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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Trump Administration’s Hiring Freeze Means Nearly 700 Vacancies at CDC

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.

The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. Continue reading

Congress Boosts Research Funding in Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Precision Medicine, BRAIN Initiative and ‘Superbugs’

Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 — Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that Congress unveiled a bipartisan budget late Sunday that contains a number of welcome surprises for researchers who had been panicking since March, when President Trump proposed deep funding cuts for science and health.

Under the deal, the National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion boost in fiscal year 2017, as it did the previous year.

Trump had proposed cutting the NIH budget by about one-fifth, or $6 billion, in a draft 2018 budget.

Here are some of the big research winners: Continue reading

‘Superbug’ Fungus Emerges as New Menace in US Hospitals, Mostly NY and NJ

New York, NY, April 27, 2017 — The Associated Press reports that a “superbug” fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey.

First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe.  The oldest of the 66 cases reported in the U.S. dates back to 2013, but most were reported in the last year.

The fungus called Candida auris is a harmful form of yeast. Continue reading

CDC: Number of Potentially Preventable Deaths Declined from 2010 to 2014 for Three of Five Leading Causes of Death

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, December 1, 2016 — The number of potentially preventable deaths — premature deaths that could have been avoided — declined from 2010 to 2014 for three of the five leading causes of death in the Unites States, CDC researchers estimate.

In 2014, the five leading causes of death for people under age 80 were diseases of the heart, cancers, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema), and unintentional injuries (accidents).

These causes accounted for 63 percent of deaths from all causes in that year. Continue reading

CDC: Cancers Linked to Tobacco Use Make Up 40% of All Cancers Diagnosed in the U.S.

smoking-stopAtlanta, GA, November 16, 2016 — Forty percent of cancers diagnosed in the U.S. may have a link to tobacco use, according to this month’s Vital Signs Report. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths.

It causes more than lung cancer — based on current evidence, it can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, and a type of leukemia (acute myeloid leukemia).

Each year between 2009 and 2013, about 660,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with, and about 343,000 people died from, a cancer related to tobacco use, according to a new report by CDC. Continue reading

First Cases of Candida Auris Reported in U.S.; Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Can Spread in Healthcare Settings

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, November 6, 2016 — Thirteen cases of Candida auris (C. auris), a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, have been identified in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Seven of the cases occurred between May 2013 and August 2016 and are described today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).  The other six cases were identified after the period covered by the report and are still under investigation.

The report is the first to describe U.S. cases of C. auris infection. C. auris is often resistant to antifungal drugs and tends to occur in hospitalized patients. Continue reading

CDC Reports 16.4 Million People Have Gained Health Coverage Since 2013

Obamacare 3Washington, DC, November 4, 2016 — Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill that new data show that 16.4 million people have gained health insurance since Obamacare’s main coverage provisions went into effect in 2013.

The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the uninsured rate is near a record low, at 8.9 percent, just slightly higher than the 8.6 percent record in the first quarter of this year.

In 2013, it was 14.4 percent. Continue reading

New CDC Study Shows Changes in Breast Cancer Death Rates by Age Group

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, October 26, 2016 — Breast cancer death rates among women decreased during 2010-2014, but racial differences persisted, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings show changes for death rates from breast cancer by age group for black and white women, the groups with the highest death rates in the United States.

“Our latest data suggest some improvement for black women when it comes to disparities,” said Lisa Richardson, MD, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Continue reading

CDC Announces Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Continued Zika Response in 2017

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, October 23, 2016 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing the availability of about $70 million in supplemental funding to states, cities, and territories to support continued efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus.

The funding, distributed through CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Cooperative Agreement, will further support activities to protect the health of Americans, especially pregnant women, including epidemiologic surveillance and investigation, improving mosquito control and monitoring, and strengthening laboratory capacity.

Funding also will support participation in the US Zika Pregnancy Registry to monitor pregnant women with Zika and their infants. Continue reading

CDC Reports that Breast Cancer Mortality Rate Declining for Women Between 2010 and 2014

CDC LogoWashington, DC, October 19, 2016 — Lydia Wheeler last week reported in The Hill that fewer women are dying from breast cancer, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Thursday found that breast cancer death rates among women decreased between 2010 and 2014.

But the rate is declining faster among white women — down 1.9 percent compared to a 1.5 percent decrease among black women. Continue reading