Tag: CDC

Children Being Prescribed Antibiotics Too Frequently

Children Being Prescribed Antibiotics Too Frequently

A recent study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, produced by the CDC warns that antibiotics are being prescribed for colds and viral sore throats in addition to other illnesses that either do not need antibiotics or will not respond to them. It was found that the number of children, in this case children [...]

November 12, 2012 More
Smokers Numbers Drop in U.S.

Smokers Numbers Drop in U.S.

The number of adults smoking in the U.S. has continued to drop, however after a one year stall the rate of decline is now much slower than before. For the last forty years the number of American smokers had dropped according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has also been identified [...]

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Mental Health Issues Too Common

Mental Health Issues Too Common

A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that about 50% of all Americans, at some stage in their lives, will experience some form of psychiatric problem. This problem could include any of the following issues; depression, suicide, post traumatic stress disorder or paranoia. Presently many people do not get [...]

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Survey Two Thirds of Americans Plan to Get Flu Vaccine

Survey Two Thirds of Americans Plan to Get Flu Vaccine

New information from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases says that this year about 66% of all adult Americans intend to have a flu jab to protect themselves from any seasonal viruses. The survey also identifies that 70% of parents are planning to have their children vaccinated too. This matches the trend seen in recent [...]

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West Nile Virus – How do I catch it?

West Nile Virus – How do I catch it?

The vast majority of people catching the West Nile Virus will have no symptoms at all, others may have very minor symptoms, not even being aware that they are ill. However for a very few people, when they are infected, it will lead to encephalitis, myelitis or meningitis. These three conditions all refer to swelling [...]

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Immunization Schedule

Immunization Schedule

An immunization schedule is also known as a vaccination schedule and covers the period of childhood, starting at birth. It covers this period because the purpose of the schedule is to let the parents or guardians know what vaccines are required at certain periods over the life of the child. The immunization schedule is used [...]

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Could you be an Alcoholic – 10 Signs to Judge Yourself

Could you be an Alcoholic – 10 Signs to Judge Yourself

In the United States it is estimated that over half the adult population, about 52% are considered to be regular drinkers. That means they have drank at least 12 drinks in the last year according to the 2010 report published by the CDC. That same report showed that 14,406 people died of alcohol induced liver [...]

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Should I take the Shingles Vaccine?

Should I take the Shingles Vaccine?

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, it is called varicella – zoster virus and the reason that this occurs is that after a child has chicken pox the virus doesn’t leave the body, it just lies dormant until a trigger revitalises it and it manifests itself in the adult body [...]

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Human Papilloma Virus 16 and Cervical Cancer

Human Papilloma Virus 16 and Cervical Cancer

Human papilloma virus 16, or HPV 16, is one of the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the United States. It causes genital neoplasias, which may develop into genital cancers. Epidemiology With about 20 million known cases and 5.5 million new cases each year, HPV 16 is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the [...]

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The AIDS Virus – Everything You Need to Know

The AIDS Virus – Everything You Need to Know

Although a lot of advancements have been made in preventing the spread of the AIDS virus and caring for it, a lot people still don’t know much about it. What is AIDS? The AIDS virus comes from the HIV virus and stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. This is how it happens: several weeks after [...]

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Whooping Cough: Symptoms, Complications, Treatment and Prevention

Whooping Cough: Symptoms, Complications, Treatment and Prevention

Whooping cough or pertussis is of the most contagious diseases known in North America. Although people of any age can catch it, it is most commonly found in small children and babies. This can quickly kill a small child so it is vital that they get regular vaccinations against pertussis. It does not 100% guarantee [...]

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How to Minimize the Effects of a Common Cold?

How to Minimize the Effects of a Common Cold?

When you live with others and you see that one of them is sniffing or has a runny nose you know that the cold is coming to get you. We all get colds but when you live in a family unit things can be so much worse because no sooner has one family member recovered [...]

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Speedy Weight Gain in Infants can Foretell Childhood Obesity

Speedy Weight Gain in Infants can Foretell Childhood Obesity

A new Harvard study carried out by Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, and her colleagues has found that infants who gain weight quickest are the children with the largest risk of becoming obese in later life. The study, which is published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, inspected the medical records of 44,622 [...]

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HIV transmission

HIV can be transmitted through blood, semen (including pre-seminal fluid or “pre-cum”), vaginal fluid, or breast milk. The most common modes are: sexual intercourse (anal, vaginal, or oral sex) with an HIV-infected person; sharing needles, syringes, or injection equipment with an injecting drug user (IDU) infected with HIV; and from HIV-infected women to babies before [...]

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