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Examples of epinephrine pens that the Center for Disease Control and  Prevention guidelines recommend that schools stock to combat food allergies. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Food allergy awareness heads to president’s desk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives. That effort has now […]

11/13/2013

Over the counter products for controlling head lice are photographed in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

More lenient school lice policies bug some parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to the classroom. And some school nurses are no […]

11/08/2013

Colon cancer testing may be leveling off in US

ATLANTA (AP) — After years of steady increases, testing for colon cancer may be leveling off, a federal report suggests. A large survey done last year found that about two-thirds of Americans ages 50 to […]

11/05/2013

Strep scorecard might help tell if you need a doc

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debating whether to seek a strep test for that sore throat? One day there could be an app for that: Researchers are developing a home scorecard that aims to prevent thousands of […]

11/04/2013

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Feds post food allergy guidelines for schools

ATLANTA (AP) — The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies. The voluntary advice calls on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish […]

10/30/2013

Flavored small cigars are popular with kids

ATLANTA (AP) — Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use. About 1 in 30 middle and high school kids […]

10/22/2013

West Nile

LA County confirms 3 more deaths due to West Nile Virus

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County health officials today confirmed the county’s seventh death due to West Nile Virus, with three fatalities confirmed in the past week. The three latest victims were men — […]

10/21/2013

This photo provided by Patty Konietzky shows her husband's foot of what they thought was a bug bite on Sept. 22, 2013, in Ormond Beach, Fla. Patty and her husband, Henry "Butch" Konietzky, went crabbing in the Halifax River near Ormond Beach in September. Butch developed a sore which was later confirmed to be vibrio vulnificus. The bacteria spread quickly in his body and he died 60 hours later. (AP Photo/Patty Konietsky)

31 in Fla. infected by bacteria in salt water; 10 have died

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Patty Konietzky thought the small purple lesion on her husband’s ankle was a spider bite. But when the lesion quickly spread across his body like a constellation, she knew something […]

10/11/2013

Protestors demonstrate against the government shutdown outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Government health and safety efforts have been slowed or halted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans’ health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking foodborne illness. The latest example: […]

10/08/2013

A flu shot being administered. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

More kids protected from flu; CDC says keep it up

WASHINGTON (AP) — More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials urged families Thursday to do even better this time around. Far too many young and middle-aged adults still […]

09/26/2013

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First flu case reported in Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CNS) – Health officials today confirmed the first case of flu in Long Beach, prompting a call for residents to get vaccinated. “Everyone age 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine […]

09/24/2013

Terrie Hall from the CDC's YouTube channel.

Woman featured in stark CDC anti-smoking ads dies

ATLANTA (AP) — A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died Monday of cancer. [See the video below.] Terrie Hall died at a hospital […]

09/16/2013

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