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The Medicine Man and the Microchip

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWhen the milk we drink and the food we eat are laced with antibiotics, it is time to address this threat both to us and to future generations.

Tea Party Leader Suggests Class Action Lawsuit Against Homosexuality

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

Former Baptist pastor and Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough spoke with conservative activist Peter LaBarbera on Thursday about potential anti-g...

Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.

Gabriela Aoun

Killer Diet Supplement? Liver Damage Cases In Hawaii Rise To 30

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living

The number of recent liver damage cases linked to dietary supplements has risen from 10 to 30 in the last week. All 30 cases have been reported in Haw...

Dietary Supplements Linked To 10 'Severe' Liver Failure Cases In Hawaii

Posted 09.27.2013 | Healthy Living

Ten young, seemingly-healthy people have been admitted into Hawaii hospitals in the last five months for varying degrees of liver inflammation and fai...

Policy Change Is Key If We Want to Reduce Preventable Deaths

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.

Terrie Hall: A Beautiful Woman Who Saved Thousands of Lives

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

In a society where women are often judged by their looks, Terrie did not hide the scars on her face caused by smoking. With her raspy voice, she was able to rekindle the awareness of the American people to the continued suffering caused by smoking.

Will the Medicine Cabinet Be Empty When You or Your Child Need Life-Saving Antibiotics? (Slideshow)

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Without urgent and aggressive action, more patients will be thrust back to a time when simple infections can be deadly. And, the loss of effective antibiotics will undermine treatment of infectious complications in patients with other diseases.

An Ad Campaign with the Best Payoff Imaginable -- Healthy Lives

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

We know what works to help smokers quit and prevent young people from starting. One of the most effective but underused tools at our disposal is advertising.

200,000 Preventable Deaths in People Under 75 Every Year!

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Controlling blood pressure, managing cholesterol and reducing smoking can help millions of people live longer, healthier lives.

Winding Down Summer With Healthy Reminders

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Unless a brunch or dinner party is in an unheated cabin in the Arctic, beware of foods sitting out for more than a few minutes. A warm room can put some extra protein in those serving platters in the form of bacteria. This is also true of foods on picnic tables during a cookout.

Important Steps Toward Stopping a Deadly Epidemic: New York's I-STOP Law

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

A big part of the prescription drug overdose problem is nonmedical use of prescription painkillers. Most people using such drugs nonmedically get them from people they know, who originally got them from doctors. New York's new law takes several important steps to address this problem.

Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes? Yes. It. Can. Be. Done.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

When health care systems and their patients follow simple steps, they can lower blood pressure and save lives. Prevent many of the nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S. as a result of high blood pressure? Yes, it can be done. What can you do to help?

The How of Healthy Eating: Lessons for Parents From the Latest CDC Report on Obesity

Caron Gremont | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Caron Gremont

Yesterday there was finally some good news in the fight against childhood obesity. This is the first major government report showing a consistent pattern of decline for low-income children -- the kids for whom obesity takes a particularly gruesome toll.

Uganda Makes Impressive Progress on Health

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Last month I was in Uganda. I wasn't sure what to expect. Uganda is the only country served by the president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with a rising HIV incidence; I anticipated that there might be problems. What I saw instead was impressive progress.

CDC Reports Progress on Childhood Obesity Among Our Youngest Citizens

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Dr. Howard K. Koh

For the first time in decades, we are starting to see a decline in obesity rates among our youngest citizens. Many of the states with declines have implemented strategies to help parents and families "to make the healthy choice the easy choice."

Doctors: Are You Helping Reduce HPV?

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The strongest predictor of whether a kid gets the HPV vaccine is doctor recommendation. Doctors and other health care providers: Don't miss a single opportunity to vaccinate your patients.

Mysterious Stomach Bug Spreads To At Least 7 States

Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living

UPDATE (Jul. 30, 5.25 p.m.): Prepackaged salad mix may be the culprit behind the stomach bug outbreak that has left health officials scratching their...

Progress in Prevention Since 2010

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The National Prevention Council's work is the first time such a broad and deep range of federal agencies have worked together to help Americans stay healthy and identify illness early.

Skyrocketing Epidemic Among Women: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying from these overdoses at rates never seen before. Every three minutes, a woman visits an emergency department for opioid misuse or abuse. That accounts for more than 200,000 emergency department visits a year.

HPV Vaccine Works, Time to Ramp Up Vaccination Efforts

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Today, CDC released some really good news -- the prevalence of types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that commonly cause cervical cancer in women has dropped about half in girls aged 14-19 since 2006, when the vaccination program started.

Despite Big Obstacles, Haiti Making Remarkable Progress Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Haiti is not an easy place to fight disease even in the best of times. For decades, poverty, government instability and other realities often stood in the way of success. This is why the recent data showing Haiti is protecting its entire population from lymphatic filariasis is a milestone.

We Can Dramatically Decrease Deadly Infections in America's Hospital Patients

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Recently we announced a major new finding - a simple way to save tens of thousands of lives. Around 100,000 people die every year because of infecti...

1 In 5 People Infected With Listeria Die, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 06.07.2013 | Healthy Living

In the last few years, as many as one in five people infected with Listeria died as a result of their infection. The shocking figure comes from a new ...

Health Care Costs: Fewer Americans Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

CDC's report, Problems Paying Medical Bills: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January 2011-June 2012, provides some encouraging news. The data show fewer Americans have trouble paying their medical bills.