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How Gun Violence Literally Infects Communities

In the mid-1980s, public health experts began referring to youth violence as an epidemic because it was occurring in higher than expected numbers. Until now, that assertion has remained more poignant analogy than biting reality. But a new study provides the first evidence that gun violence behaves exactly like a blood-borne pathogen.

February 8, 2017
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

Mosquito-Borne Zika Infections In South Florida Spread Worry Nationwide

Four people in Dade and Broward counties were infected in early July, got sick a week later and were diagnosed a couple of days after that. “All the evidence we have seen indicates that this is mosquito-borne transmission that occurred several weeks ago,” said Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

July 31, 2016

Thanks To The NRA And Their Lackeys In Congress, It Is Illegal to Study Gun Violence

It is illegal for the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention to study connection between gun ownership and police violence.

July 18, 2016
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

EXCLUSIVE: When Republicans Sabotage Zika Funding, Local Health Departments Suffer

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control shifted $44 million of its federal funding towards research on the mosquito-borne disease after Congress failed to allocate any funds itself. As a result, city and state offices have lost the critical funds they need in order to prevent the spread of Zika at the local level.

July 14, 2016
Josemary da Silva, 34, combs the hair of 5-month-old Gilberto after giving him a bath at her house in Algodao de Jandaira, Brazil February 17, 2016. Gilberto is da Silva's fifth child and was born with microcephaly. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Republicans Use Zika To Fight For Pesticide Deregulation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and congressional Democrats, and President Obama — has requested funds to study and fight the virus, but Republicans want to combat it by stripping away environmental regulations on an array of pesticides.

June 2, 2016

U.S. Suicide Rate Has Increased 24 Percent Since 1999

The most dramatic increase was seen among girls aged 10 to 14; in a decade and half, the rate of suicide in this age group went up 200 percent.

April 23, 2016

Vaccine Success Holds Hope For End To Deadly Scourge Of Ebola

A recent trial in Guinea found an Ebola vaccine to have been 100 percent effective.

July 31, 2015
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Sounding The Alarm As Prescription Drug Abusers Turn To Heroin

Heroin use had increased 62 percent and related deaths had nearly quadrupled since 2002.

July 14, 2015

Heroin Use And Addiction Are Surging In The U.S., CDC Report Says

Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said.

July 7, 2015
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This Week In Health: Skinny Jeans May Cripple You

“This Week In Health” offers some highlights from the world of health news and wellness tips that you may have missed this week: edible marijuana, skinny jeans, meningitis, and climate change.

June 24, 2015
Fracking, Trump Cabinet, Environmental disaster

Unsafe Levels Of Toxic Pollutants In Heavily Fracked Ohio County

Researchers caution they don’t want to create undue alarm with their findings, but they say they hope the results will highlight the urgent need to conduct more in-depth studies of fracking emissions and their potential effects on human health.

May 25, 2015

The Reason Why So Many Kids Aren’t Vaccinated? It’s Not Always Anti-Vaxxers, Some Just Don’t Follow Up

Overburdened and without health care, some parents forgo vaccination.

February 24, 2015

Ebola Aid Workers Said To Get Protections In Cuomo’s New York Budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking new steps to protect those who work to fight Ebola.

January 20, 2015

Is Inequality Killing U.S. Mothers?

Something must be done about the United States’ embarrassing maternal mortality figures.

January 15, 2015
Obamacare, Republicans

Fewer Americans Delay Needed Medical Care In 2014, Survey Says

See the latest evidence that Obamacare is working.

January 15, 2015

Promising New Antibiotic May Help Combat ‘Superbugs’

This new antibiotic could prevent a devastating public health crisis.

January 14, 2015

The Rich And Their Anti-Vaccine Quacks

Vaccine truthers aren’t just ignorant — they’re dangerous.

January 6, 2015

Those Touched By Ebola Recount How Their Lives Have Changed

American Ebola survivors are trying to rebuild their lives now that the media have moved on.

December 31, 2014

Child With Fever Admitted To Chicago Hospital To Check For Ebola

A Chicago patient is being monitored for signs of the deadly virus.

December 19, 2014

Obama Must Remember Sandy Hook

How the president can honor the children who were murdered two years ago.

December 13, 2014

We Need To Talk About Guns, Whether The NRA Likes It Or Not

Will Congress ever summon the courage to act on this pressing public health crisis?

December 11, 2014

U.S. Ebola Survivor Reveals Identity, Says He’s Grateful

Inside Dr. Ian Crozier’s fight with Ebola.

December 8, 2014

Ebola ‘Czar’ Urges Congress To Authorize Emergency Funding

Remember Ebola? We’re running out of money to fight it.

December 5, 2014

‘Epidemic Of Fear’ Has Driven Ebola Debate, Experts Say

As the last of the American patients being treated for Ebola are deemed free of the disease, experts reflect on how the nation reacted to the public health scare.

November 11, 2014

Social Impact Bonds Tap Private Money For Public Health

Learn more about this innovative new technique.

November 10, 2014