CDC Press Releases

Take a look at the latest and archived public health news releases published by the CDC.

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska. Only 12 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit, ranging from 7 percent in West Virginia to 16 percent in Washington, D.C. Results showed that consumption was lower among men, young adults, and adults living in poverty.

Source: CDC Press Releases

Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The study linked the severity of abnormalities in glucose metabolism with the severity of Alzheimer’s pathology. For example, the study found that severe reductions in brain glycolysis and important enzymes were related to a more severe expression of Alzheimer’s.

Source: Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan sends ‘harmless’ radioactive cloud over Europe

 

Nuclear safety institutes in Europe have measured high levels of levels of ruthenium 106, a radioactive nuclide that is the product of splitting atoms that does not occur naturally.
Nuclear safety institutes in Europe have measured high levels of levels of ruthenium 106, a radioactive nuclide that is the product of splitting atoms that does not occur naturally. Photograph: Martin Muransky / Alamy/Alamy

French institute says pollution suggests release of nuclear material south of the Ural mountains in September has no consequence for human health

Source: Nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan sends ‘harmless’ radioactive cloud over Europe

Ebola aid money fraud: Red Cross statement – Outbreak News Today

In response to the $5 million, designated for the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak response, lost due to fraud and corruption, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed their outrage and apologies in a recent statement: IFRC has zero tolerance for fraud and is committed to full transparency and accountability to our partners…

Source: Ebola aid money fraud: Red Cross statement – Outbreak News Today

Hematohidrosis Is a Rare Disease That Makes You Sweat Blood | Time.com

The condition is called hematohidrosis

In cases of hematohidrosis, blood seeps out of unbroken skin, just as sweat normally does. It’s most common on the face, ears, nose and eyes, according to the National Institutes of Health Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, and it’s often associated with fear and emotional stress. Some people with the condition even cry bloody tears.

Source: Hematohidrosis Is a Rare Disease That Makes You Sweat Blood | Time.com

Vegetables sold at Walmart, Target, Trader Joe’s recalled for Listeria | WPXI

Mann Packing is voluntarily recalling various vegetable products sold at Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Target over concerns of Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The company said “a single positive” test result in random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency sparked the decision to issue the recall notice. Listeria infection can cause fever, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms and even miscarriages.

Source: Vegetables sold at Walmart, Target,Trader Joe’s recalled for Listeria | WPXI

California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19 – BBC News

The disease has wreaked havoc on the state’s homeless population, who experts say are vulnerable.

More than 500 people in California have contracted the viral disease since November, many of whom are homeless.

Hepatitis A, which attacks the liver, is usually spread through faecal matter, transmitted through sex or by touching contaminated food or objects.

It is the second-largest US outbreak of hepatitis A in the past 20 years.

Source: California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19 – BBC News

Pa. insurance department says Obamacare rates to rise 30.6 percent | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It is with great regret that I must announce approved rates that are substantially higher than what companies initially requested.”

Pennsylvania insurers offering Obamacare plans will need to raise premiums an average 30.6 percent in 2018, nearly four times the increase that had been anticipated before President Donald Trump scrapped government subsidies five days ago.

The new numbers come from the state Insurance Department, which on Monday released the rate hikes that it had approved after calculating the impact of the president’s move.

Source: Pa. insurance department says Obamacare rates to rise 30.6 percent | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hillary Clinton breaks toe ahead of appearance on The Graham Norton Show

Hillary Clinton was delayed arriving for the filming of The Graham Norton Show due to a broken toe. The former US presidential candidate arrived for the recording of Norton’s BBC One show wearing a surgical boot after falling while running down some stairs. Speaking to Press Association she said: “I was running down the stairs in heels with a cup of coffee in hand, I was talking over my shoulder and my heel caught and I fell backwards.

Source: Hillary Clinton breaks toe ahead of appearance on The Graham Norton Show

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer – BBC News

The research team also found specific mutations in human DNA that alter lifespan, reported in the journal Nature Communications.

  • Mutations in a gene (a set of instructions in DNA) that is involved in running the immune system could add seven months of life on average
  • People with a mutation that increased levels of bad cholesterol knocked eight months off life expectancy
  • A rare mutation in a gene – APOE – linked to dementia reduced lifespans by 11 months
  • And one that made smoking more appealing cut lives by five months

Source: DNA study provides insight into how to live longer – BBC News

Homeless women see hope moving into city-sanctioned campsite – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego opened its first city-sanctioned homeless camp on Monday in a public works yard near Balboa Park.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the opening of the site last week in response to a hepatitis A outbreak that has disproportionately affecting the homeless, leaving 17 dead and hundreds hospitalized.

Source: Homeless women see hope moving into city-sanctioned campsite – The San Diego Union-Tribune