Tom Frieden

Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Ebola may be scary, but most shouldn’t be afraid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States’ top disease detective calls Ebola a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.” The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people […]

08/11/2014

The entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

CDC report card: Good, bad marks on target battles

  ATLANTA (AP) — About three years ago, the nation’s top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it’s issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven […]

11/21/2013

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

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

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

A basket of medical supplies await storage. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Drug-resistant bacteria are common killers

ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, the government is estimating how many people die from drug-resistant bacteria each year — more than 23,000, or about as many as those killed annually by flu. The […]

09/16/2013

An e-cigarette (Wikimedia Commons Photo)

Children’s use of e-cigarettes increasing

ATLANTA (AP) — Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students. About 2 percent of the students […]

09/05/2013

Superbug

Officials alarmed by increasing superbug reports

NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials are reporting an alarming increase in some dangerous superbugs at U.S. hospitals. These superbugs from a common germ family have become extremely resistant to treatment with antibiotics.

03/06/2013

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