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City Room: Cuomo Declares Public Health Emergency Over Flu Outbreak

Andrew Cuomo

With the nation in the grip of a severe influenza outbreak that has seen deaths reach epidemic levels, New York State declared a public health emergency on Saturday, making access to vaccines more easily available.


Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S.: CDC says

Flu Epidemic

Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. That is just above the epidemic threshold of 7.2 percent. Nine of the 10 U.S. regions had "elevated" flu activity, confirming that seasonal flu has spread across the country and reached high levels several weeks before the usual time of late January or February. The other region, the Southwest and California, had "normal" flu activity last week.


New optimism about stemming spread of AIDS virus


An AIDS-free generation: It seems an audacious goal, considering how the HIV epidemic still is raging around the world. Yet more than 20,000 international HIV researchers and activists will gather in the nation's capital later this month with a sense of optimism not seen in many years - hope that it finally may be possible to dramatically stem the spread of the AIDS virus.


Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state

Whooping Cough Epidemic

Washington state's worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts ...


Painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction

Painkiller Addiction

Sales of the nation's two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients' suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic....


Quake-hit Haiti battles cholera epidemic, 138 dead

Quake-hit Haiti battles cholera epidemic, 138 dead

Haiti's government and its aid partners fought on Friday to contain a cholera epidemic that has killed at least 138 people in the nation's worst medical emergency since the January 12 earthquake.


Poverty-stricken U.S. cities have HIV epidemics

Many low-income urban areas across the United States have epidemics of HIV, with 2.1 percent of heterosexuals in poverty-stricken urban areas infected with the incurable AIDS virus, U.S. scientists said on Monday.


Whooping cough now an epidemic in California

Phil Plait comments on a recent California Department of Public Health statement that whooping cough "is now officially an epidemic in California." Phil is clear in his criticisms of anti-vax celebrities and other opponents of sound medical science.


U.S. swine flu epidemic shows signs of being over

U.S. swine flu epidemic shows signs of being over

Is the U.S. swine flu epidemic over? Federal health officials won't go so far as to say that, but on Friday they reported for ...


First HIV Vaccine Helps Prevent AIDS Infection

First HIV Vaccine Helps Prevent AIDS Infection

For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might never be possible.

The World Health Organization and the U.N.


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