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Spike in measles cases shows the disease is still a threat in the U.S.

Spike in measles cases shows the disease is still a threat in the U.S.

Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. has seen 175 confirmed cases of measles and 20 hospitalizations so far this year according to the CDC.
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Tide turns for U.S child obesity -- down in 18 states

Tide turns for U.S child obesity -- down in 18 states

ATLANTA, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity remains epidemic, but the tide has begun to turn for children in 18 states, with only three states showing weight increases, officials say.

Painkillers a factor in rising OD deaths

LOS ANGELES, March 30 (UPI) -- More than 40 percent of drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2010 were from prescription painkillers, federal health officials say.

Some types of hospital infections down

ATLANTA, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections in U.S. hospitals were unchanged from 2010 to 2011, but central line infections were down, a health official says.

ATLANTA, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A study of 1,155 U.S. children and adults found this year's seasonal flu vaccine was 62 percent effective, a federal health official said.

Flu vaccines available but harder to find

ATLANTA, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- With U.S. influenza widespread and some cities reporting crowded hospital emergency rooms, some may have to shop around for a flu shot, officials say.

Study: A few extra pounds help you survive

CHICAGO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Moderately overweight people are less likely to die than people of normal weight, a U.S. government study published Wednesday indicates.

Feds accused of withholding Biowatch info

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The Department of Homeland Security and other federal officials have been accused of withholding key documents on BioWatch from a congressional committee.

Accidental injuries down among U.S. kids

ATLANTA, April 16 (UPI) -- From 2000 to 2009, death rates from unintentional injury among U.S. children dropped by one-third, federal health officials said.

CDC: 1 in 88 children may have autism

ATLANTA, March 29 (UPI) -- In a representative study of 14 U.S. communities, autism spectrum disorders were diagnosed in 1-in-88 children, federal health officials said.

CDC: Painkiller overdose epidemic in U.S.

ATLANTA, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Prescription painkiller overdose is "a silent epidemic," killing more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined, U.S. health officials say.

A U.S. adult has a stroke every 40 seconds

ATLANTA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Someone in the world dies from stroke every 6 seconds, and someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States, federal health officials say.
Ask your supermarket where its cantaloupes are grown

Ask your supermarket where its cantaloupes are grown

ATLANTA, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. health officials advise consumers that if they know a cantaloupe is not from Jensen farms it is OK to eat, but if the grower is unknown, throw it out.
Swine flu

Swine flu

ATLANTA, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- About 50 million people in the United States had have swine flu, with about 10,000 of the cases ending in death, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.
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CDC: Some 10,000 U.S. deaths from H1N1 flu

CDC: Some 10,000 U.S. deaths from H1N1 flu

ATLANTA, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- In the United States, H1N1 flu has killed an estimated 10,000 -- including 1,100 children and 7,500 younger adults -- federal health officials said Thursday.

CDC: H1N1 Guillain-Barre syndrome remote

ATLANTA, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The likelihood of a 1976-like problem of Guillain-Barre syndrome with this year's H1N1 influenza vaccine is remote, U.S. health officials say.

CDC: Unsure if third surge of H1N1 to come

ATLANTA, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- H1N1 flu is going down, but it's far from gone and only time will tell what the rest of the flu season will bring, a U.S. health official said Tuesday.

CDC says H1N1 deaths likely will climb

ATLANTA, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- H1N1 is a younger people's flu with 90 percent of the deaths under the age of 65, with 114 confirmed deaths among children, a U.S. health official said.
Smoking bans

Smoking bans

ATLANTA, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Bans on smoking in public places reduce the health risks of non-smokers, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.
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CDC director stresses H1N1 vaccine safety

CDC director stresses H1N1 vaccine safety

ATLANTA, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a news briefing in Atlanta Tuesday, said the H1N1 flu vaccine is safe and effective.

CDC: H1N1 flu back; actually never left

ATLANTA, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The H1N1 influenza is back, spreading particularly in the Southeastern United States -- in fact, it never went away, health officials say.

Ten percent of New Yorkers had swine flu

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Some 800,000 people, or one in 10 people in New York, had H1N1 flu last spring, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Flu exposure, chronically ill, see doctor

Flu exposure, chronically ill, see doctor

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- People with conditions such as diabetes, emphysema and asthma who have been exposed to someone with flu should see a doctor, New York health officials advise.

NYC health chief appointed CDC director

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said he appointed New York City Health Department Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control.

New York fast food fights regulation

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The New York City Board of Health is set to vote on adding calorie data to fast-food menus in the city.
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