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HPV vaccine uptake among American adolescents ‘on the rise’

Nearly half (49 percent) of all adolescents aged between 13 and 17 were up-to-date with their human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines in 2017, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The organization’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)...

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CDC warns of record rise in STD cases in US

Last year saw record levels of diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to the latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In 2017, nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States,...

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CDC: One-third of Americans in rural counties are obese

Over one-third (34.2 percent) of adults living in America’s rural counties are obese, according to the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Obesity prevalence was significantly higher among adults in the nation’s...

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NIA urges seniors to stay safe during summer heat

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has issued guidelines to help older adults reduce the risk of hyperthermia, or heat-related health conditions, during the hot summer months.  Seniors are particularly vulnerable to heat-related ailments, such as heat stroke, heat edema, heat cramps, heat...

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CDC: Less than one-quarter of American adults get enough exercise

Less than one-quarter of Americans get the government-recommended amount of exercise, according to an annual health survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The National Health Statistics Report examined responses to an annual survey and found only 23 percent...

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Get Ready for Summer! FDA highlights importance of sunscreen

Americans have been urged to take precautions to protect against ultraviolet (UV) radiation and skin cancer during the hotter months of the year. In a statement issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, highlighted the dangers and prevalence of skin...

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ACS: Colorectal cancer screening 'should start at age 45'

The average American should start regular colorectal cancer screenings at the age of 45, according to new guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Previous recommendations from the organization suggested people at average risk of the condition should begin a screening schedule at the...

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CDC warns about infection risk in hotel pools and hot tubs

One in three waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States between 2000 and 2014 occurred in hotel pools and hot tubs, according to recent findings published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found more than half the...

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NCHS: Adult obesity and diabetes on the rise in the United States

Obesity and diabetes are significantly more common in the United States than 20 years ago, according to recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In 1997, under 20 percent of American adults over 20 years of age were classified as obese, a figure that rose to 31.4 percent...

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Benefits of universal flu vaccination highlighted in new study

Universal vaccination against the flu could help slow the spread of the disease in the future, according to a recent study into the efficacy of flu vaccines. The clinical trial conducted by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) examined the efficacy of Fluarix Tetra (inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine...

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FluMist: Nasal influenza vaccine to return for 2018-19 flu season

Nasal influenza vaccines could be set to make a return for the 2018-19 flu season after a vaccine advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to include FluMist in the immunization options for the coming year.  FluMist provides a route of administration for...

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