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Tell Your Kids: Deadly Flu Season for Younger Adults

Posted on 02/21/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNormally it’s those 65 and older who get hit hardest by the flu, but this flu season has been particularly deadly for young and middle-aged adults, causing many more deaths and dramatically higher hospitalization rates than the previous three seasons. The reason is a return of the dangerous H1N1 virus, or swine flu, that caused the 2009-10 pandemic. This particular strain of flu makes people “very sick, very fast, and it kills,” said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Tom …

New Government Website Tackles Long-Term Care Infection

Posted on 01/30/2014 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingYou’ve heard it before. You go into the hospital for one thing and come out with another: a whopping infection contracted there. Did you know that you’re also at risk for infection in assisted living and nursing homes? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just launched a website to help put the brakes on infection in long-term care settings. The numbers are big. Every year, the CDC estimates that 1 million to 3 million long-term care residents contract …

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 …

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 …