Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

4:33pm

Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Global Smoking Survey Paints A Grim Picture

A man smokes a bidi on "No Tobacco Day," May 31, in Allahabad, India. These small, hand-rolled cigarettes are popular in India and Bangladesh because they are far cheaper than regular cigarettes.
Rajesh Kumar AP

Today we have a fresh look at smoking rates around the world, and the news isn't good.

A survey covering 60 percent of the world's population shows high rates of tobacco use in some countries, with more than 50 percent of men in Russia, China and Ukraine smoking between 2008 and 2010.

Although the statistics for women are better — only 11 percent of woman reported using tobacco — the number of people quitting is shockingly low, dropping below 20 percent in China and India.

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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.
iStockphoto.com

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
Shots - Health Blog

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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