Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

9:07am

Wed July 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Warm Winter Helped Fuel West Nile Outbreak In Dallas

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 8:43 am

A sprayer truck blankets a neighborhood in North Dallas with insecticide to curb mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in July 2012.
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West Nile virus looked like it was waning as a health threat, with the number of cases dropping each year. Then last summer, it roared back.

The number of people infected with the mosquito-borne illness suddenly spiked in 2012. And Dallas was hit hardest of all.

People showed up in emergency rooms with encephalitis and paralysis, unable to breathe on their own.

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12:38pm

Thu July 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Youths, Fewer Homicides But Still Many Deaths

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 7:14 am

Homicide remains a leading cause of death for young people, even as rates drop. In Chicago, a teenage boy grieves next to a memorial where Ashley Hardmon, 19, was shot and killed on July 2. Gunmen fired while she was chatting with friends.
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Homicide rates among teenagers and young adults have dropped to the lowest level in 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's good news, but it still means about 4,800 young people under age 25 were murdered in 2010.

Teenagers and young adults remain more likely to be killed than older adults, and homicide is a leading cause of death in the young, behind motor vehicle accidents.

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12:45pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Environment

Little known Facts About West Nile Virus

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With the West Nile Virus season upon us, here are some facts that you may not have known about the seasonal blight.

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2:27pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Surge In Painkiller Overdoses Among Women

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:52 am

Drugs found in the medicine chest are claiming more women's lives than cocaine and heroin.
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Women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while men still suffer more overdoses, women are catching up fast.

From 1999 to 2010, the CDC found a fivefold increase in the number and rate of such cases among middle-aged women. Over the same period, the rate of overdoses from prescription painkillers increased 3.5 times in men.

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11:46am

Thu June 20, 2013

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