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  • U.S. Health Officials Make Headway Against Salmonella

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    U.S. Health Officials Make Headway Against Salmonella THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new government report that lists the top offenders for food poisoning shows that U.S. health officials have made progress against salmonella infections. In 2016, there was an 18 percent drop in illnesses caused by this common type of bacteria, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tougher regulations and more vaccinations of chickens most likely explain the dec...

  • Updated Prostate Cancer Test Guidelines Now Stress Patient Choice

    Posted: 04/19/2017

    Updated Prostate Cancer Test Guidelines Now Stress Patient Choice TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a significant shift, a key health advisory panel plans to soften its recommendation against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for detecting prostate cancer. In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that men no longer get their PSA tested. That recommendation was based on evidence that PSA screening resulted in overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment that could leav...

  • U.S. Blood Supply Safe From Zika Virus, Officials Say

    Posted: 04/16/2017

    U.S. Blood Supply Safe From Zika Virus, Officials Say FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. blood banks are confident they have the tools to protect America's blood supply from possible new Zika virus outbreaks during the upcoming mosquito season. A transfusion of Zika-tainted blood can pass the virus to an unsuspecting recipient, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But sophisticated genetic tests and blood processing procedures make it highly unlikely that anyone ...

  • U.S. Thyroid Cancer Cases Continue to Rise

    Posted: 04/09/2017

    U.S. Thyroid Cancer Cases Continue to Rise FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of Americans diagnosed with thyroid cancer has more than tripled over the past four decades, and continues to rise more than 3 percent a year, new research shows. The rise can't be completely attributed to better detection or "overdiagnosis," said a team led by Cari Kitahara of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. The findings "are consistent with a true increase in the occurrence of thyroid cancer in the Unite...

  • U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016

    Posted: 04/06/2017

    U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016 THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the second straight year, U.S. pedestrian deaths are setting alarming new records. The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads rose a projected 11 percent between 2015 and 2016, the largest year-to-year increase on record, according to a new Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report. During the first six months of 2016, preliminary data show 2,660 pedestrian deaths nationwide, compared to ...

  • U.S. Sees Big Drop in Number of Babies Born With HIV

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    U.S. Sees Big Drop in Number of Babies Born With HIV MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of infants born with HIV in the United States has dropped dramatically over the past two decades, a new study shows. According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 69 cases of HIV-infected infants in 2013, compared with 216 cases in 2002. Factors tied to mother-to-child transmission of HIV include late HIV diagnosis of mothers and a lack of antiretroviral...

  • U.S. Suicide Rates Rising Faster Outside Cities

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    U.S. Suicide Rates Rising Faster Outside Cities THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although the U.S. suicide rate has been rising gradually since 2000, suicides in less urban areas are outpacing those in more urban areas, according to a new federal report. "Geographic disparities in suicide rates might be associated with suicide risk factors known to be highly prevalent in less urban areas, such as limited access to mental health care, made worse by shortages in behavioral health care provider...

  • U.S. Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    U.S. Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but a major threat to public health, according to 11 U.S. medical societies. It's an issue that many people do not know exists, even though it may already affect them, the groups warned in a new report. "We want to get the message out that climate change is affecting people's health right now," said Dr. Mona Sarfaty. She's director of the group collective...

  • U.S. Medical Experts Issue Warning on Yellow Fever's Advance

    Posted: 03/18/2017

    U.S. Medical Experts Issue Warning on Yellow Fever's Advance THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm over yet another potential mosquito-borne health threat to Americans -- yellow fever. In an essay published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine , Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and colleague Dr. Catharine Paules said that a large outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil must be closely ...

  • Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says

    Posted: 03/03/2017

    Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some doctors may order a pricey ultrasound treatment -- low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) -- to help speed the healing of broken bones. But an international panel of experts now says there's little evidence to support the procedure. "We have moderate to high certainty of a lack of benefit for outcomes important to patients, and, combined with the high costs of treatment, LIPUS represents an ineff...