Luxury cruise fails surprise health inspection

(CNN) — A surprise inspection by the Centers for Disease Control has resulted in a failing grade for one of the plushest cruise ships afloat. According to a report by the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, the cruise ship Silver Shadow was cited repeatedly for using an “organized effort” to remove 15 trolleys of food from […]

34 children a day treated for food-related choking

Many of the foods that kids regularly eat and enjoy — from fruits and vegetables, to hot dogs and candy — have long been known to pose a choking hazard and to sometimes be fatal. A new study shows just how common the risk is: On average, 12,435 children under age 14 are treated annually […]

Study: Food, Skin Allergies Increasing In Children

NEW YORK (AP) — Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found. Experts aren’t sure what’s behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies? Or are mom and […]

Health budget spends on mental health; cuts Medicare

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON | Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:28pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget includes an increase of $3.9 billion to the health department as it prepares to implement the administration’s healthcare overhaul, setting money aside for mental health, but cutting medicare. The budget asks for $1.5 billion in […]

105 US Children Died This Flu Season, Most Were Not Vaccinated

This year the flu has killed 105 children so far. Normally roughly 100 children die in an average flu season. However this year 90 percent of the children who died did not get vaccinated, CDC officials said. All but four of the children were old enough to receive a flu shot. The season started about […]

Study: More children being diagnosed with some form of autism as they get older

The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control indicate the biggest increase in autism is occurring in mild cases in the spectrum of autism disorders but it doesn’t necessarily mean there has been an increase in children with the neurological changes labeled as autism. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports. Two percent of U.S. schoolkids – […]

More People Are Dying At Home And In Hospice, But They Are Also Getting …

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Being moderately overweight might not pose health risk

It’s a common medical refrain: Carrying extra pounds raises the risk of ills such as heart disease and diabetes and therefore the risk of a premature death. But does that heightened risk of early death apply across the board to those who are merely overweight? A new analysis of nearly 3 million people suggests maybe […]

2012′s health news dominated by politics, personalities

Politics, personalities and public health threats dominated medicals news in 2012, with research advances taking a backseat. A laboratory technician packages cerebrospinal fluid of a confirmed meningitis case Oct. 9 in St. Paul. The package was prepared to be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further testing.(Photo: Hannah Foslien, […]