• RSV cases tick up slightly across US

    Cases of respiratory syncytial virus have been rising slowly in the U.S., according to CDC data published Oct. 5.
  • Ohio cancer center gets $20M to study tobacco for FDA

    Columbus-based Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center was awarded $20 million by the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science to gather evidence needed to inform the FDA's regulation of tobacco products.
  • US to phase out COVID vaccine cards

    The CDC has announced the agency will no longer distribute COVID-19 vaccination cards. 
  • New York City grapples to rein in rising tuberculosis cases

    New York City has already confirmed about 500 cases of active tuberculosis this year, and understaffed clinics have led to long waits for diagnosis and treatment, Politico reported Oct. 4.
  • CDC taps Verily for wastewater surveillance

    Verily, the healthcare unit of parent company Alphabet, has won its first CDC contract to support national wastewater monitoring, the company said Oct. 2. 
  • A flu lineage may have been eliminated: WHO

    There have been no confirmed detections of infections caused by a family of flu viruses known as Influenza B/Yamagata since March 2020, suggesting it may have been eliminated. Based on that, the World Health Organization recommends leaving it out of flu shot compositions for next year. 
  • COVID-19 metrics continue decline: 4 updates

    COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen for the second week after the U.S. noted a slight uptick every week since July, according to CDC data. 
  • HHS unveils $104M project to combat antibiotic resistance

    HHS is awarding up to $104 million to a project to combat the growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria, which account for nearly 3.8 million infections a year in the U.S. 
  • US adults more likely to get vaccinated for flu vs COVID this fall

    Despite the emergence of new variants and even after weeks of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations nationwide, 40 percent of Americans are not planning to get the new vaccine, according to survey data from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
  • COVID-19 admissions per age group

    The lowest COVID-19 hospitalization rates since the start of the pandemic were recorded in June, and since then, COVID-19 admissions have nearly doubled in the U.S.
  • How an RSV surge might strain US children's hospitals

    This fall will mark the first time vaccines are available to prevent the spread of respiratory syncytial virus. Uptake of those vaccines will be telling of how the virus affects hospital capacity, particularly in children's hospitals.
  • States with the best, worst childhood vaccination rates

    Routine vaccination rates for children in the U.S. continue to decline, according to data analyzed by the Center for American Progress. It is a situation that has worsened since COVID-19's onset. 
  • Arizona health officials warn about rising fungal infection risks

    The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a notice Sept. 26 warning clinicians and residents to be on the lookout for a fungi-caused infection known as Valley Fever. 
  • COVID-19 admissions dip: 5 updates

    New COVID-19 admissions were down slightly for the week ending Sept. 16, marking the first time since July weekly hospitalizations haven't increased.
  • A COVID-19 plateau could come with caveat, experts say

    In some parts of the nation, wastewater surveillance data suggests the COVID-19 uptick may have peaked. If cases do start to decline over the next few weeks, that doesn't mean the U.S. is in the clear this winter, however. 
  • 'Dramatically inaccurate': Women's health misinformation is rampant on TikTok

    Most TikTok videos on gynecological cancer contain misinformation that could be harmful to women's health, a recent study found. 
  • 22 states with highest obesity rates: New CDC data

    Twenty-two states have obesity rates at or above 35 percent, according to CDC estimates updated Sept. 21. 
  • CDC invests $263M to forecast infectious disease threats

    The CDC is dolling out $262.5 million over five years to research centers across the U.S. The goal? To develop a national network that can forecast infectious disease outbreaks, something akin to the National Weather Service, according to a Sept. 20 Boston Globe report. 
  • Warm water bacteria increased 8-fold in last 30 years

    As global temperatures warm, infection-causing bacteria that thrives in both saltwater and freshwater — like Vibrio vulnificus and Naegleria fowleri — are increasing too, and with it, so is the risk to humans, The New York Times reported Sept. 20. 
  • HHS expands care with $45M grant for long COVID-19 clinics

    HHS in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced it will allocate nine grant awards of $1 million each, for five years, to support long COVID clinics. 

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