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Rhode Island reports spike in STD infections

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 28, 2015

Rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Rhode Island, a trend the state's department of health attributes to better STD testing, as well as higher rates of high-risk sexual behavior.

As King v. Burwell decision approaches, CDC details sharp drop in uninsured

As King v. Burwell decision approaches, CDC details sharp drop in uninsured

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2015

The number of people who were uninsured for at least part of last year dropped to a low not seen in decades. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed the insurance landscape in the first nine months of 2014, only 11.9% of respondents said they were uninsured.

Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

By Associated Press  |  May 28, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores.

Study confirms early treatment is best for HIV

By Associated Press  |  May 28, 2015

A major international study says HIV patients shouldn't delay in seeking treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer.

Data Points for May 25, 2015

Data Points for May 25, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

Data Points for the week of May 25, 2015, covered the following topics: Paying physicians based on quality, infections from contaminated duodenoscopes, nursing home quality ratings, TV ads for children for poor quality food

Vision loss and poverty correlated

By Andis Robeznieks  |  May 22, 2015

Researchers have found a correlation between poverty and severe vision loss. They also identified the South as having the most poor people with bad vision. Experts say the problem is not because there is a lack of optometrists.

Flat youth suicide rate hides increase among black boys

By Andis Robeznieks  |  May 18, 2015

The suicide rate for elementary-school aged children appears to be flattening, but a study posted Monday on the JAMA Pediatrics website found those numbers hide an increased rate among young black boys while fewer white boys are committing suicide.

Data Points for May 18, 2015

Data Points for May 18, 2015

By Modern Healrhcare  |  May 16, 2015

Data Points for the week of May 18, 2015, covered the following topics: HIV infection rates, heroin poisoning, mortality among Hispanics with diabetes, physicians with Caribbean medical educations, prescription costs

A food poisoning report with good news: Fewer E. coli cases

By Associated Press  |  May 15, 2015

Fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers, the government reported Thursday. The latest report card on food poisoning shows illnesses from a dangerous form of E. coli bacteria have fallen 20% in the past few years.

CDC says Indiana HIV outbreak is tip of drug-abuse iceberg

By Andis Robeznieks  |  April 25, 2015

Federal, state and local public officials are working to get an HIV outbreak in rural Southern Indiana under control. But new cases are still being reported every day and they don't believe the outbreak has peaked yet.

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