CDC Study: Autism Disorder Increases in U.S.

CDC Study: Autism Disorder Increases in U.S.


U.S. autism prevalence has grown, according to a federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, with about 1.7 percent of 8-year-olds affected in 11 states.

The study, based on 2014 research, again identifies New Jersey with the highest incidence. One in 34 children in that state, or 3 percent, fall on what’s called the autism spectrum, which encompasses a range of social, behavioral and learning disorders ranging from the barely noticeable to the profoundly debilitating. > >> read more ...

Beware of Drug-Resistant ‘Nightmare’ Bacteria: CDC

Beware of Drug-Resistant ‘Nightmare’ Bacteria: CDC


“Nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases are becoming, health officials said Tuesday.

That’s more than they had expected to find, and the true number is probably higher because the effort involved only certain labs in each state, officials say.

The problem mostly strikes people in hospitals and nursing homes who need IVs and other tubes that can get infected. In many cases, others in close contact with these patients also harbored the superbugs even though they weren’t sick — a risk for further spread. > >> read more ...

CDC: Drug-Resistant ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Pose Growing Threat

CDC: Drug-Resistant ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Pose Growing Threat


“Nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases are becoming, health officials said Tuesday.

That’s more than they had expected to find, and the true number is probably higher because the effort involved only certain labs in each state, officials say.

The problem mostly strikes people in hospitals and nursing homes who need IVs and other tubes that can get infected. In many cases, others in close contact with these patients also harbored the superbugs even though they weren’t sick — a risk for further spread. > >> read more ...

Opioid OD Deaths Continue to Climb: CDC

Opioid OD Deaths Continue to Climb: CDC


Drug overdose deaths continue to pile up in the United States, driven largely by the opioid epidemic and the emergence of dangerously potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl, a new government report shows.

Overdose deaths increased by 21.5 percent in 2016, a much sharper spike than the 11.4 percent increase seen the previous year, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

“The problem isn’t just getting worse, it’s getting exponentially worse,” said Emily Feinstein, executive vice president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. > >> read more ...

Diabetes Now Strikes 23 Million Americans: CDC

Diabetes Now Strikes 23 Million Americans: CDC


The latest tally of Americans adults affected by diabetes finds more than 23 million struggle with the blood sugar disease.

Of those, the vast majority — 21 million cases — are caused by type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to overweight or obesity, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Another 1.3 million cases are attributed to type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disorder where the body fails to produce enough of the blood sugar hormone insulin. > >> read more ...

Flu Season Coming to an End: CDC Report

Flu Season Coming to an End: CDC Report


It’s been a particularly tough flu season, but spring — and real relief — may be near, new numbers show.

The flu season continues to wind down, with yet another drop seen in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza becoming ever more dominant.

But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths, the latest data shows.

For the sixth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for flu-like illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. > >> read more ...

Top AIDS Researcher Named CDC Director

Top AIDS Researcher Named CDC Director


A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s top public health agency.

Dr. Robert Ray Redfield Jr., who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a top researcher into the emerging AIDS epidemic, has been named to the post by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

“Dr. Redfield has dedicated his entire life to promoting public health and providing compassionate care to his patients,” Azar said in a statement. Redfield’s appointment doesn’t need Senate approval, and he’ll start at the CDC on Monday. > >> read more ...

GOP Leaders Agree to Lift CDC Ban on Gun Violence Research

GOP Leaders Agree to Lift CDC Ban on Gun Violence Research


Republican leaders agreed to issue a provision in the government funding package to clarify an amendment to make clear the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not prohibited from researching gun violence, The Hill reported.

The omnibus spending package will not repeal a 1996 amendment from the late Rep. Jay Dickey, R-Ark., which has been renewed each year, the Hill reported.

The so-called Dickey Amendment says “None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.” > >> read more ...

CDC: Americans Binge Over 17B Drinks a Year

CDC: Americans Binge Over 17B Drinks a Year


A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Americans’ drinking habits reported that people who identify as binge drinkers are consuming quite a bit of alcohol, CBS News reported Friday.

Binge drinking is defined as drinking five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women within a two-hour period. According to the report, one in six adults in the U.S. admitted to binge drinking once a week on average, consuming an average of seven drinks. > >> read more ...

Opioid Overdoses up 30 Percent: CDC

Opioid Overdoses up 30 Percent: CDC


The US opioid epidemic is accelerating, with hospital emergency room visits for overdoses from drugs like heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers up 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, US officials said Tuesday.

Substantial increases in overdoses were seen nationwide, said the report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Long before we receive data from death certificates, emergency department data can point to alarming increases in opioid overdoses,” said CDC acting director Anne Schuchat. > >> read more ...

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