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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 listeria outbreak 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 f...

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...

11 Nov
One-Third of E-Cigarette Users Report Signs of Lung Damage: Study

One-Third of E-Cigarette Users Report Signs of Lung Damage: Study

One of every three people who vape say they have symptoms associated with damage to the lungs or respiratory tract, a new study reports.

Specifically, 33% of e-cigarette users reported having one or more of the five symptoms associated with EVALI, or e-cigarette- or vapi...

05 Nov
Telecommuting Shields Workers From COVID-19: CDC Report

Telecommuting Shields Workers From COVID-19: CDC Report

Working from home during the pandemic significantly reduces your risk of catching COVID-19, U.S. health officials say.

The option to work remotely, however, appears to be available mostly to college-educated white employees with health insurance who make $75,000 a year o...

15 Oct
COVID Scored Big at 'Superspreader' Hockey Game

COVID Scored Big at 'Superspreader' Hockey Game

A single pick-up hockey game in Tampa Bay in June wound up becoming a COVID-19 superspreader event, with one player infecting as many as 15 other people on the ice, Florida public health officials report.

The June 16 hockey game involved 22 men between the ages of 19...

09 Oct
Animal Study Points to Heating Coil Behind Serious Vaping Injuries

Animal Study Points to Heating Coil Behind Serious Vaping Injuries

The type of heating coil used in an e-cigarette and the amount of voltage sent through it could be contributing to vaping-related lung injuries, a new animal study contends.

Laboratory rats suffered lung injuries when exposed to vapor from devices using high-powered ...

02 Oct
Beware Pet 'Bearded Dragons': CDC Says They Could Carry Salmonella

Beware Pet 'Bearded Dragons': CDC Says They Could Carry Salmonella

What next, 2020?

In this year of surprising threats to public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating a pair of salmonella outbreaks among people who cuddled pet hedgehogs and bearded dragon lizards.

No deaths have ...

01 Oct
With 'Twindemic' Looming,  2 out of 5 Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot

With 'Twindemic' Looming, 2 out of 5 Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot

Despite a potential looming "twindemic" of influenza and COVID-19, about 2 in 5 U.S. adults do not plan to get a flu shot, a new survey shows.

Only 59% of adults surveyed said they will get the influenza vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season, according to resul...

24 Sep
America's COVID Pandemic Is Now Skewing Younger

America's COVID Pandemic Is Now Skewing Younger

Young adults in their 20s now account for more cases of COVID-19 than any other age group, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From June through August, people in their 20s accounted for more than 20% of all COVID infe...

17 Sep
Wildfire Smoke Poses Special Threat to People With Asthma

Wildfire Smoke Poses Special Threat to People With Asthma

People with asthma and other respiratory illnesses need to be aware of the threat that wildfire smoke poses to their breathing and take steps to protect themselves, an allergy expert warns.

Wildfires are raging across western U.S. states, and the smoke is spreading a...

16 Sep
Pregnant Women With COVID-19 at High Risk for Complications

Pregnant Women With COVID-19 at High Risk for Complications

COVID-19 may hit pregnant women especially hard, U.S. health officials warned in two reports.

In one report, scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge pregnant women and health care providers to be aware of the risks for severe COVID-1...

07 Aug
Baby's Meningitis Case Highlights Growing Danger of Antibiotic Resistance

Baby's Meningitis Case Highlights Growing Danger of Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria affected the treatment of meningitis at a major children's hospital in Washington, D.C.

This single case at Children's National Hospital raises concerns about drug resistance in the common bacterium that caused the infection, and researc...

07 Aug
Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

Will a Cheap Pill Cure Gonorrhea? New Test Can Tell

Researchers say a new test can tell which patients with gonorrhea will benefit from treatment with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.

The low-cost drug has been out of use amid concern that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea was becoming resistant to it.

In th...

29 Jun
Intestinal Illness Spurs Recall of Bagged Salads Sold at Walmart, Aldi

Intestinal Illness Spurs Recall of Bagged Salads Sold at Walmart, Aldi

Bagged salad mixes sold at Walmart and other stores are linked with an outbreak of intestinal illness in eight Midwestern states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

More than 200 people in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebras...

24 Jun
1 in 10 Americans Uses a Prescription Painkiller: CDC

1 in 10 Americans Uses a Prescription Painkiller: CDC

Americans continue to look to the medicine cabinet for pain relief, with 1 in 10 using some type of prescription painkiller, a new U.S. government report says.

But use of prescription opioid painkillers leveled off from 2015 to 2018, while prescriptions for nonopioi...

02 Jun
COVID-19 Cases Drop in Warm Weather, But Not Much

COVID-19 Cases Drop in Warm Weather, But Not Much

So many questions remain unanswered about COVID-19, including whether the pandemic coronavirus will wane with warmer weather, like some other respiratory viruses.

In search of an answer, researchers at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., studied the effects o...

29 Apr
Coronavirus Crisis Has Fewer Kids Getting Needed Vaccines

Coronavirus Crisis Has Fewer Kids Getting Needed Vaccines

Fear of exposure to COVID-19 appears to be exacting an unexpected toll on public health: Childhood vaccination rates have plummeted, leaving millions at risk for other life-threatening illnesses.

"We're seeing a general drop in pediatrician visits of 70% to 80...

22 Apr
Coping With Budget Stress During the Pandemic

Coping With Budget Stress During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has supercharged the financial stress that already plagues many Americans, an expert says.

About half of Americans lived paycheck to paycheck before the pandemic, according to a recent survey from First National Bank of Omaha, and now many ha...

13 Apr
FDA Tackles Questions About Blood Donation, Face Masks During Pandemic

FDA Tackles Questions About Blood Donation, Face Masks During Pandemic

It is safe to donate blood during the coronavirus pandemic? Do cloth face masks offer meaningful protection against COVID-19?

These are among the questions Americans are asking, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the agency is offering some answ...