Monthly Archives: September 2012

Whooping cough is rising at an alarming rate in the U.S.

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The country appears to be headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may be a result of the ineffectiveness of the vaccine.

Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far — more than twice the number seen at this point last year, stated the Centers for Disease Control.

The number for the entire year will be the highest since 1959, when 40,000 illnesses were reported. Nine children have died, and health officials called on adults — especially pregnant women and those who spend time around children — to get a booster shot as soon as possible.

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West Nile Virus prevention

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With West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. Avoiding ares where mosquito live and breed altogether reduces your risk of getting the disease. Something to remember: The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite remains low.

The risk of severe illness and death becomes higher for people over 50, although people of all ages can become ill. Read more about mosquito bite prevention.

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Tobacco sales to minors lowest in history

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According to the latest analysis on the Synar Amendment program – a federal and state partnership geared towards ceasing tobacco sales to those under 18 – all the states and the District of Columbia have continued to reach their targets of limiting sales of tobacco to minors.

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Urban kids more likely to have food allergies than rural ones

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Children living in more populated urban have a much higher prevalence of food allergies than those living in rural areas, according to a new study. This is the first study to track children’s food allergies by geographical location in the United States. In particular, kids in large cities are more than twice as likely to have peanut and shellfish allergies compared to kids living in rural areas.

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