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Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?

Nov. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low. Instead the milestone was relegated to a lone figure at the bottom of a government press...

Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Nov. 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a U.S. government study that resulted in many more infections found — including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. The experiment...

Vaping illnesses in US still rising, though at slower pace

Nov. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of vaping illnesses in the U.S. is still rising, but at a slower pace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said another 121 cases have been reported, bringing the total of confirmed and probable cases to 2,172. Forty-two people have died. The outbreak...

US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

Nov. 13, 2019 4:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable. So there’s some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going...

US officials identify 'strong culprit' in vaping illnesses

Nov. 8, 2019 6:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a "very strong culprit." The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the Centers for Disease...

More than 2,000 in US diagnosed in vaping illness outbreak

Nov. 7, 2019 1:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New government figures show more than 2,000 people have been diagnosed with vaping illnesses in the still-unsolved U.S. outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said 2,051 confirmed and probable cases have been reported. Illnesses have occurred in every state but...

US health officials link childhood trauma to adult illness

Nov. 5, 2019 8:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials estimate that millions of cases of heart disease and other illnesses are linked to abuse and other physical and psychological harm suffered early in life. In a report released Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried to estimate the impact of...

Health officials disclose another romaine outbreak, now over

Nov. 1, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials disclosed another food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but they said it appears to be over. The disclosure late Thursday comes after the produce industry said it was stepping up safety measures following a series of outbreaks , including one last year...

Meth is most common drug in overdose deaths in chunk of US

Oct. 25, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fentanyl is driving drug overdose deaths in the U.S. overall, but in nearly half of the country, it's a different story. Meth is the bigger killer, a new government report shows. Nationwide, most deaths still involve opioid drugs like fentanyl and heroin. But in 2017, the stimulant meth was...

Vaping-related illnesses in US still rising, but more slowly

Oct. 24, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer reports of vaping illnesses are coming in, but U.S. health officials say they are not sure what to make of it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 125 additional cases were reported in the last week, bringing the total to 1,604 in this year's outbreak. That includes 34...