Tag: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaping Illnesses Increase to 530 Probable Cases

The number of vaping-related lung illnesses has risen to 530 probable cases, and seven deaths are associated with the sickness, according to an update on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the nation’s public health officials said they still were unable to pinpoint the cause, or causes, of the sicknesses that […]

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Is It Time to Quit Vaping?

Public health officials have long been wary of e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens. But after an outbreak of serious lung illnesses this summer, those concerns became much more urgent. Last week, federal health officials announced that e-cigarettes — which people can use to vaporize and inhale liquids containing nicotine or T.H.C., the high-inducing chemical […]

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Child Support vs. Deadbeat States

Second of three articles In most states in America, child support doesn’t actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families. Confused? You’re not alone. Many people have no clue how the child support and public assistance systems operate. The first thing to know: If you are a custodial parent (a […]

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What You Need to Know About Vaping-Related Lung Illness

Hundreds of people across the country have been sickened by a severe lung illness linked to vaping, and a handful have died, according to public health officials. Many were otherwise healthy young people, in their teens or early 20s. Investigators from numerous states are working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and […]

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Another Patient Has Died From Lung Disease After Vaping

A second person has died from a severe lung illness after vaping, according to a lead investigator on the case in Oregon. The investigator said that the person had apparently become sick after vaping T.H.C. from a product purchased from a recreational marijuana shop in the state. The investigator, Dr. Ann Thomas, a pediatrician and […]

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The Mysterious Vaping Illness That’s ‘Becoming an Epidemic’

An 18-year-old showed up in a Long Island emergency room, gasping for breath, vomiting and dizzy. When a doctor asked if the teenager had been vaping, he said no. The patient’s older brother, a police officer, was suspicious. He rummaged through the youth’s room and found hidden vials of marijuana for vaping. “I don’t know […]

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Don’t Use Bootleg or Street Vaping Products, C.D.C. Warns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday warned people not to use vaping ingredients bought on the street and to stop modifying either nicotine or cannabis e-cigarette device in an effort to curb the vaping-related lung sicknesses that have alarmed health officials in more than two dozen states this summer. Despite the lack […]

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Heat Deaths Jump in Southwest United States, Puzzling Officials

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Heat-related deaths have increased sharply since 2014 in Nevada and Arizona, raising concerns that the hottest parts of the country are struggling to protect their most vulnerable residents from global warming. In Arizona, the annual number of deaths […]

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First Death in a Spate of Vaping Sicknesses Reported by Health Officials

A person in Illinois has died from a mysterious lung illness apparently associated with an unknown vaping product, public health officials said on Friday. This is the first death of someone whose symptoms have been linked in the last two months to vaping. Health officials do not know whether the respiratory illnesses have been caused […]

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Cases of Vaping-Related Illnesses Rise to 153 in 16 States

WASHINGTON — Sixteen states have now reported 153 cases of serious, vaping-related respiratory illnesses in the past two months, and many of the patients are teenagers or young adults. In a statement on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that all of the cases occurred in people who acknowledged vaping either nicotine […]

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Atlanta Hotel, Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Reopens

The source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Atlanta that left one woman dead and sickened dozens of other people was a downtown hotel they had visited, Georgia public health officials confirmed this week. Bacteria was discovered in a cooling tower and a decorative fountain in the atrium of the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Nancy Nydam, […]

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Why Doesn’t America Know More About Gun Safety?

In the wake of yet another spate of mass shootings, America is confronted with many questions. Among them: Will waiting periods on gun purchases help curb gun violence or reduce the number of gun-related deaths and injuries? What about gun buybacks? Or age restrictions? Public health experts know that far more people die of gunshot […]

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These Medical Devices Are Inserted Into 500,000 Patients Each Year — but Are Tough to Sterilize

In hospitals around the world, the snakelike duodenoscope is regarded as an indispensable tool for diagnosing and treating diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts. But these fiber-optic devices have a remarkable drawback: Although they are inserted into the upper part of the small intestine through the mouth and constantly reused, they cannot be sterilized […]

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Deadly Germ Research Is Shut Down at Army Lab Over Safety Concerns

Safety concerns at a prominent military germ lab have led the government to shut down research involving dangerous microbes like the Ebola virus. “Research is currently on hold,” the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, in Fort Detrick, Md., said in a statement on Friday. The shutdown is likely to last months, […]

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Swim Lessons for All

Every year in Harlem, hundreds of parents line up outside Riverbank State Park at dawn for an elusive prize: swim classes that they can afford for their children. From the mighty Hudson River to the rolling ocean waves of the Rockaway Peninsula, New York City is surrounded by water. But a surprising number of New […]

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Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It.

CHINCHINIM, Goa, India — Seven young men sprinted down paths, darting behind houses and vaulting low walls. Each one carried a long-handled net. From yards, alleys and streets the din of canine outrage filled the air, announcing the invasion of the neighborhood. Some dogs hid, others retreated a bit before resuming their chorus of barking. […]

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In Hawaii, Rat Lungworm Disease Infects People but Eludes Researchers

A tropical parasite transmitted through rats and snails has caught the attention of health officials in Hawaii. But few scientists have studied the infection once it makes its way into humans, and researchers can’t say for certain whether the disease is becoming more widespread. The parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, typically resides in a rat’s pulmonary arteries […]

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C.D.C. Investigates Rare Type of Paralysis in Children

Last year, health officials confronted a record number of cases of a rare, mysterious neurological condition that caused limb weakness and paralysis in more than 200 children across the country. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that they were still trying to understand the condition, called acute flaccid myelitis, […]

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus and Travel

In 2016, when the Zika virus first made headlines, people canceled vacations to Latin America and the Caribbean as the mosquito-borne virus spread through the region and into Texas and Florida. While the illness caused by Zika is mild, it can cause severe birth defects when pregnant women are exposed to it. But almost as […]

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The Zika Virus Is Still a Threat. Here’s What Experts Know.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Remember Zika? With measles and Ebola grabbing headlines, it is easy to forget the health panic of 2016, when Zika was linked to severe birth defects in thousands of Brazilian newborns whose mothers were infected while pregnant, striking fear across the country and much of the Americas. As health officials struggled […]

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