New Jersey has seen a surge of 12% in new autism cases over a period of two years, federal health officials said on Thursday. Before this, the northeastern state already had the highest rate in the US for autism spectrum disorder. In the United States, the rate of autism remained stable within year 2010 and 2012, according to CDC report.
As per a report by federal health officials, one in every 41 kids in New Jersey is living with the mental condition present from early childhood. But if the new data is compared with number of autism cases in two years, from 2010 to 2012, it is not an uptick, said some experts. They also said that the state is doing a good job by detecting the disorder and providing help to the kids in problem.
After a long period of strong progress in dealing with tuberculosis (TB), the number of cases has increased in the United States in the recent times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reported that last year, incidences of the one the deadliest disease saw a rise. When compared with 2014, the cases reported in 2015 are more in each of the twenty-nine states and also in the District of Columbia.
In 2015, number of cases increased was not significant, it accounted for 157, and total number of cases reached to 9,563. Two-thirds of people suffering from TB were born abroad, with Asians accounting for the most cases (3,007) and the highest rate of 28.2 cases per 100,000 persons. On the other hand, there were only 0.5 cases per 100,000 Whites the same year.
On Thursday, a new case of Zika virus was confirmed in Nevada. A Clark County resident, who recently visited Central America as per state and local health authorities, has been found positive for Zika virus infection.
Southern Nevada Health District medical epidemiologist Tony Fredrick said that the local man had travelled to Guatemala. He tested positive for the virus after he fell ill around February 10 while he was on the trip.
Currently, Zika virus outbreaks have been reported in many countries and WHO has declared it an international health issue. Health experts are advising people not to visit Zika-affected regions. The mosquito-borne disease has claimed many lives in Brazil alone, and several studies have linked it to a rare birth defect, called microcephaly, where a baby takes birth with a small head.
How to stay safe while travelling to area where the deadly virus is growing rapidly? Health experts say pregnant women, or those who are planning to have a baby, must avoid visit to a Zika-affected place.
An analysis by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute has linked neuro-developmental disorder autism to much shorter lifespan and the alarming sign is high risk of suicide among individuals suffering from autism spectrum disorder. People with autism die at a young age, some 12 to 30 years earlier compared to normal age for other individuals, as per the study.
Study researchers examining mortality trends among autistic individuals have found that major cause of death in adults with the condition isn’t a disease, but suicide. Detailed study results have been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
The listeria outbreak in recent years has been associated with Miller's Organic Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania. The raw milk sold by the farm to people who were drinking unpasteurized milk, could have been the cause of infection. The cases of listeria infection have been reported since 2014. However, the cause was discovered only after when two patients got sick from the bacteria and one of them died.
Most recent outbreak of disease includes one case from California and another from Florida and the latter one died. The Pennsylvanian organic farm was held responsible for causing infection by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that a salmonella outbreak linked to pistachios has infected at least 11 people in nine states in the US, with two of them landing up in the hospital due to salmonella infection. Following the fears of salmonella contamination, the grower has recalled pistachios with the brand names of Paramount Farms, Trader Joe's and Wonderful.
The CDC said people in the age group of 9 to 69 years reported falling ill on December 12 with similar symptoms. Among the affected state are Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington. A detailed list of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo and the number of cases in each state is available on the Case Count Map page.
CDC to healthcare workers: Use combination of infection control recommendations to better protect patients from HAIsSubmitted by Piyush Diwan on Sat, 03/05/2016 - 14:38
America is doing a superb job of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but still lacks in some areas, mainly in battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested healthcare workers to use mixture of infection control recommendations for protecting the patients in a better way from such infections.
CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said, “New data show that far too many patients are getting infected with dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria in healthcare settings. Doctors and healthcare facilities have the power to protect patients – no one should get sick while trying to get well”.
In case you are 45 or above and have a sales job, then there are chances that you have elevated risk for heart disease and stroke in comparison to workers in management and professional positions. Same applies to people working in office support or service-linked jobs.
For better understanding of how cardiovascular disease risk is linked to profession, CDC researchers carried out a study by including 5,566 employed black and white men and women belonging to age group 45 years and above. The findings were presented by them this week at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 meeting, in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to recent statistical projections by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all black men who have sex with other men are likely to get HIV positive at some point time in their lives.
CDC projections are based on data collected about infection rates between 2009 and 2013. According to the data, the risk of contracting HIV are anticipated to be one in four gay and bisexual Latino men, one in 11 for gay and bisexual white men, one in 49 for heterosexual black women, one in 2,514 for heterosexual white men.
