PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials are receiving more than $2 million to try to improve the state's efforts to prevent cancer.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen....
HONOLULU (AP) — There have been three new cases of rat lungworm disease contracted by visitors to Hawaii, officials said.
The state health department received confirmation from the U.S....
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is partnering with two Midwestern Democrats to fight the spread of misinformation about vaccines in the face of measles outbreaks...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says backyard chickens likely are behind the Salmonella outbreaks in 21 states.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state health officials and Boy Scout leaders say they're preparing for the possibility that some children may bring measles to the World Scout Jamboree this...
BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan a door-to-door survey this weekend in northern Illinois near where an anhydrous ammonia leak sickened...
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed four bills into law Wednesday aimed at improving maternal health care, particularly lower-income residents using Medicaid.
Pregnancy-related deaths are rising in the United States and the main risk factor is being black, according to new reports that highlight racial disparities in care during and after...
NEW YORK (AP) — Cocaine deaths have been rising in the U.S., health officials said Thursday in their latest report on the nation's deadliest drug overdose epidemic.
NEW YORK (AP) — As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey , ground beef , cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don't appear to be going away anytime soon.
US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A blood-sucking bug that can spread disease and is nicknamed for biting people around their mouths has been sighted in Colorado.
CDC report: STD rates on rise in South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The number of sexually transmitted diseases is on the rise in South Carolina.
That's according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and...
Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade
NEW YORK (AP) — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.
Researchers: Virus linked to polio-like illness
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a virus appears to be the cause of a polio-like illness that caused...
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say ground beef is the likely source of a food poisoning outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in six states.
How measles is making a return in New York and elsewhere
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish...
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NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines, reviving a public-health...
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.
Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last...
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018, health officials say.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state audit released Monday contradicted former Gov. Bruce Rauner's claim that his administration had done everything federal experts recommended to remedy a deadly 2015...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of fatal drug overdoses in North Dakota has dropped slightly since a deadly peak in 2016, a decline one health official attributes to a state overdose prevention...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths in North Dakota has declined after hitting a record number in 2016.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports drug...
CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm,...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an unvaccinated Oregon boy who almost died of tetanus (all times local):
An unvaccinated Oregon boy who spent eight weeks in intensive...
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain.
Officials see no link between miscarriage risk and flu shots
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say further research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots.
Two years ago, a puzzling study found women who had miscarriages...
Weeks after 2030 HIV pledge, report shows US headway stalled
NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after President Donald Trump announced a campaign to end the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030, new government data show that progress against the disease stalled...
Maine CDC tells residents to ignore misleading vaccine flyer
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents of the state to ignore a flyer being circulated that contains incorrect information about vaccinations.
Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame
NEW YORK (AP) — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.
For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday.
Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.
When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it's called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery.
Roughly 1,800 such cases are seen in the U.S. each year, but the number has been rising and officials don't know why.
Wasilla woman may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Wasilla woman found dead in her home may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Anchorage television station KTUU reports 44-year-old Michelle Ahern was found dead Jan. 5.
Alaska State Troopers say Ahern appeared to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. An autopsy was scheduled.
New Hampshire gets funding to prevent sexual violence
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting close to $300,000 from the federal government to help prevent sexual violence.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant has been awarded to the state Department of Health and Human Services. In announcing the grant, members of the state's Democratic congressional delegation said it would bolster efforts to educate the public, particularly young people, about how to prevent such violence.
US flu season poised to be milder than last year’s harsh one
NEW YORK (AP) — It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.
In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu that dominated a year ago, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines also work better against it, said the CDC's Dr. Alicia Fry.
CDC: Virginia woman died from rabies after 2017 India trip
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a Virginia woman who died in 2017 contracted rabies from a dog bite in India.
The Daily Progress reports the CDC released a report on Friday cautioning travelers to get the rabies vaccine.
Stem cell shots linked to bacterial infection outbreak
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials on Thursday reported an outbreak of bacterial infections in people who got injections of stems cells derived from umbilical cord blood.
At least 12 patients in three states — Florida, Texas and Arizona — became infected after getting injections for problems like joint and back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. All 12 were hospitalized, three of them for a month or longer. None died.
CDC says mystery illness cases higher this year
Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness
NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday.
It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness.
No one has died from the rare disease this year, but it was blamed for one death last year and it may have caused others in the past.
Officials to study scooter crashes in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Austin are working with the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study how to prevent dockless scooter crashes and patterns tied to the crashes.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the effort is the country's first study conducted on the topic.
Las Vegas hospital to widen HIV testing policy this Saturday
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended 12 years ago that health care providers broaden testing for the AIDS-causing HIV virus to everyone, not just those deemed most at risk of contracting the disease.
University Medical Center in Las Vegas will adopt the CDC's guidelines on Saturday in hopes of driving down the number of HIV diagnoses in Nevada and persuading other health facilities in the area to do the same.
WHO says it can fight Ebola outbreak despite US withdrawal
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Monday it can fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo despite the withdrawal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insisting: "We can cover it."
Educator gets grant to improve health of Asian-Americans
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded nearly $3 million to an Eastern Michigan University educator to lead an effort to improve the health of under-served Asian-American populations in Wayne and Kent counties.
Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down US life expectancy
NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.
Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago.
Arkansas collects thousands of unused prescription drugs
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Statewide participation in the last semiannual Drug Take Back Day differed heavily across the Arkansas-Oklahoma border.
Drug Take Back Day, held by the Drug Enforcement Administration in April and October each year, aims to lead people across the country to take unused prescription drugs to their nearest drop-off sites in hopes of combating opioid abuse.
2 in New Hampshire affected by E coli linked to lettuce
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health officials say two people in New Hampshire have been affected by a new E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced the two cases Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to avoid eating the lettuce. They say the strain has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in Canada.
Illinois reports 2 cases of Shiga-toxin E. coli
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials report that two Illinois residents are among nearly three dozen people affected by a strain of E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday on data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The CDC reports that 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the same Shiga-toxin strain of E. coli.
Corrected study: Building, mining have high suicide rates
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen killed themselves most often.
More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown
NEW YORK (AP) — More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren't sure what's causing it.
This year's count could surpass the tallies seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, officials said. Fortunately, the disease remains rare: This year, there have been 90 cases spread among 27 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.