August 23, 2012 Federal and state health investigators have identified outbreaks of skin infections linked to tattoos in four states. At least 14 people in New York were infected by ink that was apparently contaminated during manufacturing.
July 12, 2012 Reuse of drug vials intended for only one patient led to outbreaks of staph infections at clinics in Arizona and Delaware. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged providers of health care to be more careful.
July 10, 2012 The public health gurus are using weddings as teachable moments for disaster preparedness. Plan ahead, prepare an emergency kit, and stay informed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. But that's just the beginning.
June 15, 2012 The latest recall of dry dog food has made at least 22 people sick, and should make you think twice about sharing everything with Rover. Washing your hands after handling and feeding pets can help stop the spread of Salmonella.
May 18, 2012 More than 2 million baby boomers in the U.S. are thought to be infected with hepatitis C. But most don't know it. So the federal government is proposing they get blood test for the virus. The current guidelines call for a test only when someone is known to be at risk.
May 16, 2012 The public health honchos agreed with an expert panel that recommended in January that anything greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood for kids 5 and younger should be considered dangerous. That's half the current standard and represents the first reduction since 1991.
May 9, 2012 Norovirus particles can fly through the air, land on things like plastic bags and survive there for weeks, according to an investigation of a stomach flu outbreak in Oregon. The researchers say this proves you don't have to have direct contact with someone to get sick.
May 3, 2012 Last year, tornadoes claimed the lives of more than 500 people in the U.S. Some safety advocates say protecting your head with a sturdy helmet could help reduce injuries and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's unaware of evidence in favor of helmets, but it acknowledges people may want to use them to protect themselves against head injuries.
April 24, 2012 Federal data show that only 13.4 percent of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol, compared with 18.3 percent a decade earlier. Drugs rather than better lifestyle appear to account for the improvement.
April 12, 2012 A bat got loose in the cabin of a Delta flight bound for Atlanta from Wisconsin last summer. After the plane returned to the airport, the bat escaped. Public health workers scrambled to find the passengers and make sure they hadn't been exposed to rabies.
April 11, 2012 TEDMED has rolled into the nation's capital, and the conference is drawing hip health care geeks from around the world. Cookie Monster came, too.
March 29, 2012 The rapid rise in numbers has prompted calls to declare the developmental disorder an epidemic. But researchers say most if not all of the increase could be due to better recognition of the disorder by parents, doctors and teachers.