Tag Archives: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevent High Blood Pressure: Get It Checked

If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked by a doctor lately, you could be one of the millions of Americans who has hypertension, but is completely unaware of it. Unlike so many other serious health problems, high blood pressure – the “silent killer” – rarely causes any symptoms. That might explain why one out […]

CDC: Zika Virus Infection Can Cause Birth Defects

Federal health officials are urging women who are pregnant to avoid traveling to areas where Zika virus is actively spreading because increasing evidence shows it is a definite and direct cause of serious birth defects including microcephaly. Zika virus disease is spread primarily to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Pregnant […]

Deadly Skin Cancer Cases On the Rise, CDC Warns

The rate of new melanoma cases has doubled in the past 30 years, according to a new Vital Signs report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it’s on the rise,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  Despite the increase, federal health authorities […]

Binge Drinking Affects Middle-Aged Americans

Binge drinking is not just a college campus problem. A new report shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are most common among middle-aged adults. More than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers […]

Many Children Not Receiving Preventive Care, CDC Report Shows

Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services that help prevent and detect conditions and diseases, according to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clinical preventive services include prenatal breastfeeding counseling, newborn hearing  screening and follow-up, developmental screening, lead screening, […]

Bon Secours Offers Free Flu Shots for the Community

  Bon Secours Hampton Roads has declared Saturday, September 27, 2014 as “Free Drive-Through Flu Shot Day.” To make flu shots more accessible and increase compliance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention regulations, the local health system is continuing the tradition of offering free drive-through service at four locations. Join the hundreds of residents […]

Protect Your Family from the Flu

Flu season is still going strong in the United States, with the virus mostly attacking younger people this year. Nearly 30 children have passed away from the flu so far according to the CDC, but it’s never too late to protect yourself and your family from the flu. How to protect yourself If you haven’t […]

Study Finds Many Public Pools Contaminated with Poop

There are few things more inviting than a cool, clear pool on a hot summer day. But a new federal report will have you thinking twice before dipping a toe in the water. A new report in Atlanta found that 58% of pool filter samples taken from Atlanta area pools last summer contained E. coli, […]

Many Moms Introducing Solids Too Early, Study Finds

Although medical professionals recommend introducing solid foods to an infant no earlier than four to six months of age, many mothers choose to do so. Indeed, four out of 10 mothers gave their infants solid foods before their baby was four months old, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. The practice, which […]

Commit to Distraction-Free Driving

Many Americans continue to use their cell phones while driving despite widespread education campaigns that warn of the dangers. In fact, one in three drivers say they have read, sent, or composed email messages while driving, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011, 3,331 people were […]