Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

8:25am

Wed February 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 3:11 pm

Small but costly: Dozens of mosquito species carry West Nile virus in the U.S.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Fifteen years ago an unwelcome viral visitor entered the U.S., and we've been paying for it ever since.

The U.S recorded its first case of West Nile virus back in 1999. Since then, the disease has spread across the lower 48 states and cost the country around $800 million, scientists reported this week in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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8:16am

Mon January 27, 2014
Lists

You Already Knew Colorado Was Great; A New Poll Agrees

Colorado Ranked Favorably On Many Lists For 2013
Credit J. Stephen Conn/Flickr Creative Commons

Colorado is no stranger to lists, which why it comes as no surprise that the state ranks seventh in the nation as a great place to live. But our rival to the north came in ahead. That's right, Wyoming came in sixth followed by Colorado. 

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12:46pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Whooping Cough

69 More Whooping Cough Cases Reported In Colorado In Two Weeks

December saw the highest number of pertussis cases reported in 2013.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

12:45am

Mon December 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Healthful Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:23 pm

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

About one-third of American adults say they have problems falling asleep. And prescriptions for sleeping medications are on the rise, with about 4 percent of people using the drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But sleep specialists say people should exercise caution before deciding to take medication to help them sleep.

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4:50pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers

Hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin and other brand names, may face tighter restrictions on prescribing and use.
Toby Talbot AP

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday announced that it wants the federal government to impose tough new restrictions on some of the most widely used prescription painkillers.

The FDA said it planned to recommend that Vicodin and other prescription painkillers containing the powerful opioid hydrocodone be reclassified from a "Schedule III" drug to a "Schedule II" drug, which would impose new restrictions on how they are prescribed and used.

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