Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New rules for safe baby formulas

New rules for safe baby formulas

After nearly two decades of study, the Food and Drug Administration announced rules Thursday designed to make sure that infant formula is safe and nutritious. Most formula makers already abide by the practices, but the FDA now will have rules on the books that ensure formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens […]

Unfinished government work keeps piling up with no end in sight

Unfinished government work keeps piling up with no end in sight

Across America the government’s work is piling up, and it’s not just paperwork. It’s old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return. And it’s the dead eagle in Wendi […]

Tourists, homebuyers will feel impact of government shutdown

Tourists, homebuyers will feel impact of government shutdown

A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. The mail would still be delivered and Social Security and Medicare benefits would continue to flow. But vacationers would be turned away from national parks and Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. Here’s […]

Older folks not protected by this year’s flu shots

Older folks not protected by this year’s flu shots

It turns out this year’s flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said […]

FDA claims moves will make food safer

FDA claims moves will make food safer

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The rules, the most sweeping food safety guidelines in decades, would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include […]

A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

Many Americans seem to be in a sour mood as 2013 begins, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the East Coast, a gunman massacred 20 school children in Connecticut and a long, contentious election campaign was followed by failure to resolve the “fiscal cliff” issue by year-end. Americans have not been very optimistic since the […]

Congress expands probe into meningitis outbreak

Congress expands probe into meningitis outbreak

Lawmakers on Friday widened their investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role state regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments blamed for killing 14 people in six states. The U.S. House of Representatives‘ Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to tell congressional staff what it […]

Two-thirds of young Americans engage in oral, vaginal sex

Two-thirds of young Americans engage in oral, vaginal sex

Two-thirds of American teenagers engage in both oral and vaginal sex, a new study released Thursday shows. However, sexual activity among teens has dropped in the last decade. The study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Center for Vital Statistics found that equal numbers of men and women between ages 15 and 24 […]

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost or misplaced more than $8 million in property in 2007, losing track of items including computer and video equipment, government auditors say. Agency officials said Wednesday they have corrected the lapses that led to that amount of waste. The report was released this week by the […]