Report: Indiana suicide rate increases
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's suicide rate increased more than 30 percent from 1999 to 2016, according to a recent federal report.
SEATTLE (AP) — Suicide rates inched up in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday.
Tim Cunningham still missing; CDC marks one month since employee vanished
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it has been one month since one of its epidemiologists, Dr. Tim Cunningham, vanished from the Atlanta area and that agency officials "have not given up hope" that he will be found.
Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat also tried to clear the air around what might have driven the disappearance of Dr. Cunningham, a commander in the Public Health Service.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 109 percent in Wisconsin from July 2016 to September 2017, according to federal health officials.
Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 109 percent in Wisconsin from July 2016 to September 2017, the highest spike among 16 states closely tracked, federal health officials said Tuesday.
The ER data show trends in the opioid abuse epidemic before deaths do, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study.
CHICAGO (AP) — New federal data show that Illinois emergency rooms saw a 66 percent increase in opioid overdose visits last year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse.
A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses from opioids increased 30 percent late last summer, compared to the same three-month period in 2016. The biggest jumps were in the Midwest and in cities, but increases occurred nationwide.
Dr. Anne Schuchat joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the late 1980s after her post-medical school training coincided with the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis, giving her a firsthand look at a public health crisis.
That epidemic drove a one-year drop in life expectancy in 1993 something that isn't supposed to happen in a country like the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) — The worst of the nation's nasty flu season is finally over.
The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said Friday. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline. Deaths from the flu or pneumonia are going down, too.
While the peak may have passed, the season isn't finished yet. Reports of flu remained widespread in 45 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.
A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009.
And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the resignation of its director will not disrupt efforts to combat a severe flu season that's killed more than 50 children and is on pace to break hospitalization records.
Brenda Fitzgerald, who took the helm in July, resigned Wednesday amid reports she added a tobacco company to her stock portfolio. Already, financial conflicts of interest had forced her to recuse herself from a swath of agency business.
NEW YORK (AP) — Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds.
The amount of opioids prescribed fell 18 percent between 2010 and 2015. But researchers found local differences, with opioid prescribing six times higher in some counties than others.
ATLANTA (TNS) — President Donald Trump is expected to tap the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health as the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to two administration sources.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to launch a new ad campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction.
CDC acting director Anne Schuchat discussed the problem at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on Wednesday in Atlanta.
Schuchat said the rising rate of deaths and addiction due to opioids is a crisis for the nation.