protect the vulnerable from severe disease.

First,...

23 Sep
FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Seniors, High-Risk Americans

FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Seniors, High-Risk Americans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Pfizer booster shots for people over 65 and for those at high risk of severe COVID-19.

Under the emergency use authorization, the booster shots should be given at least six months after a person is fully vaccina...

22 Sep
CDC Expert Panel to Weigh In on Vaccine Boosters

CDC Expert Panel to Weigh In on Vaccine Boosters

An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Wednesday to discuss which Americans, if any, should get Pfizer booster shots to rev up their immunity to COVID-19.

Their recommendation will follow a decision by a U.S. Food and Drug A...

15 Sep
Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be tr...

07 Sep
Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

An alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers has updated guidance about COVID-19 vaccine boosters for cancer patients and the people around them.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network's new recommendations are intended for health care providers.

"COVID-19 can be ...

03 Sep
Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

Top U.S. health officials have reportedly warned the White House to curtail its plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans later this month.

Leaders of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both told White H...

03 Sep
New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

A new coronavirus variant called Mu that may be able to evade existing antibodies, including those from vaccines, is under close watch by U.S. health officials.

The variant hasn't taken extensive hold in the United States at this point, but the U.S. National Institute of...

02 Sep
UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a resurgence in other infections that strike hospitalized patients, a U.S. government study finds.

The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the broad toll the pandemic has taken. It found that rates o...

27 Aug
As Classes Resume, Some Health Tips From the CDC

As Classes Resume, Some Health Tips From the CDC

Students face a number of challenges as they head back to school this fall -- from potential exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses to injuries on the playing field.

"This return to school season is like no other," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Cente...

26 Aug
You're Vaccinated But Get a Breakthrough Infection: What Next?

You're Vaccinated But Get a Breakthrough Infection: What Next?

More than 171 million people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, but the highly infectious Delta variant has left some with "breakthrough" cases nonetheless.

These cases were anticipated, because the COVID vaccines weren't designed to eliminate al...

24 Aug
Salmonella Illness in 17 States Tied to Salami, Prosciutto

Salmonella Illness in 17 States Tied to Salami, Prosciutto

Two salmonella outbreaks that appear related to salami and other Italian-style meats have sickened at least 36 people in 17 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Twelve people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

24 Aug
Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

This year of pandemic isolation and anxiety has been tough for many, but an expert says college students are at particularly high risk for mental health issues as they transition from adolescence to adulthood.

As students return to their campuses, it's important for pare...

18 Aug
Less Than Three-Quarters of March Madness Fans Wore Masks Properly

Less Than Three-Quarters of March Madness Fans Wore Masks Properly

It could have been a slam-dunk, but fewer than 3 out of 4 fans at the March Madness basketball tournament wore masks correctly, a new study reports.

Mask mandates at sporting events, concerts and other large indoor gatherings play an important role in combating the sprea...

17 Aug
New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

Five years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention retooled a guideline for prescribing opioid painkillers, research suggests the change is paying off.

With the United States in the grip of an opioid overdose epidemic, the CDC released an evidence-base...

11 Aug
Breaded, Raw Chicken Recalled in Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

Breaded, Raw Chicken Recalled in Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

More than 59,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products linked with a multi-state salmonella outbreak have been recalled, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

The products were produced Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, 2021, by Se...

10 Aug
4th Case of Tropical Bacterial Illness Found in United States: CDC

4th Case of Tropical Bacterial Illness Found in United States: CDC

The fourth U.S. case of a rare and potentially fatal bacterial disease called melioidosis, typically found in the tropics, has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Genome testing shows that the strain in the latest case in Georgia is linked t...

09 Aug
The Delta Variant & the Vaccinated: One Expert's Take on the Data

The Delta Variant & the Vaccinated: One Expert's Take on the Data

News that the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 can be picked up and spread by vaccinated folks has sparked confusion and concern, and an infectious disease expert wants to clarify.

These worries follow a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention r...

30 Jul
Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic

Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic

Opioid overdose-related visits to U.S. emergency departments rose by nearly one-third during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

That's the key finding in a new analysis of data from 25 emergency departments in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts a...

29 Jul
CDC Now Says Vaccinated Should Be Tested After COVID Exposure, Even Without Symptoms

CDC Now Says Vaccinated Should Be Tested After COVID Exposure, Even Without Symptoms

People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should be tested for the virus if they come into contact with infected people, whether or not they have symptoms, say updated testing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency previously said ...

