Fewer High School Students Engage in Health Risk Behaviors; Racial and Ethnic Differences Persist

Fewer U.S. high school students are engaging in health risk behaviors compared to their counterparts from 15 years ago, according to the 2005 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More Physicians Using Electrical Medical Records

CDCs National Center for Health Statistics is issuing a new Health E-Stat today entitled Electronic Medical Record use by Office-based Physicians: United States, 2005.

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Changes in Varicella Vaccinations

Second dose of varicella vaccine to offer more protection for children, adolescents, and adults

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Human Papillomavirus Virus Vaccination

CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Human Papillomavirus Virus Vaccination Vaccine considered highly effective in preventing infections that are the cause of most cervical cancers.

Quick Diagnosis of Flu Strains Possible with New Microchip Test

Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a microchip-based test that may allow more labs to diagnose influenza infections and learn more about the viruses causing illness.

CDC and APHL Make Influenza Virus Sequence Data Publicly Accessible

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released genetic blueprints for over 650 genes of influenza viruses into a database accessible to researchers worldwide.

More than 100 Million Doses of Influenza Vaccine Expected To Be Available This Year Almost all providers should have some vaccine in October

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that influenza (flu) vaccine manufacturers are expecting to produce and distribute more than 100 million doses of influenza vaccines in the United States between now and early January, 2007.

Annual Report to the Nation Finds Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop;Lower Cancer Rates Observed in U.S. Latino Populations

A new report from the nation's leading cancer organizations finds that Americans' risk of dying from cancer continues to drop, maintaining a trend that began in the early 1990s. However, the rate of new cancers remains stable. The "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2003, Featuring Cancer among U.S. Hispanic/Latino Populations" is published in the October 15, 2006, issue of Cancer

Almost Half of Hospitals Experience Crowded Emergency Departments

Between 40 percent and 50 percent of U.S. hospitals experience crowded conditions in the emergency department (ED) with almost two-thirds of metropolitan EDs experiencing crowding at times, according to a new report issued today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

CDC Recommends Routine, Voluntary HIV Screening in Health Care Settings

New recommendations designed to increase early diagnosis of HIV infection as a pathway to improved treatment and prevention
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