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2008-09-27 00:00:02

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Just about everybody needs a flu vaccine - unless you're an infant or a healthy adult hermit - but far too few of the Americans who need protection the most get it.That's the message as flu-shot season officially began Wednesday with a call for a record number to be inoculated - including 30 million more school-age children than ever before targeted."Get out there and get protected and protect others and for sure protect your children," said Dr....

2008-09-15 06:00:35

By Wendy Koch The U.S. government is ramping up efforts to promote the building of healthy homes free of lead, chemicals, mold, moisture and pests. Four federal agencies are hosting the first national summit on the topic, beginning today in Baltimore. Several U.S.-funded studies will be unveiled that show how renovations in Cleveland, Seattle and New Orleans lowered the risk of asthma and other health problems for residents. "Health doesn't happen in the hospital. It happens at home,"...

2008-08-21 18:00:52

In an effort to put a face on pandemic planning, the stories of 50 people who survived the 1918 Spanish Flu are available online, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the online storybook Thursday containing narratives from survivors, families and friends about the most devastating epidemic in recorded history, which killed more than 50 million. "Complacency is enemy No. 1 when it comes to preparing for another influenza pandemic," Dr. Julie...

2008-08-06 15:00:56

Logistics Health announced today that it will host a pandemic preparedness conference entitled "The Pandemic Threat: Preparing an Organizational Response," at its headquarters in La Crosse, Wis. on September 4, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. CDT. Participants will learn the latest on the pandemic threat, corporate antiviral distribution strategies, public and private sector partnerships, and a variety of legal implications. A live Q&A panel discussion will follow the morning...

2008-08-04 18:00:03

By Mike Stobbe ATLANTA - The number of Americans infected by the AIDS virus each year is much higher than the government has been estimating, U.S. health officials reported, acknowledging that their numbers have understated the level of the epidemic. The country had roughly 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006 - a dramatic increase from the 40,000 annual estimate used for the past dozen years. The new figure is due to a better blood test and new statistical methods, and not a worsening of...

2008-08-04 00:00:02

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) - The number of Americans infected by the AIDS virus each year is much higher than the government has been estimating, U.S. health officials reported, acknowledging that their numbers have understated the level of the epidemic.The country had roughly 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006 - about a 40 percent increase from the 40,000 annual estimate used for the past dozen years. The new figure is due to a better blood test and new statistical methods, and...

2008-08-03 12:00:02

By Mike Stobbe Associated Press ATLANTA -- The number of Americans infected by the AIDS virus each year is much higher than the government has been estimating, U.S. health officials reported, acknowledging that their numbers have understated the level of the epidemic. The country had roughly 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006 -- about a 40 percent increase from the 40,000 annual estimate used for the past dozen years. The new figure is due to a better blood test and new statistical...

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2008-07-25 12:20:00

On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled a plan to assist those who lived or worked near New York's World Trade Center who may have suffered harm from exposure to dust and debris from the collapse in 2001. The CDC said it would award up to $30 million in grants over three years to provide health screening, diagnostic services and treatment for residents near Ground Zero, as well as students, office workers and others who were not emergency responders. This comes...

2008-07-24 21:00:34

Grieving families across the United States will hold candlelight vigils Friday in memory of those who died of hospital infections, a patient advocate said. Betsy McCaughey, chairwoman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and a former lieutenant governor of New York, said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate of 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections is far too small. The CDC claims that 1.7 million people contract infections in U.S. hospitals each year....

2008-07-09 12:00:49

More than 385,000 needlestick and other sharps-related injuries are sustained annually by hospital-based healthcare personnel, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, with countless others occurring in nursing homes, outpatient clinics, physician offices and emergency care services. These injuries put healthcare workers at risk of becoming infected with life-threatening viruses, such as hepatitis B and C viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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