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Gun Deaths Continue to Rise in America's Cities

A temporary falloff in the number of Americans who kill themselves and others with guns is over, newly released U.S. government data show.

"Firearm homicides and suicides are an urgent public health concern in the United States," said Scott Kegler, lead author of a new study of gun violence ...

Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

A review of cases from 465 U.S. hospitals underscores the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines.

The new review -- by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health -- found that vaccinated adults who got breakthrough infections rarely got severely ill. Respiratory failure, the need for treatment i...

CDC Warns of Rise in Rabies Linked to Bats

Three people died recently in the United States recently from rabies linked to bats, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. They bring the total number of U.S. rabies cases in 2021 to five.

That's a sharp rise over prior years -- no reported rabies cases in people were reported in the United States during 2019 and 2020, the CDC noted. Overall, the number of rab...

Packaged Salads Tied to E. Coli Outbreak in 6 States

Check your packaged salad greens: More than a dozen people have been infected by a strain of E. coli in six U.S. states, health officials report.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert linking the outbreak to Simple Truth Organic Power Greens and Nature's Basket Organic Power Greens. The greens may be contaminated with E. coli and may be making peop...

48 COVID Cases Reported on World's Largest Cruise Ship

At least 48 passengers and crew members on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas — the world's largest cruise ship — have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been quarantined, the company said Monday.

Of the 48 people who tested positive during the sailing, 98% were fully vaccinated. That's not surprising, since the overall vaccination rate among the nearly 6,100 passengers and cre...

CDC Supports 'Test-to-Stay' Strategy for Schools

Unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 can remain in the classroom as long as they're regularly tested for the virus at school, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC pointed to two new studies from California and Illinois as evidence that school districts can...

Early CDC COVID Tests Were Not Only Contaminated, But Flawed: Report

Along with being contaminated, there was also a basic design flaw in COVID-19 testing kits created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention early in the pandemic, a new agency review shows.

It was already known that the PCR kits were contaminated, but the CDC's find...

Were Cancer Patients Neglected in U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout?

In nearly two-thirds of U.S. states, cancer patients weren't put at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines in the initial phase of vaccination, a new study finds.

Many cancer patients are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 as the disease or related treatments leaves them with weakened immune systems.

Perhaps many cancer patients were skipped over for COVID shots because vaccinat...

Vaccines, Boosters Should Protect Against Severe COVID, Even With Omicron: Fauci

Americans who are vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 should have enough antibody protection to prevent severe illness if they become infected with the new Omicron variant, White House COVID response officials said Tuesday.

Omicron has caused concern among medical experts due to a "large number of mutations, around 50, much larger than previous variants," including some "anticipated t...

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

Nearly a third of health care staff in U.S. hospitals were not vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-September, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.3 million health care workers at more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide between Jan. 20 and Sept. 15.

"Our analysis revealed that vaccine coverage among U.S. hospital-based [health care personnel] stalled significan...

CDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest Kids

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it has lowered its limits for lead poisoning in kids.

The move is expected to more than double the number of 1- to 5-year-olds with worrisome levels of the toxic metal in their blood, according to the Associated Press. That means the number is projected to grow from 200,000 to about 500,000, AP said.

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Risk of COVID from Grocery Store Surfaces Very Low: Study

Your chances of getting COVID-19 from surfaces at the grocery store are minimal, a Canadian study reassures.

Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario collected 957 samples at four grocery stories over a month. None tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID,

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  • U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

    The rate at which homicide is taking the lives of Americans jumped by 30% over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic — the largest year-to-year increase ever, new federal government figures show.

    The rate jumped from 6 homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per 100,000 in 2020, according to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Cente...

    Side Effects of Pfizer Booster Shots Similar to First Two Doses

    As millions of Americans sign up to get their Pfizer booster shot, a new government report delivers reassuring news about its expected side effects.

    The study, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, evaluated the experiences of individuals who were able to get third doses starting in mid-August because they had compromised immune systems. In those cas...

    CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended booster shots of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for millions of older and high-risk Americans, kicking off a new chapter in the national effort to protect the vulnerable from severe disease.

    First, an expert CDC advisory panel called for COVID-19 booster shots for those over 65, nursing home residents and other Amer...

    FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Seniors, High-Risk Americans

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Pfizer booster shots for people over 65 and for those at high risk of severe COVID-19.

    Under the emergency use authorization, the booster shots should be given at least six months after a person is fully vaccinated.

    Wednesday's move is likely the beginning of a staggered campaign to deliver booster shots to all Americans, s...

    CDC Expert Panel to Weigh In on Vaccine Boosters

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Wednesday to discuss which Americans, if any, should get Pfizer booster shots to rev up their immunity to COVID-19.

    Their recommendation will follow a decision by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert panel to only give booster shots to those over 65 and those in high-risk groups.

