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May 2, 2012 |
The number of baby boomers dying from a "silent epidemic" of hepatitis C infections is increasing so rapidly that federal officials are planning a new nationwide push for widespread testing. Three in four of the estimated 3.2 million people who have chronic hepatitis C - and a similar proportion of those who die from the disease - are baby boomers. Deaths from the virus nearly doubled between 1999 and 2007 to more than 15,000, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
March 13, 2012 |
Janelle Ricci hasn't been sleeping well. It's been more than a year, in fact, since she's had a decent night's sleep. Ricci, 21, a design student at Burbank's Woodbury University, says pressure to perform can keep her up for days at a time. Her longest stretch, she told me, was staying up for about 64 hours straight during one particularly stressful period. "It really affects my life," Ricci said. "I've started falling asleep at work. I sleep through my classes. " She's not alone.
July 6, 2011 |
Increased screening during the last decade for colorectal cancer, the nation's second-leading cause of cancer deaths, has put a sharp dent in the prevalence of the disease and in the number of deaths resulting from it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. As screening for the disease among those ages 50 to 75 increased from half to two-thirds of that population, the prevalence rate fell from 52.3 cases per 100,000 in 2003 to 45.4 per 100,000 in 2007. The death rate fell from 19 per 100,000 to 16.7 per 100,000 during the same period, the agency reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report . Those declines represent 66,000 fewer cancers during the period and 32,000 fewer deaths, the agency found.
May 21, 2011 |
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency whose task includes preventing pandemics and pushing flu shots, is preparing for a zombie apocalypse. In a Monday blog post , the normally staid agency issued a straight-faced list of recommendations on how to survive a massive invasion of the flesh-eating undead. "In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way," the post said. "So what do you need to do before zombies ... or hurricanes or pandemics, for example, actually happen?"
February 22, 2011
We now know where the couch potatoes lurk in this country, thanks to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tracks our physical activity down to the county level. California, with a climate that invites every sport from surfing to snowboarding, is among the more physically active states, but the CDC's map shows that exercise is about more than the weather. Minnesotans are more likely to get a move on than we are. Yet practically all of Mississippi is depicted in dark blue on the map, meaning that close to a third or more residents get no leisure-time exercise.
February 13, 2010 |
An estimated 57 million Americans have contracted pandemic H1N1 influenza since the outbreak began last April, about 257,000 have been hospitalized with complications from it, and nearly 12,000 have died, according to estimates released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total number of infected represents an increase of about 7 million cases since the last estimate was released in December, a modest gain that correlates with other data suggesting the swine flu pandemic has been waning.