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The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Let's Hold Off Celebrating America's (and New York's) Declining Murder Rate

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

But before we celebrate too much, let's put the decline of murder in New York City -- and across the entire United States -- in some perspective.

Closer Than Ever to An AIDS-Free Generation

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

New HIV infections are declining globally and life expectancy is rebounding in many countries. Because of PEPFAR, more than 5 million HIV-positive people are working, studying, teaching, learning -- contributing to their communities -- who would otherwise be dead or dying.

Tobacco Companies Are Undermining the Health of Our Kids

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Tobacco marketing often reaches children and youth and entices them to start using tobacco while they are still at an impressionable age. We need effective action to protect our kids from struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine.

Five Ways NYC Kids Won and Big Tobacco Lost This Week

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Ten years ago, New York City enacted landmark legislation to curb the dangers of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death. This month, the City made history once again.

Number of U. S. Malaria Cases Highest in 40 Years. Have We Forgotten What It Takes To Prevent It?

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Most people in the U. S. today have never had any direct contact with the disease and most doctors have never seen a case. That success means it's easy to have a relaxed attitude about protecting ourselves. We're now seeing the result of that relaxed attitude

It's Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.

The Global Search for Education: The Guidelines - Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.29.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"The current IDSA guidelines provide the best scientific, evidence-based medical practices for the treatment of Lyme disease including early and late...

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.