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Category Archive: CDC

Sep 07 2018

Antibiotic Resistant Infections

 

by Julia Vann
Imagine a society where a minor cut could threaten your life. It may seem silly, but that is exactly the danger we currently face with the rise of antibiotic resistant infections.
According to a year …

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Nov 16 2017

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19): The Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance
“This year’s theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.” (WHO)
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is known as infections that no longer respond to drug treatments. …

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Jul 28 2015

Fruit and vegetable intake

Based on an ongoing surveillance system, fruit and vegetable intake across America remains lower than the recommended portions. Fruit and vegetables not only adds valuable nutrients but also reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, some cancers and helps …

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Jul 21 2015

Pneumonia hospitalizations

Pneumonia hospitalizations are common in the U.S. but doctors are still not unable to determine the cause in most cases. According to the study, Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) published in the New England Journal of Medicine, neither viruses …

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Jul 12 2015

Heroin deaths quadruple

The Centers for Disease Control recently published a report titled Today’s Heroin Epidemic that calls attention to a sharp increase in heroin-related overdose deaths in the United States. According to the CDC, the number of deaths almost quadrupled between 2002 …

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Jun 29 2015

California vaccination bill

On June 25th, California’s assembly voted to approve a bill that would end religious and personal belief exemptions from vaccinations for school children. To officially pass, Gov. Jerry Brown will have to sign off on the bill as well.
The …

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Jun 07 2015

HIV MTCT in Uganda

According to the World Health Organization, 35 million people were living with HIV in 2013. That number includes 16 million women and 3.2 children. Additionally, there were 2.1 million new infections that year while AIDS was responsible for 1.5 million …

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Jun 03 2015

Chloroquine ineffective for Ebola treatment

Chloroquine, an antimalarial drug once thought to be a viable treatment for Ebola, was ineffective in a new study using mice and hamster models.
Chloroquine has been proven safe for humans and is also inexpensive. For more than 30 years, chloroquine …

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Jun 03 2015

Increasing melanoma rates

A recent press release by the CDC reports increasing melanoma rates in the United Sates. From 1982 to 2011, melanoma rates tripled from slightly over 11 occurrences per 100,000 people to almost 23 per 100,000. Over 90 percent of …

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Jun 02 2015

Lassa fever death in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a death in the U.S. by Lassa fever. The patient traveled from Liberia to Morrocco and landed at JFK International Airport.
Lassa fever is a viral disease common in West Africa. It …

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