Opioid OD deaths fall despite growing use of synthetic drugs: CDC

(HealthDay)—Overall, opioid-related deaths in the United States fell 2% between 2017 and 2018, according to newly released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said deaths involving prescription opioids were down 13.5%, while heroin-related deaths fell 4%. But fatal overdoses involving synthetic opioids (excluding methadone) were up 10%. “Decreases in overdose deaths involving prescription opioids […]

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In the Eye of the Coronavirus Testing Storm: Robert Redfield of the C.D.C.

“Certainly this administration has been cited repeatedly for appointing people to important positions who did not have the relevant expertise,” said Chris Beyrer, an epidemiology professor at Johns Hopkins who has collaborated on research with Dr. Redfield over the years. “But you wouldn’t say that about Bob Redfield. He’s a very seasoned public health person, and he certainly has led […]

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U.S. health officials not ready to blame illnesses on street-bought vaping devices

U.S. health investigators are casting a wide net to understand what is sickening hundreds of vapers across the U.S. and still have not ruled out any product on the market, even as vaping industry officials highlight the potential role of illegal cannabis products. Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman is leading the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s investigation into the culprit […]

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CDC assesses burden of eye disorders in adults with diabetes

(HealthDay)—Eye disorders frequently affect adults aged 45 years and older with diagnosed diabetes, and disorders are more common for those with diagnosed diabetes for 10 years or more, according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Amy E. Cha, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the National Center for Health […]

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CDC: Superbug fungus has sickened 600 Americans

(HealthDay)—The United States has had more than 600 cases of infection with a type of fungus called a “serious global health threat” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first U.S. cases of Candida auris infection appeared shortly after the CDC became aware of it globally in 2016, ABC News reported. Since then, there have been 617 […]

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Ebola Epidemic in Congo Could Last Another Year, C.D.C. Director Warns

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not under control and could continue for another year, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview on Friday. “Let’s not underestimate this outbreak,” he said. His outlook was less optimistic than that of the director general of the World Health […]

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