1. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults ― United States, 2002
2. Immunization Registry Progress ― January-December, 2002
3. Wild Poliovirus Importations ― West and Central Africa, January 2003-March 2004
News: May 2004 Archives
1. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults ― United States, 2002
Thu May 27, 2004 11:23 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine ranging from prayer to herbs, a U.S. government survey showed on Thursday.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the survey of 31,000 U.S. adults, asking about 27 types of therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic, the use of herbs or botanical products, special diets, and megavitamin therapy.
About 36 percent of those surveyed said they had used one or more of those approaches. When prayer was considered, the number rose to 62 percent.
For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2004 Contact: CDC Media Relations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today implemented a new system for providing travelers with guidance about potential health hazards and the steps they can take to protect themselves when traveling abroad. The new system makes it easier for the public to understand what their risks may be during an emerging public health crisis and what they can do to protect themselves.
The “Centers for Disease Control” Pierre Decouflé Fellowship is awarded to an individual seeking a career in the health research field who will benefit from an applied epidemiologic and developmental disabilities research learning experience with CDC. The fellowship will also help to build CDC's long-term capacity to conduct applied studies in developmental disabilities. The fellowship is named for the late Dr. Pierre Decouflé.
Dr. Decouflé began his career in the area of developmental disabilities research at CDC in 1988. Prior to that, he spent 5 years in research with the Agent Orange Program at the National Center for Environmental Health and 12 years in statistical, epidemiologic, and leadership positions at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. During his long and prestigious career, Dr. Decouflé was also an associate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Arizona, a role he never quite relinquished and which infused his professional life through teaching, mentoring, advising, and assisting others in their professional development. This fellowship honors that spirit of both caring and professionalism that Dr. Decouflé exemplified in his life and his work.
Please Note: This fellowship closes on June 4, 2004. Applicants need to specify the Decoufle Fellowship on their application form. View Application and Selection Procedure for additional information.
Wed May 19, 2004 08:46 PM ET
By Joanne Kenen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to encourage drug and vaccine makers to find ways to counter a potentially devastating bioterror attack cleared the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
The $5.6 billion, 10-year Project BioShield, approved on a 99-0 vote, expands public sector and private research incentives and guarantees a market for treatments, antidotes and vaccines that otherwise may not find a commercial niche.
"We have to put the threat in context, and regrettably the context is serious," said New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, a lead sponsor of the bill and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 Posted: 8:55 AM EDT (1255 GMT)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Low-carbohydrate diets help people lose weight in the short term but work no better than other diets after a year, researchers reported on Monday.
Two studies of the popular diets that limit sugar and processed starches show they can work faster than some low-fat diets.
Both studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that after six months, the low-carb dieters lost more weight than the low-fat group.
But one of the studies showed that after 12 months, both groups had lost about the same amount of weight.
In one study, a team at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia followed 132 obese adults who were assigned randomly either to a low-carbohydrate diet with intake of less than 30 grams of carbs a day, or a low-calorie diet that kept fat intake at a moderate 30 percent of calories from fat.
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Simone A. French, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Tony Worsley, Ph.D.
More than a million people in Burundi are not receiving any medical treatment because they cannot afford it, says aid agency Medecins sans Frontieres.
The MSF report said a government move to get people to start paying for treatment, tests and drugs meant many now went without them altogether.
Burundi's impoverished government withdrew free health care to its 6.9 million citizens two years ago.
More than 10 years of civil war have left the country's economy in tatters.
The survey by MSF showed that, in a country where most people live on less than a dollar a day, many avoid seeking medical treatment until their illness becomes an emergency.
A further 20% surveyed said they do not seek treatment at all.