Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

9:00am

Thu February 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Flu Bug: Missing In Action

Ramon Maldonado-Cardenas grimaces as he gets a flu shot from pharmacy student Khoa Truong during a health fair in Sacramento, Calif., last October.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

It's been a weird winter. It's warm when it should be cold. There's mud where there should be snow. Flowers are blooming way ahead of schedule. Wildlife seems confused.

Well, here's one more weirdness: The flu season seems to be largely M.I.A.

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3:42pm

Fri February 17, 2012
Community

CU Boulder Program Targets Youth Violence in Northeast Denver

University of Colorado

A five year project that aims to lower a recent alarming rise in youth violence in some of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods is underway. 

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2:22pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Flu Pandemics Hit, Closing Schools Can Slow Spread

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:46 am

Students at a University of London class in Mexico City wear masks to protect them against swine flu in May 2009. High schools and universities closed by the pandemic had just reopened across Mexico.
Brennan Linsley AP

Everyone knows that when your kids get the flu, they stay home from school.

But what does it take to justify closing the school down entirely? That's a question we should probably answer before the next big pandemic hits.

At one point during the swine flu outbreak in 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "The potential benefits of preemptively dismissing students from school are often outweighed by negative consequences," such as disruption of classes and hassles for parents.

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12:00pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Health

A Promising Game-Changer In HIV Prevention

Bottles of antiretroviral drug Truvada, a medicine used in trials that showed a reduction in transmission of HIV between heterosexuals.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

This week's meeting of the International AIDS Society Conference comes with a CDC study showing a major advance in sexual health. Correspondingly, Botswana trials showed the drug Truvada prevented HIV transmissions in more than 60 percent of heterosexuals. The study's author Dr. Michael Thigpen and host Michel Martin discuss how much Truvada costs, why HIV is so pervasive among women in Botswana, and how much people must take the drug for it to be effective.

5:35am

Mon May 30, 2011
Public Health

Warm Weather Brings Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus Risk to Colorado

Creative Commons

As temperatures heat up, public health officials are warning Coloradans to take preventive steps against mosquito bites, which could lead to West Nile Virus.

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