    The CDC pane...

    Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

    It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

    Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be treated with any common antibiotics and is an increasing public health threat, according to researchers at the U.S. Center...

    Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

    An alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers has updated guidance about COVID-19 vaccine boosters for cancer patients and the people around them.

    The National Comprehensive Cancer Network's new recommendations are intended for health care providers.

    "COVID-19 can be very dangerous, especially for people living with cancer, which is why we're so grateful for safe and effective vaccines...

    Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

    Top U.S. health officials have reportedly warned the White House to curtail its plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans later this month.

    Leaders of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both told White House pandemic coordinator Jeffrey Zients in a meeting Tuesday that their agencies will not be able to fully assess the n...

    New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

    A new coronavirus variant called Mu that may be able to evade existing antibodies, including those from vaccines, is under close watch by U.S. health officials.

    The variant hasn't taken extensive hold in the United States at this point, but the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is taking it "very seriously," according to its director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, CBS Ne...

    UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

    The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a resurgence in other infections that strike hospitalized patients, a U.S. government study finds.

    The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the broad toll the pandemic has taken. It found that rates of several types of hospital-acquired infections rose after the pandemic reached U.S. shores in 2020.

    More hospital...

    As Classes Resume, Some Health Tips From the CDC

    Students face a number of challenges as they head back to school this fall -- from potential exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses to injuries on the playing field.

    "This return to school season is like no other," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Schools must be prepared to protect children from COVID-19, while also addressin...

    You're Vaccinated But Get a Breakthrough Infection: What Next?

    More than 171 million people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, but the highly infectious Delta variant has left some with "breakthrough" cases nonetheless.

    These cases were anticipated, because the COVID vaccines weren't designed to eliminate all virus infections, but rather to lower a person's risk of severe illness and hospitalization.

    Even now, "being va...

    Salmonella Illness in 17 States Tied to Salami, Prosciutto

    Two salmonella outbreaks that appear related to salami and other Italian-style meats have sickened at least 36 people in 17 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Twelve people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

    Because some people recover from salmonella without medical care and aren't tested, the CDC suspects the true number of...

    Parents, Look Out for Mental Health Issues as College Kids Return to Class

    This year of pandemic isolation and anxiety has been tough for many, but an expert says college students are at particularly high risk for mental health issues as they transition from adolescence to adulthood.

    As students return to their campuses, it's important for parents to monitor their young adults' mental health, said Dr. Richard Catanzaro, chief of behavioral health at Northern Wes...

    Less Than Three-Quarters of March Madness Fans Wore Masks Properly

    It could have been a slam-dunk, but fewer than 3 out of 4 fans at the March Madness basketball tournament wore masks correctly, a new study reports.

    Mask mandates at sporting events, concerts and other large indoor gatherings play an important role in combating the spread of COVID-19, the researchers pointed out.

    "With vaccination rates still low and COVID transmission ongoing, the ...

    New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

    Five years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention retooled a guideline for prescribing opioid painkillers, research suggests the change is paying off.

    With the United States in the grip of an opioid overdose epidemic, the CDC released an evidence-based guideline in 2016 to help doctors treat patients' pain while balancing the risks and benefits of prescription opioids....

    Breaded, Raw Chicken Recalled in Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

    More than 59,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products linked with a multi-state salmonella outbreak have been recalled, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

    The products were produced Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, 2021, by Serenade Foods in Indiana and sold under the brand names Milford Valley, Dutch Farms and Kirkwood. A public health alert a...

    4th Case of Tropical Bacterial Illness Found in United States: CDC

    The fourth U.S. case of a rare and potentially fatal bacterial disease called melioidosis, typically found in the tropics, has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Genome testing shows that the strain in the latest case in Georgia is linked to the strains of Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria that caused the three previous infections in Kansas, Texas ...

    The Delta Variant & the Vaccinated: One Expert's Take on the Data

    News that the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 can be picked up and spread by vaccinated folks has sparked confusion and concern, and an infectious disease expert wants to clarify.

    These worries follow a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that urged even vaccinated folks to wear masks indoors in areas with substantial or high rates of COVID-19...

    Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic

    Opioid overdose-related visits to U.S. emergency departments rose by nearly one-third during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

    That's the key finding in a new analysis of data from 25 emergency departments in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

    "COVID-19, and the disruptions in every part of our social and work lives, made this situation ev...

    CDC Now Says Vaccinated Should Be Tested After COVID Exposure, Even Without Symptoms

    People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should be tested for the virus if they come into contact with infected people, whether or not they have symptoms, say updated testing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The agency previously said that fully vaccinated people did not need to be tested after exposure to the virus unless they had symptoms, The New...

