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The Global Search for Education: Prevention -- Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.21.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

As you will discover today in Part 11 of my global series, "Ticks," finding community-wide solutions to infected ticks is going to be challenging.

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.

The Global Search for Education: France - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"Chronic Lyme disease is due to the persistence of Borrelia within tissues but is also probably due to other micro-organisms responsible for co-infec...

The Global Search for Education: Germany - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"One of the first projects should be the improvement of the test sensitivity for chronic Lyme disease patients worldwide. The European Union has spen...

We're Missing Opportunities to Protect Our Children

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Parents and caregivers should ask about vaccination every time they take children for a health care visit. For many families, it's easier than ever to get complete vaccination coverage.

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?

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.

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.

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...

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.

Fear and Misinformation: Meningitis and the LGBT Community

James Peron | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Meningitis is a communicable disease. So is fear. Let's be rational and work to stop the one, without spreading the other.

Why It's Time to Have the Drinking Talk With Your Tweens and Teens

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Leah Odze Epstein

Being a golden kid creates its own kind of stress, and shy kids who don't socialize much can suffer from social anxiety. That first taste of booze, with its melting away of inhibitions, can seem like a magic bullet to an introverted person. Take it from me: I was one of them

Is The Walking Dead Nearing Its 'Jump-the-Shark' Moment?

David Aronchick | Posted 04.09.2013 | TV
David Aronchick

Not only is The Walking Dead the most-watched drama series on basic cable, American society has gone zombie-mad! Instead of a population of nerds like me watching late night zombie flicks on the Sci-Fi channel, now large swaths of the population are soaking up the living dead.

Midday Diversity News And Notes

Janell Ross | Posted 03.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Janell Ross

In November, the power of the fast-growing Latino electorate seemed to be conversation topic one for those interested in politics. This week, Latino Decisions, a polling firm that specializes in tracking and gauging the opinions of Hispanics, brings us an interesting reminder that the real power of the Latino vote has not yet been tapped.

The Media Should Bury NRA's Wayne LaPierre on the Business Pages Where He Belongs

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.21.2013 | Media
Peter Dreier

On Friday, the NRA issued a brief statement that LaPierre would hold a press event the following day, thus ending its week-long silence. At the appointed time, reporters and camera operators flocked to LaPierre's speech like a herd of sheep waiting for their daily feeding.

Smokeout Day 2012: Realities Behind the New Numbers

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

While adult smoking rates in the general population were cut in half between 1965 and 2004, the ratio of heavy and dependent smokers who meet the psychiatric definition of "nicotine dependence" is steadily rising.

5 Facts Autism Families Want President Obama to Know

Hannah Brown | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Hannah Brown

I was one of the millions who voted for you, and as the mother of a teenage boy with autism, I am grateful that you did so much in your first term to help families coping with autism.

The Zombies of Summer

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

As the homophobes and religious bullies lose ground in public opinion, they lash out in ever more extreme ways. But we cannot let ourselves chase the loons down every rabbit hole.

Vermont Lawmakers Debate Letting Parents Say No To Vaccines For School

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- For Jennifer Stella, it's a question of informed consent. Her son had a seizure after getting childhood vaccinations and her daught...