Mike Stobbe

  • New York Aug 2, 2019

    Cities Now See More Overdose Deaths Than Rural Areas

    U.S. drug overdose deaths, which have been concentrated in Appalachia and other rural areas for more than a dozen years, are back to being most common in big cities again, according to a government report issued Friday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the urban overdose death rate surpassed the rural rate in 2016 and...

  • United States Jun 6, 2019

    US Measles Count Tops 1,000 Cases as Surge Continues

    Health officials say this year’s U.S. measles epidemic has surpassed 1,000 illnesses. It’s already the highest in 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. Most are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities. The nation last saw this many cases...

  • United States Jun 6, 2019

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    Health officials say this year’s U.S. measles epidemic has surpassed 1,000 illnesses. It’s already the highest in 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. Most are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities. The nation last saw this many cases...

  • United States Apr 22, 2019

    New York Outbreaks Drive US Measles Count Up to 626

    Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U.S. measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years. Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York. That brings this year’s total to 626. That is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported for...

  • United States Apr 19, 2019

    Current, Two-Wave US Flu Season Is Now the Longest in 10 Years

    Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years. This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That...

  • United States Apr 15, 2019

    US Measles Cases Surge, With New York at Epicenter of Outbreak

    U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years. While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the epicenter.

  • illness Apr 8, 2019

    Telemedicine Tied to More Antibiotics for Kids, Study Finds

    Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study. Many of those prescriptions disregarded medical guidelines, raising the risk they could cause side effects or contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant germs. “I understand the desire for care that’s...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mar 8, 2019

    Flu May Have Peaked, But Experts Eye Jump in Nastier Strain

    There’s a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain. Flu was reported to be widespread in 48 states last week, down from 49 the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in its latest report on this winter’s flu season. The...

  • United States Feb 14, 2019

    Flu Vaccine Doing a Relatively Good Job This Season

    The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor’s office. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60...

  • United States Dec 20, 2018

    American Adults Getting Heavier, Staying the Same Height: CDC

    You don’t need to hang the mistletoe higher but you might want to skip the holiday cookies. A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren’t getting any taller but they are still getting fatter. The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese, thanks to average weight increases in all groups — but particularly whites...

  • United States Oct 3, 2018

    1 in 3 US Adults Eat Fast Food Each Day, Study Says

    A government study has found that 1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food on any given day. That’s about 85 million people. It’s the first federal study to look at how often adults eat fast food. An earlier study found a similar proportion of children and adolescents ate it on any given day. The Centers for Disease Control and...

  • United States Sep 26, 2018

    80,000 People Died of Flu Last Winter in US, CDC Says

    The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, revealed the total in an interview Tuesday night with The Associated Press. Flu experts knew it was a very bad season,...

  • Asher Klein Aug 16, 2018

    Smokers Better Off Quitting, Even With Weight Gain: Study

    If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and...

  • United States Jun 29, 2018

    Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Tied to Tainted Irrigation Canal

    Tainted irrigation water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, health officials said Thursday. About 200 people were sickened in the E. coli outbreak and five people died. The outbreak, which started in the spring, is now over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The outbreak sickened people in 36...

  • United States Jun 8, 2018

    Flu Season Was One of the Deadliest for US Children

    Flu killed more U.S. children in the past year than during any other regular flu season in recent history. U.S. health officials said Friday that they had received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. That surpasses the 2012-2013 flu season, when there were 171. An average season sees about 110. There were more deaths in 2009-2010, when a...

  • Pennsylvania May 17, 2018

    US Births Hit a 30-Year Low, Despite Good Economy

    U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday. Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns. The provisional report, based on a review...

  • United States Mar 19, 2018

    Flu Widespread Across US for Third Straight Week

    Sick with the flu? You’ve got a lot of company. The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared. Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That’s the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. The government doesn’t track every flu case but...

  • United States Mar 19, 2018

    Worst of Bad US Flu Season Is Over as Illnesses Decline

    U.S. health officials said Friday that the flu season apparently peaked in early February and has been falling since then. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline. Deaths from the flu or pneumonia are going down, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 32 states reported heavy patient...

  • United States Mar 19, 2018

    Nasty Flu Season Showing Signs of Winding Down in US

    Could this nasty flu season finally be winding down? U.S. health officials on Friday said fewer visits to the doctor last week — 1 out of 16 — were for fever, cough and other flu symptoms than during the previous two weeks. The number of states reporting high patient traffic for the flu also dropped, to 39 from 43. Officials...

  • United States Jan 19, 2018

    US Flu Season Gets Worse, Has ‘Lot More Steam' Than Expected

    The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan...

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