    Listeria Outbreak Linked to Precooked Chicken: CDC

    One death has been reported in a listeriaoutbreak that appears to be linked to precooked chicken served in health care facilities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

    Three people in Texas and Delaware became sick after they ate foods at a long-term care home or hospital, and interviews and lab tests indicate they likely got sick from eating precooked chicke...

    How Much Should the Delta Variant Worry You?

    The Delta variant of COVID-19 is upending any return to normalcy in some parts of the United States, with locales like Los Angeles County urging vaccinated folks to once again don masks indoors.

    Infectious disease experts said these places are acting with an abundance of appropriate caution, given that the Delta variant is more transmissible and potentially more dangerous.

    But the d...

    Hand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, Dizziness

    The coronavirus pandemic has had an unexpected side effect -- a wave of bad reactions to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

    Vapors from the products can cause headache, nausea and dizziness, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which advises consumers to use the products in well-ventilated areas.

    "We have received increasing reports of these side effects since the start ...

    Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

    As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic.

    Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who've gotten the jab need booster shots to maintain their protection?

    It's an important question, as waning immunity in the ...

    Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

    A real-world study shows that even when folks who get the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do have 'breakthrough' infections, those illnesses are mild.

    The study, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is among the first to show that people who get COVID-19 despite being fully or partially vaccinated are less likely to have serious illness or to infec...

    'Breakthrough' COVID Infections After Vaccination Are Rare: CDC

    Comedian and commentator Bill Maher recently made news of his own when he contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

    But such breakthrough COVID-19 cases among the vaccinated are rare, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigations Team.

    Nearly 10,300 SARS-CoV-2 infections have occurred in v...

    U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July

    The United States could see a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases by the end of July, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Six research teams asked to project future COVID-19 trends have concluded that new infections will drastically drop in July and continue to fall through September, the researchers reported May 5 in the Morbidity and Morta...

    CDC Says Vaccinated Can Shed Masks Outside, Except in Crowds

    Fully vaccinated Americans can now go without masks when walking, jogging or biking outdoors, or when dining with small groups at outdoor restaurants, U.S. health officials announced Tuesday.

    The latest guidance, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, followed growing calls from infectious disease experts to drop mask mandates outside because breezes rapidly disperse ai...

    CDC Panel Recommends Resuming Use of J&J COVID Vaccine

    The United States should resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a key advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Friday.

    The agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has determined that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing deaths and hospitalizations far outweigh the risks of rare blood clots, risks that are ma...

    4 in 10 Transgender Women Have HIV: CDC

    Four in 10 transgender women have HIV, which shows the urgent need to offer them more prevention and treatment services, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

    In interviews with more than 1,600 transgender women in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle in 2019 and early 2020, researchers found that 42...

    Know the Signs of Rare Blood Clot Linked With J & J Vaccine

    While U.S. federal government experts probe potential risks of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, what do you need to know if you have had the one-dose COVID shot or hope to get it?

    Experts at the American Heart Association (AHA) describe what to look out for.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration paused administration of the J&J (Ja...

    America's STD Rate at Record High Again: CDC

    There's another epidemic sweeping the United States: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

    Statistics for 2019 -- the latest data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- show that STD rates in the United States hit a new high again for the sixth straight year.

    In 2019, nearly 2.5 million Americans had an infection of chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis, t...

    Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

    Americans' trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opinion poll finds.

    Researchers polled more than 2,000 Americans in May 2020 and questioned most again five months later. Respondents were asked to rate their trust of the CDC, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a low-to-h...

    More Than 87,000 Scientific Papers Already Published on COVID-19

    The world's researchers have worked at a breakneck pace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Through October, more than 87,000 papers about the new coronavirus were published worldwide. That's a remarkable number even given the significance of the pandemic, according to the researchers who tallied them all up.

    "It is an astonishing number of publications -- it may be unprecedented in the h...

    As Pot Legalization Spreads, More Teens Are Lighting Up

    As pot gains in acceptance among adults, teenagers appear to be more tempted to try it, a new study out of California finds.

    After the state legalized marijuana use for adults in 2016, teens' use of the drug also climbed after years of steady decline.

    Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 3 million seventh-, ninth- and 11th-graders, who answered questions about their ...

    Not the Flu: COVID Death Risk Is 3.5 Times That of Influenza

    The risk of death from COVID-19 is more than triple that from seasonal flu, researchers in Canada say.

    Their findings are similar to recent studies from the United States and France. The study was published Feb. 10 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    "We can now say definitively that COVID-19 is much more severe than seasonal influenza," said study author Dr. Amol ...

    Southern California Is Origin of New COVID-19 Variant

    A new variant of COVID-19 found in Southern California is coursing across the United States and around the world, a new study finds.

    The variant -- called CAL.20C -- was first found in July in Los Angeles County. It reappeared in Southern California in October, then spread in November and December, with a regional surge in coronavirus cases.

    The variant now makes up nearly half of C...