06 Jul
Listeria Outbreak Linked to Precooked Chicken: CDC

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Precooked Chicken: CDC

One death has been reported in a listeriaoutbreak that appears to be linked to precooked chicken served in health care facilities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Three people in Texas and Delaware became sick after they ate foods at a ...

02 Jul
How Much Should the Delta Variant Worry You?

How Much Should the Delta Variant Worry You?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is upending any return to normalcy in some parts of the United States, with locales like Los Angeles County urging vaccinated folks to once again don masks indoors.

Infectious disease experts said these places are acting with an abundance of...

17 Jun
Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

The coronavirus pandemic has had an unexpected side effect -- a wave of bad reactions to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Vapors from the products can cause headache, nausea and dizziness, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which advises consumers to use ...

11 Jun
Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic.

Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who've gott...

08 Jun
Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

A real-world study shows that even when folks who get the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do have 'breakthrough' infections, those illnesses are mild.

The study, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is among the first to show that...

25 May
'Breakthrough' COVID Infections After Vaccination Are Rare: CDC

'Breakthrough' COVID Infections After Vaccination Are Rare: CDC

Comedian and commentator Bill Maher recently made news of his own when he contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

But such breakthrough COVID-19 cases among the vaccinated are rare, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio...

05 May
U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July

U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July

The United States could see a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases by the end of July, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Six research teams asked to project future COVID-19 trends have concluded that new infections will drasti...

27 Apr
CDC Says Vaccinated Can Shed Masks Outside, Except in Crowds

CDC Says Vaccinated Can Shed Masks Outside, Except in Crowds

Fully vaccinated Americans can now go without masks when walking, jogging or biking outdoors, or when dining with small groups at outdoor restaurants, U.S. health officials announced Tuesday.

The latest guidance, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

23 Apr
CDC Panel Recommends Resuming Use of J&J COVID Vaccine

CDC Panel Recommends Resuming Use of J&J COVID Vaccine

The United States should resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a key advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Friday.

The agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has determined that the benefit...

16 Apr
4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

Four in 10 transgender women have HIV, which shows the urgent need to offer them more prevention and treatment services, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

In interviews with more than 1,600 transgender women in Atlanta, Los Angele...

16 Apr
Know the Signs of Rare Blood Clot Linked With J & J Vaccine

Know the Signs of Rare Blood Clot Linked With J & J Vaccine

While U.S. federal government experts probe potential risks of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, what do you need to know if you have had the one-dose COVID shot or hope to get it?

Experts at the American Heart Association (AHA) describe what to look out for.

The U.S....

14 Apr
America's STD Rate at Record High Again: CDC

America's STD Rate at Record High Again: CDC

There's another epidemic sweeping the United States: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Statistics for 2019 -- the latest data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- show that STD rates in the United States hit a new high again for the s...

07 Apr
Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Americans' trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opinion poll finds.

Researchers polled more than 2,000 Americans in May 2020 and questioned most again five months later. Respondents were asked to rate...

01 Mar
More Than 87,000 Scientific Papers Already Published on COVID-19

More Than 87,000 Scientific Papers Already Published on COVID-19

The world's researchers have worked at a breakneck pace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through October, more than 87,000 papers about the new coronavirus were published worldwide. That's a remarkable number even given the significance of the pandemic, according to the res...

16 Feb
As Pot Legalization Spreads, More Teens Are Lighting Up

As Pot Legalization Spreads, More Teens Are Lighting Up

As pot gains in acceptance among adults, teenagers appear to be more tempted to try it, a new study out of California finds.

After the state legalized marijuana use for adults in 2016, teens' use of the drug also climbed after years of steady decline.

Research...

15 Feb
Not the Flu: COVID Death Risk Is 3.5 Times That of Influenza

Not the Flu: COVID Death Risk Is 3.5 Times That of Influenza

The risk of death from COVID-19 is more than triple that from seasonal flu, researchers in Canada say.

Their findings are similar to recent studies from the United States and France. The study was published Feb. 10 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

12 Feb
Southern California Is Origin of New COVID-19 Variant

Southern California Is Origin of New COVID-19 Variant

A new variant of COVID-19 found in Southern California is coursing across the United States and around the world, a new study finds.

The variant -- called CAL.20C -- was first found in July in Los Angeles County. It reappeared in Southern California in October, then spre...

05 Feb
Connecticut Man's Illness Suggests Recurrent Case of COVID-19 Is Possible

Connecticut Man's Illness Suggests Recurrent Case of COVID-19 Is Possible

An unfortunate Connecticut man apparently suffered through two separate bouts of COVID-19 four months apart, adding to evidence that reinfection can occur after natural immunity wanes, doctors say.

