High blood pressure is one of the most prevalent health problems in the U.S. at present. According to HealthDay reporter Kathleen Doheny, a study conducted by Dr. Sourabh Aggarwal of Western Michigan University states that the number of people with high blood pressure treated at emergency rooms throughout the country rose by 25 percent. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news: Continue reading
E. coli cases have been popping up around Washington and several other states over the last month. A report from The Sky Valley Chronicle provides a CDC update on the situation:
Revised numbers from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) show that as of this past Friday June 27, a total of 18 people have now been infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) in five states.
Washington State has the largest number of confirmed cases at 11.
Epidemiology and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicated that contaminated raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC of Moyie Springs, Idaho are the likely source of this outbreak.
The CDC and FDA recommend that consumers do not eat any raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts and that retailers do not sell or serve them.
Influenza, especially its specific variants like H1N1, is one of the most debilitating diseases that currently afflict Americans. It shouldn’t surprise people to see government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tirelessly looking for ways to cure this disease. Flu vaccines are purported to be the only way to fight influenza since anti-flu drugs were deemed ineffective. However, a study of the 2009-2010 flu epidemics in the U.S.—featured in an article in KPLU, the news service of Pacific Lutheran University—indicates otherwise: Continue reading
If you’ve ever been to an emergency room with a gashed forehead or a twisted ankle, you probably can’t decide which pain is worse—the injuries you sustained or the one your bank account will receive when the medical bills arrive. As this article from The New York Times reports, even routine treatments can have exorbitant charges in American ERs: Continue reading
Although the flu season hits the U.S. every year, this year seems to be particularly bad. According to a report from News Channel 5 Tennessee, the H1N1 influenza virus is making a strong and unwanted comeback this year: Continue reading