CDC

Heroin epidemic continues to claim lives: CDC report

Heroin epidemic continues to claim lives: CDC report

Deaths from heroin overdoses have more than tripled across the United States in the past five years, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) revealed in its latest report.

According to the report, one in every four drug overdoses (25 per cent) in 2015 was related to the illegal potent drug heroin. In 1999, the percentage was merely 6 per cent of all overdose cases related to heroine.

The federal agency also warned that adults in the age group of 45-54 years had the highest drug overdose-related death rate in the nation.

Tags: 

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) abruptly canceled its climate conference, former Vice President Al Gore announced that he would host a similar conference focusing on climate change and its effects on public health.

On Thursday, Gore announced that he would hold his own Climate & Health Meeting in partnership with Howard Frumkin, former director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

Tags: 

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that pet rats were the cause of recent virus outbreak which sickened 8 people in Illinois and Wisconsin.

CDC said the victims in the two states worked at rat-breeding facilities and got infected with Seoul virus that is not typically found in the nation.

Tags: 

Fight against zika continues

Fight against zika continues

Amid growing cases of zika infection across the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has University of Florida researchers with a $10 million grant to find ways to stop zika-like diseases from becoming widespread in the nation.

University officials confirmed yesterday that the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease’s Gateway Program received the grant from the CDC for leading a new research program focused at stopping diseases like zika.

Tags: 

Washington, Minnesota witness decline in child obesity rates

Washington, Minnesota witness decline in child obesity rates

Obesity rates for young children from low-income families in Washington, Minnesota and many other states in the U.S. slipped during the four-year period ending 2014, stats released by the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Department of Agriculture (DoA) showed.

Minnesota’s rate of obesity rate among kids in the age group of 2 to 4 years from low-income families participating in the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program slipped from 12.7 per cent in 2010 to 12.3 per cent in 2014.

Tags: 

Surgeon General Murthy outlines bleak terms of severity of drug addiction

Surgeon General Murthy outlines bleak terms of severity of drug addiction

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s newly released report, titled “Facing Addiction in America,” outlines bleak terms of the severity of the issue.

The report on the nation’s drug and alcohol addiction crisis states that more than 500,000 U.S. citizens have died from drug or alcohol abuse since 2000, and as many as 21 million people are in the grip of substance abuse disorders, yet only 10 per cent of them are getting treatment.

Three new AFM cases surfaced in Washington

Three new AFM cases surfaced in Washington

The number of children with a rare neurological syndrome called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is on the rise in Washington, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health confirmed on Tuesday.

Three new possible AFM cases have recently been reported in Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane. Earlier this month, at least eight kids in five counties across the state were diagnosed with the same rare neurological condition.

All the reported AFM cases are being investigated by experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Smoking causes DNA mutations that make lung cancer more likely: study

Smoking causes DNA mutations that make lung cancer more likely: study

Every year of cigarette smoking causes DNA mutations in lung cells that make the deadly disease of cancer more likely, according to a study published in the most recent edition of the journal Science.

Researchers found that those who smoke a pack of cigarettes daily for a year make the DNA in every cell in their lungs to acquire nearly 150 new mutations. The cells in the larynx acquire nearly 97 new mutations, while the pharynx and oral cavity accumulate 39 and 23 new mutations, respectively.

Nine in ten American teenagers do not follow minimum 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity

Nine in ten American teenagers do not follow minimum 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity

Despite the fact that the US has been facing obesity epidemic, not many efforts have been seen on the part of American teenagers to maintain their physical fitness. A new study has found that majority of American teenagers continue to lead their life in a sedentary manner.

CDC suggests measures to avoid falls, leading cause of injuryand death among elderly in US

CDC suggests measures to avoid falls, leading cause of injuryand death among elderly in US

A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has unveiled that fall are the topmost reason of injury and death among elderly in the United States. As per the federal report, this health threat is likely to grow even more in the coming years.

With the rise in the number of falls, healthcare costs also increase. In the report, the CDC has urged that doctors should take steps to prevent falls in the high-risk group. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that doctors can prevent the falls by including fall prevention as a routine part of care in their practice.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - CDC