The 43-year-old Hispanic man had a life-threatening first infection with ...

05 Feb
Study Shows Social Distancing Does Cut Your Odds for COVID-19

Study Shows Social Distancing Does Cut Your Odds for COVID-19

Keeping a safe distance because it is safer for everyone during a pandemic also carries a personal payoff.

A new study finds that social distancing reduces your individual risk of contracting COVID-19.

"The evidence from our work indicates there is value in sociall...

15 Jan
What Happened to the Flu This Year?

What Happened to the Flu This Year?

The United States has far fewer flu cases than normal, and experts say it's probably due to measures people are taking to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Flu season usually peaks between December and February. Influenza typically causes about 45 million illnesses, 810,...

06 Jan
Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines Are Rare, Resolved on Site: CDC

Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines Are Rare, Resolved on Site: CDC

Cases of anaphylactic shock caused by COVID-19 vaccines are very rare, based on numbers from the first week and a half of vaccinations in the United States, federal public health officials said Wednesday.

There have been 21 cases of anaphylaxis out of nearly 1.9 million ...

30 Dec
With Pot Rules Relaxed, More U.S. Teens Driving While High: Study

With Pot Rules Relaxed, More U.S. Teens Driving While High: Study

America's roads are notoriously unsafe on New Year's Eve, and a new study shows that marijuana legalization could be making the situation even worse.

Almost half of teenagers who regularly use pot admit they've gotten behind the wheel while stoned, a new study in

24 Dec
Even Winter Carries Skin Cancer Risks for College Students

Even Winter Carries Skin Cancer Risks for College Students

Researchers from two universities in Utah have a warning for students planning to hit the slopes or play in the snow without sunscreen: You could greatly increase your risk of skin cancer.

A survey of students by Brigham Young University College of Nursing in Provo found...

03 Dec
Americans With Asthma Get First Updated Guidelines in Over a Decade

Americans With Asthma Get First Updated Guidelines in Over a Decade

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has updated guidelines for treating asthma.

The update is the first in 13 years and takes into account new medications and other advances in asthma care. It focuses on treatment tailored for different age groups and severity of dise...

02 Dec
CDC Shrinks COVID Quarantine Time, Advises Against Holiday Travel

CDC Shrinks COVID Quarantine Time, Advises Against Holiday Travel

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention delivered some good news and some bad news on Wednesday: The recommended length of quarantine after exposure to the new coronavirus has been shortened, but Americans are again being asked to avoid any and all travel during th...

24 Nov
COVID Cases Could Double by Biden's Inauguration: Study

COVID Cases Could Double by Biden's Inauguration: Study

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States is likely to nearly double before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, researchers warn.

Cases could rise from 11.4 million to 20 million by the end of January, according to a study published Nov. 23 in the...

23 Nov
Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the United States and the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday, families are faced with a challenging choice.

Do they skip family gatherings and the usual way they celebrate their traditions? Or do they risk bringing t...

23 Nov
College Kid Coming Home for Thanksgiving? Here's How to Keep Your Family Safe

College Kid Coming Home for Thanksgiving? Here's How to Keep Your Family Safe

As college students prepare to leave their campuses for Thanksgiving or study remotely for the rest of the semester, families should consider their risks and work to reduce them, according to an infectious disease expert.

Dr. David Cennimo, an assistant professor in pedi...

19 Nov
Stay Home This Holiday, CDC and Medical Groups Urge

Stay Home This Holiday, CDC and Medical Groups Urge

Americans should stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings, leading public health agencies and medical societies warn as COVID-19 surges and pandemic deaths in the United States pass 250,000.

At a press conference held Thursday, officials at the U.S. Centers for Di...

19 Nov
COVID in Pregnancy Won't Affect Obstetric Outcomes: Study

COVID in Pregnancy Won't Affect Obstetric Outcomes: Study

Pregnant women with COVID-19 have little risk of developing severe symptoms, as do their newborns, a new study finds.

In fact, 95% of these women have good outcomes, and just 3% of their babies test positive for COVID-19, researchers say.

"For 5% of COVID-19-positi...

13 Nov
Is the Pandemic Harming Kids' Mental Health?

Is the Pandemic Harming Kids' Mental Health?

FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 (HealthDay) -- Since last April, hospital emergency rooms across the United States have seen a sustained surge in visits related to the mental health of school-aged kids, a new report reveals.

The findings suggest the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a t...