In our news wrap Thursday, Republicans in the House voted in California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to be the next majority leader, filling a void left by Rep. Eric Cantor. Also, as many as 75 government scientists at a Centers for Disease Control lab in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria. Continue reading
This year’s measles outbreak in the U.S. is the largest in 20 years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A total of 228 confirmed cases have been reported to the CDC in the country between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014.
A new study in the journal Neurology finds Alzheimer’s may account for many more deaths than we previously realized. While the CDC ranks the disease as the sixth-leading killer in the U.S., the new study puts the annual death toll at around half-a-million, pushing it up to the third leading cause of death. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Dr. Bryan James of Rush University Medical Center. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration says trans fats are not safe and want the substance removed from the food supply. Judy Woodruff speaks with Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Thomas Frieden for more on the health risks linked to the partially hydrogenated fats and the impact the FDA’s proposed ban would have on consumers. Continue reading
Of the 50,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, more than one in four affect young people ages 13 to 24, more than half of whom don’t know they’re infected. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Science magazine’s Jon Cohen about this continuing epidemic and the cultural hurdles that make talking about sex and protection difficult. Continue reading
More sick patients raise concerns of the spreading effect of a New England compounding company’s tainted medicine, which has caused meningitis in several people. Judy Woodruff talks to USA Today’s Dan Vergano about the public health effort to warn doctors, as well as the regulatory authority of the FDA. Continue reading
The H1N1 swine flu virus is now widespread in 46 states, has hospitalized more than 20,000 people and caused more than 1,000 deaths in the U.S., Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday. Continue reading