After a South Dakota hospital recently ran a standard clinical report through a federal healthcare safety database, it discovered that its patients had a high number of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infections.
Despite declining sexual activity among U.S. adults, the incidence of sexually transmitted infections showed a sharp increase in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. In inflation-adjusted dollars, government efforts to prevent the spread of STDs is declining.
The U.S. cancer mortality rate, in steady decline for over three decades, still takes a higher toll on African Americans. Regional disparities persist, too, with some areas of the country seeing worsening cancer mortality rates.
Frieden takes stock of the CDC's work battling national and global health threats and the challenges that lie ahead for his successor. Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director for the CDC, took over as acting head of the agency last week.The following is an edited transcript.
HHS last week reported a surge in people enrolling for coverage on the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange on the day after Donald Trump, who said repealing the law is a main priority, was elected into the presidency.
The trauma surrounding exposure to gun violence is not disputed, especially among children. In 1995, the CDC reported that kids who had four or more adverse childhood experiences, such as experiencing or witnessing a shooting, were more likely to smoke, drink, abuse drugs and engage in unsafe sex.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 31, 2016, covered the following topics: Patients who don't adhere to their medication schedule, costs of medication nonadherence, percentage of adults who took at least one prescription medicine in 2012 and deaths from not taking prescriptions.
Commentary: Upcoming open enrollment offers opportunity for more Americans to protect health, wealth
Why aren't people jumping at this chance to buy health security? The truth is it's often hard to look past the monthly price of a premium and absorb the real, tangible protection that health insurance provides to a family.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 17, 2016, covered the following topics: The anti-vaccination movement, vaccination rates for kindergartners and rotavirus vaccinations.
Public health experts say Hurricane Matthew left pools of stagnant water ripe for mosquito breeding in areas that were already vulnerable to the breed linked to the spread of Zika virus.
Maine and Vermont continue to have among the highest rates of unvaccinated children entering kindergarten.
Over the past year, there have been several reports indicating America's health status has taken a turn for the worse.