Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

12:41pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Tells Baby Boomers To Get Tested For Hepatitis C

Dr. Paul J. Pockros, a liver specialist at Scripps Green Hospital in San Diego, talks with hepatitis C patient Loretta Roberts in Jan. 2011.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

When it comes to hepatitis C, things that happened to baby boomers back in the day can make all the difference.

One in 30 baby boomers is infected with virus, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And most of them don't know it. So, the CDC is moving ahead with a proposal that all baby boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) get a blood test to check for the virus.

The current guidelines call for testing when someone has known risk factors.

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3:27pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

CDC Cuts Lead-Poisoning Limit For Kids

Don't rely on luck to keep kids safe from lead.
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4:19am

Sat May 12, 2012
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Wearing Helmets In Tornadoes Gains Momentum

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 11:18 am

Tornado survivor Jonathan Ford saves what he can from his home April 29, 2011, after it was destroyed by a powerful tornado in Pleasant Grove, Ala.
John Bazemore AP

Months after safety advocates embraced wearing helmets during tornadoes — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines on the practice. The CDC says there's not yet enough scientific evidence to fully endorse the idea. But the agency is warming up to people donning helmets when severe weather threatens.

Since a horrific outbreak of tornadoes killed more than 250 people last year in Alabama, safety advocates have been on a crusade.

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8:13am

Fri May 11, 2012
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FDA Gets Advice To Approve First Pill To Cut HIV Infections

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 9:31 am

Gilead Sciences' Truvada is a step closer to being approved as a way to prevent HIV infection.
Paul Sakuma AP

In what could mark a watershed in the fight against HIV/AIDS, a panel of experts recommended that the Food and Drug Administration give a green light to a pill that can cut the risk of infections.

The daily pill, Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, combines two medicines that inhibit the reproduction of HIV. It's already approved as a treatment for HIV, but its use could soon expand to include protection of uninfected people.

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12:52am

Thu May 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Feds Join Fight Against Whooping Cough In Washington

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:50 am

Nurse Susan Peel gives a whooping cough vaccination to a high school student in Sacramento, Calif. The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness after by the time people reach their teens and early adulthood.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Washington state is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak. The state has more than 1,100 confirmed cases so far this year — that's 10 times as many as this time last year, and health officials fear the number may rise.

The state is desperately trying to raise awareness of the epidemic. Take this public service announcement featuring a mother whose baby contracted the disease.

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