HPV vaccines are saving countless lives – but we could do so much more

Newly published findings reveal that, since its introduction in 2006, the HPV vaccine has reduced HPV infection rates by a massive 56% among female teenagers 14-19 years of age. Is this impressive? Enormously. Is it enough? Not even close. » 6/24/13 12:40pm 6/24/13 12:40pm

The American Medical Association has declared obesity a disease

In a landmark decision that could have a dramatic impact on the lives of millions of Americans, the American Medical Association voted Tuesday to officially recognize obesity as a disease, drawing a clear distinction between what has long been regarded as a consequence of lifestyle and a medical illness. » 6/20/13 10:30am 6/20/13 10:30am

The CDC advises using Lady Gaga to survive an alien invasion

Contrary to what The Walking Dead would have you believe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention know a thing or two about how to respond in the event of a natural disaster. In the interest of promoting emergency preparedness, the CDC recently put together a list of iconic disaster movies, and how its… » 3/13/12 10:52am 3/13/12 10:52am

The CDC wants you to know that anal sex has gotten really popular…

The researchers at the United States Center for Disease Control track everything from possible pandemics to general health issues among Americans. And one of those "general health issues" turns out to be our sexual habits - for good reason, since this data can help epidemiologists track sexually transmitted diseases.… » 1/05/12 6:20am 1/05/12 6:20am

Should there be E. coli warnings on cookie dough packages?

Today I received the worst news a stay-at-home writer can get. There is a threat of Escherichia coli in our unbaked cookie dough. An investigation into a 2009 outbreak of E. coli turned up ready-to-bake cookie dough, eaten raw, as the culprit. And the CDC believes steps need to be taken to keep it from happening again. » 12/09/11 12:30pm 12/09/11 12:30pm

CDC Advisory Committee: All males starting at age 11 should receive…

In the wake of some of the most unfortunate politicization (and misrepresentation) of science and medicine in recent memory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted yesterday to recommend that boys and young men should be vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV). » 10/26/11 11:10am 10/26/11 11:10am

American Academy of Pediatrics: No, Michele Bachmann, the HPV vaccine…

If you've been following the Republican campaign race, then you're already familiar with the ongoing fracas between Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry over the latter's 2007 HPV vaccine mandate; and that Bachmann suggested yesterday that the vaccine can cause mental retardation. » 9/14/11 8:58am 9/14/11 8:58am

New Study of the Bizarre Disease Where Wires Grow in Your Skin

You've probably heard about Morgellons, the bizarre disease where people start out by feeling itchy all over and then suddenly discover brightly-colored, tiny wires growing out of their skin. For years doctors have treated the ailment as a psychological condition because its symptoms match a well-known mental illness… » 1/17/08 11:30am 1/17/08 11:30am