Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

12:36pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Recommends Hepatitis C Testing For All Boomers

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 4:19 pm

Listen up, baby boomers. The government wants every one of you to get tested for the hepatitis C virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a sweeping recommendation official amid growing concern about the estimated 2 million boomers infected with the virus, which can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. The advice was published in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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8:18am

Wed August 15, 2012
Listeria Outbreak: One Year Later

Charges Loom As Jensen Farms Listeria Investigation Nears End

United States Department of Agriculture

Federal prosecutors are close to concluding a criminal investigation into last fall’s deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms, the I-News Network has learned.

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1:32pm

Thu August 9, 2012
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Gonorrhea Evades Antibiotics, Leaving Only One Drug To Treat Disease

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 9:02 am

Health officials say they're worried that one day there will be no more antibiotics left to treat gonorrhea.
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There's some disturbing news out today about a disease we don't hear about much these days: gonorrhea. Federal health officials announced that the sexually transmitted infection is getting dangerously close to being untreatable.

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2:07pm

Mon August 6, 2012
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Vitamin D Deficiency In Sick Kids Could Make Them Sicker

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 2:25 pm

Researchers say more studies are needed to determine whether sick kids deficient in vitamin D should get a big dose in a supplement.
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If you're an adult, and a relatively healthy one at that, then you've probably been confused in recent years about whether or not you're getting enough vitamin D.

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12:51pm

Fri August 3, 2012
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More Cases Of New Swine Flu Virus Appear In Three States

Colton Tucker gives water to a pig to be shown at the California State Fair in Sacramento in July. Federal health officials say most of the cases of a new flu virus in Indiana, Ohio and Hawaii after kids came in direct contact with pigs at agricultural fairs.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Federal health officials Friday reported a jump this summer in the number of people who have gotten infected with a new swine flu virus.

Sixteen cases of the new H3N2 swine flu have been confirmed in the last few weeks, including 12 in the last week alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Ten of last week's cases occurred in Ohio, while the two others were in Indiana and Hawaii.

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