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How Bad Will This Flu Season Be?

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe last flu season was a record-setter — and not in a good way. The season started early and hit hard. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the hospitalization rate for those age 65 and up was three to seven times higher than the previous three seasons, and more children died from the flu during 2012-2013 than in the past eight years. Yet even with the severity of last season’s flu, the CDC …

Eating Out Today? Don’t Read This

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHalf of the 48 million cases of food-borne disease each year stem from restaurants, and a series of recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides some clear reasons why: In many cases restaurant managers and workers aren’t following basic food-safety measures. CDC researchers visited hundreds of restaurants in 10 states to figure out what restaurants were doing wrong. Turns out, many workers aren’t being trained about how to handle food safely. They don’t wash their hands …

Are We Winning Key Public Health Battles?

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mile Stobbe, Medical Writer, The Associated Press 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 “winnable battles” singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set goals for 2015, such as cutting adult smoking to 17 percent and pushing childhood obesity down to about 15 percent. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Still Need a Reason to Quit Smoking? How About This?

Posted on 10/30/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy now, we thought, everyone knows that smoking does serious damage to your heart and lungs and multiplies your risk of developing lung cancer (23 times if you’re a man, and 13 times if you’re a woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Unfortunately, however, that’s not a powerful enough incentive for the 21.4 percent of Americans ages 45 to 64 and 7.9 percent of adults 65 and older who still light up, despite the health risks. …

Is Anyone Tracking the Flu During the Shutdown?

Posted on 10/10/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNormally during flu season the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lets us know the good and bad news, tracking how fast the flu is spreading, how severe it is and how well those flu shots are working. The information is especially important for figuring out next year’s batch of vaccines. But thanks to the ongoing government shutdown, the CDC hasn’t been able to update its FluView since Sept. 21, and its influenza activity map hasn’t been updated …

He Helped Solve the Mystery of Lyme Disease

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1970s, a cluster of cases of unexplained severe joint pain and swelling was breaking out in a small three-township area in Connecticut, as a 1976 New York Times article detailed. Fortunately, the mysterious affliction soon came to the attention of a team of Yale University medical researchers headed by rheumatology chief Dr. Stephen E. Malawista, who passed away on Sept. 19 at age 79 in Hamden, Conn. Malawista and his colleagues — Dr. Allen C. Steere and Dr. …