Kyong Yoon, Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville conducted a study about the strains of lice resistance to a commonly used drug. This resistance has caused problem in 25 states and is referred as a growing problem in many studies since 1990s.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annually around 12 million people get head lice. "It bites your scalp and then it injects a little bit of its saliva into your scalp. And that's why most people, about 80 to 85 percent of people, have an allergy to that and that's why they get the itching," said Melissa Parker of Lice Clinics of America.
On Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that pregnant women should avoid traveling to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil because of Zika virus infection risk.
The CDC also suggested that women looking forward to conceive, and their male partners, must exercise suggested precautions and extra care in case they travel to the Olympics or Paralympic Games, which is going to be held in August and September in Rio de Janeiro.
The advisory said, “The CDC Recommends that pregnant women consider not traveling to the Olympics. If you have a male partner who goes to the Olympics, you may be at risk for sexual transmission”.
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that nine people in Minnesota and Wisconsin have got fallen ill during the most recent E. coli outbreak. Two of them have been admitted to hospital.
In River Falls in Wisconsin, the outbreak has been linked to Alfalfa sprouts from Jack & The Green Sprouts.
In an announcement regarding the outbreak, the CDC said, “Of the eight ill people who were interviewed, all eight reported eating or possibly eating alfalfa sprouts in the week before illness started”.
Symptoms of illness can be noticed two to eight days after consumption of contaminated food items. The symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. In most cases, people recover from the illness within a week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on February 24, 2016 that so far this year, the nation has witnessed the maximum effectiveness of vaccination for flu compared with last few years effectiveness rate. The CDC stated that till now, the vaccination has reduced the chances of getting influenza by 59%.
"This means that getting a flu vaccine this season reduced the risk of having to go to the doctor because of flu by nearly 60 percent. It's good news and underscores the importance and the benefit of both annual and ongoing vaccination efforts this season," said Dr. Joseph Bresee from the CDC.
On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added two destinations to its list of places facing Zika-related travel warnings.
The CDC has been working with public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus transmission. CDC has placed Trinidad and Tobago and the Marshall Islands into the list of areas with high risk of Zika transmission. The advice given by the CDC is a Level 2 warning that says travelers must ‘Practice Enhanced Precautions’.
The particular regions where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are generally tough to find out and will probably keep on changing with time.
According to a latest CDC study, one out of three Americans doesn’t get proper sleep. It has found that sleep schedules vary by race, age and geography.
As a whole, nearly 65% Americans slept for at least seven hours every night, the threshold that the authors of the survey used for defining a healthy sleep routine.
The demographic groups that get lower-than-average rates of enough sleep included non-Hispanic blacks, with 54.2% saying that they slept an average of seven hours or more per night. The rate was 53.7% in native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders both, and 59.6% each in American Indians and Native Alaskans.
Released on Thursday, the study was compiled using the responses of 444,306 people countrywide, who were told to share their sleep routines for a 2014 survey.
More than one-third of American adults don’t get seven hour sleep on a regular basis. The findings of the first national survey on sleep have raised an alarm about the sleep deprived individuals and the health impacts of missing adequate sleep. The result of survey has been published for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Telephonic interviewing was source of research, and researchers reported factors which could influence sleep.
The researchers did a random telephone survey on 444,306 respondents. The results showed that majority of the adults, around 65%, were experiencing sound sleep of seven and more than seven hours, while the rest 35% were sleep deprived.
In spite of back-to-back recommendations for adults to take proper sleep of at least seven hours every night, a latest study has shown that over one-third of people in the US aren’t getting enough of sleep. It has revealed the states across the country that are most sleep deprived.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study evaluated data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to find out whether adults have been getting sufficient sleep or not. The respondents of the survey involved 444,306 people in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers have discovered that over one-third of the adults reported sleeping less than seven hours per day.
A pregnant woman faces recommendations and suggestions from everyone, including doctors, relatives, family members and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The general advises involve complete restriction from smoking, illegal drugs and uncooked or undercooked animal products, along with fish and fish products that have high level of mercury. In addition, several medicines including Ibuprofen are banned for pregnant women.
USPSTF doubtful whether autism screening for young children is beneficial or could potentially be harmfulSubmitted by Deepan Chawla on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 14:31
As per a recent statement from the agency, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is presently doubtful over whether autism screening for young children is useful or if it may even potentially be risky.
Generally, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) screening begins between the ages of 18 and 30 months. But, many a times it is carried out without a parent or caregiver expressing delay. Officials have said that so, there has been a lack of proof regarding the outcomes for screening in order for children to get early diagnosis.
While speaking to Reuters, Dr. David Grossman, vice chair of the USPSTF, said that there recommendation isn’t a recommendation against screening, but a call for further study.