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CDC reassigns director of bioterror lab after anthrax blunder

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reassigned the director of the bioterror lab behind the potential anthrax exposure of dozens of scientists and staff, sources told Reuters, as the anthrax controversy intensified. Michael Farrell, head of the CDC’s Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, has been…

CDC says more lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. authorities increased to 84 people their count of government workerspotentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta as they investigated a breach in safety procedures for handling the deadly pathogen. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of lab workers who mayhave been exposed rose from the 75 people first disclosed…

NRA: Bill to allow CDC to determine how many people are killed by guns is ‘unethical’

Updated 05/21/2014 1:56 p.m.: This story has been updated to include comments from the National Rifle Association and Rep. Maloney. Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun violence research efforts. Since 1996, when a small CDC-funded study on the risks of…

Florida officials confirm second case of deadly MERS virus in the United States

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Monday a second case of MERS, a deadly virus first discovered in the Middle East in 2012, has been found in the state of Florida. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of the virus, known…

A plunge in U.S. preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say

If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that’s because it probably was, researchers say. When the study was published in late February in the Journal of the American Medical Association, no…

CDC warns: Drug-resistant infections kill 23,000 patients a year

Centers for Disease Control says 23,000 people a year die as a direct result of resistance and 14,000 die from related infections The US faces “potentially catastrophic consequences” if it does not act immediately to combat drug resistance which already kills an estimated 23,000 people a year, the Centers for…

Hard-hitting ads get credit in new U.S. push against smoking

Hard-hitting ads featuring first-person stories from former smokers prompted more than 200,000 Americans to immediately give up tobacco, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in a study published Monday. Half that number are likely to stay off tobacco forever, according to the study that appeared in British medical journal…

CDC calls rising E-cigarette among teens ‘deeply troubling’

The number of American teens and preteens smoking electronic cigarettes doubled in 2012 over the year before — a trend US health authorities called “deeply troubling” on Friday. Some 1.78 million US middle and high school students — around 11 to 18 years old — smoked so-called e-cigarettes in 2012,…

Health officials: Feces found in almost 60 percent of public pools

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are advising swimmers at public pools nationwide to be extra careful, after finding that nearly 60 percent of pools in the Atlanta area tested positive for traces of fecal matter. CBS News reported on Thursday that the CDC found the bacteria Escherichia…

CDC: One in 50 school kids has some form of autism

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that a recent survey of parents shows that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has some form of autism. According to the Associated Press, the higher numbers don’t mean that cases of autism are occurring more often, but rather that tests to…

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