CDC Confirms Possible First Instance of COVID-19 Community Transmission in California

CDC Confirms Possible First Instance of COVID-19 Community Transmission in California

Sacramento, CA…The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today confirmed a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public. The individual is a resident of Solano County and is receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close […]

World Health Organization News Conference on Coronavirus Outbreak

World Health Organization News Conference on Coronavirus Outbreak

Geneva, Switzerland….(CNBC)..World Health Organization officials hold a news conference to update the public on the new coronavirus outbreak. As of Friday, more than 31,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in over two dozen countries, resulting in at least 636 deaths almost exclusively in China. The WHO declared the virus a global health emergency last […]

Coronavirus Update & Press Briefing from HHS

Coronavirus Update & Press Briefing from HHS

Washington, DC…We’ve been monitoring this virus and preparing a response since back in December, but it’s more than that. Preparing for these kinds of outbreaks is part of daily life at HHS and for America’s public health professionals. Preparedness is a day job around here. We are constantly making investments, training personnel at all levels, […]

Largest Cancer Death Rates Drops Ever in Latest Numbers

Largest Cancer Death Rates Drops Ever in Latest Numbers

Atlanta, GA…The death rate from cancer in the US declined by 29% from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded, according to annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society. The decline in deaths from lung cancer drove the record drop. Deaths fell from about 3% […]

Youth Vaping Epidemic Listening Session at White House

Youth Vaping Epidemic Listening Session at White House

Washington, DC…I’m Dr. Sally Goza. I’m a pediatrician from Fayetteville, Georgia. And I’m President-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And thank you so much. The children are counting on us. THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you very much. MR. BUTLER: Hi, I’m Christopher Butler. I’m Executive Director of Americans for Tax Reform. Thank you so […]

Newly Published Research Points to Gum Disease as Potential Alzheimer’s Cause

Newly Published Research Points to Gum Disease as Potential Alzheimer’s Cause

South San Francisco CA…Cortexyme, Inc., the privately held, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other degenerative disorders, has announced publication of a foundational paper supporting its approach in Science Advances, a top-ranked multidisciplinary journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In the […]

Sickness Unto Death: An American Dilemma. Part One ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Sickness Unto Death:  An American Dilemma.  Part One  ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Murphys, CA…Introduction: The United States is alone among industrialized nations in using wealth as a gatekeeper for access to health care. The wealthier you are, the more and better health care you get. The national debate that is now taking place focuses on whether every individual, irrespective of their income, should have access to great […]

Study Paints Somber Picture of U.S. Mental Health Status and Access to Care

Study Paints Somber Picture of U.S. Mental Health Status and Access to Care

New York, NY…More Americans than ever before suffer from serious psychological distress, and the country’s ability to meet the growing demand for mental health services is rapidly eroding.  Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center analyzed a federal health information database and concluded that 3.4 percent of the U.S. population (more than 8.3 million) adult Americans […]

Researchers Find Frog Slime Kills Flu Virus

Researchers Find Frog Slime Kills Flu Virus

Atlanta, GA…A component of the skin mucus secreted by South Indian frogs can kill the H1 variety of influenza viruses, researchers from Emory Vaccine Center and the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology in India have discovered. Frogs’ skins were known to secrete peptides that defend them against bacteria. The finding, published Tuesday in Immunity, suggests […]