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Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds

NEW YORK (AP) — A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14...

 

APNewsBreak: 80,000 people died of flu last winter in US

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield,...

 

Newborn syphilis cases in US reach highest level in 20 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. babies born infected with syphilis has reached the highest level in 20 years. It is still rare for babies to get syphilis from their infected mothers, but figures released Tuesday show more than 900 cases were...

 

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven,...

 

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

NEW YORK (AP) — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you're trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you're still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained...

 

Report: Jump in deliveries involving moms hooked on opioids

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say they found a dramatic rise in the number of women who are hooked on opioids and delivering babies in hospitals. Opioid use during pregnancy can cause death of the mother or baby, preterm birth and infant...

 

Trapped Thai boys being closely watched for health problems

NEW YORK (AP) — The 12 youth soccer teammates who were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks are finally out, and now they are being closely monitored in a hospital. The boys — who ranged in age from 11 to 16 — emerged in...

 
 By Mike Stobbe    Regional    June 29, 2018

Romaine lettuce outbreak tied to contaminated canal water

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say tainted canal water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. About 200 people were sickened in the E. coli outbreak, which started in the spring. Five people...

 

Survey: Exercise and obesity are both rising in US

NEW YORK (AP) — It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese. About 24 percent of adults last year said they exercise enough each week to meet government...

 

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too. Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day, according to a large government survey released...

 

5 dead, nearly 200 sickened in romaine lettuce outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Four more deaths have been linked to a national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted lettuce, bringing the total to five. Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. The growing...

 

With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death rate rose last year, and 2017 likely will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data. Death rates rose for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, and...

 

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday. Experts said several factors may be...

 

Study finds little bang for the buck in Zika blood testing

NEW YORK (AP) — Screening blood donations for the Zika virus netted only a few infections at a cost of more than $5 million for each positive test result, according to new research. The study was the first large look at the impact of guidelines...

 

Romaine lettuce outbreak update: 149 sick in 29 states

NEW YORK (AP) — Four more states are reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 149 people in 29 states...

 

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Federal health officials say California reported the death, but they did not provide other details. The government now has reports...

 

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

NEW YORK (AP) — The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it's only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children. About 1 in 59 U.S. children were identified...

 

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

ATLANTA (AP) — Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food. The genetic analysis is being...

 

Romaine lettuce outbreak update: 98 people sick in 22 states

NEW YORK (AP) — A nasty strain of bacteria that can cause severe illness is what's driving a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, health officials said Friday. The government now has reports of 98 people who got sick in 22 states....

 

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose. The study found that people who...

 

Risk of Zika infection through sex may last only a month

NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of Zika infection can be seen in semen for as long as nine months, but the risk of sexual transmission appears to end in one month, according to a study published Wednesday. The study suggests health officials have been overly...

 

CDC director pledges to bring opioid epidemic 'to its knees'

NEW YORK (AP) — The new director of the top U.S. public health agency on Thursday pledged to work to bring the nation's opioid epidemic "to its knees" and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years. Dr. Robert...

 

CDC get $480 million to replace lab for deadliest germs

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's top public health agency has its money for a new lab to handle dangerous germs. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked Congress for funds to build a new state-of-the art laboratory building....

 

Leading AIDS researcher selected as CDC director

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency. Dr. Robert Ray Redfield Jr., who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a top...

 

Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse. A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses from opioids increased 30 percent late last...

 

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