November 5, 2012 A web of embargoes meant the full story on a 2009 mumps outbreak couldn't be revealed until now. Now we can tell you about the effect of an extra dose of vaccine worked and whether doctors recommend that others get a third mumps shot.
October 22, 2012 A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. One reason may be that more people are taking new blood pressure drugs.
October 20, 2012 The mold is so rare as a cause of human illness that nobody knows its incubation period. That makes it hard to predict when the outbreak will be over.
October 18, 2012 Kids exposed to laundry detergent pods appeared more likely to have vomiting, drowsiness or lethargy than those who were exposed to other forms of laundry detergent. An analysis of reports of poisoning by detergent pods finds they represent "an emerging public health hazard."
September 12, 2012 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is confident the nation has turned the corner on its worst-ever epidemic of West Nile virus disease. Next, scientists will try to figure out what made 2012 so bad.
September 11, 2012 Too many bad nights' sleep can raise the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure. Researchers say highway noise should be added to the list of environmental pollutants.
September 4, 2012 Most adults with high blood pressure are being treated these days. But more than half of all Americans with hypertension still haven't got it under control.
August 31, 2012 A team of doctors and scientists, known as disease detectives, fly around the world on a moments notice to investigate mystery illnesses or contain outbreaks. These Sherlock Holmes of medicine chatted on Twitter about what it's like to be a disease detective and how you snag the gig.
August 29, 2012 So far, two Missouri farmers are the only known cases of the tick-borne virus in the world. But experts are sure they'll find more. The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence.
August 29, 2012 Every state except Alaska and Hawaii has reported West Nile virus in people, birds or mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects human cases will rise through October. In Texas, the worst-hit state, deaths reached 31.
August 29, 2012 A high proportion of deaths in children during the swine flu pandemic occurred in kids who had neurologic diseases, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, or developmental disorders. Those conditions can affect breathing, swallowing and coughing.
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.