Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flawed Food Inspections Are Putting You at Risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control, food-borne illnesses sicken more than 15% of Americans every year, causing approximately 3,000 deaths and 128,000 hospitalizations -- and the numbers are getting worse. But how are these tainted foods getting past our food inspectors? You won't like the answer.

Court Strikes Down Graphic Warnings for Cigarettes

A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a law that requires tobacco companies to use graphic health warnings, such as of a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his throat. The ruling sets up the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the dispute.

Economic Pain Is Keeping Us Away from the Dentist

When times get tough, teeth just aren't on the top of the "take care of this now" list. And that's nothing to smile about. About half of Americans lack dental insurance, and 77% of those have postponed seeing a dentist because of the cost -- a choice that can have serious long-term health consequences.

Days and Dollars Lost to the Flu Hit a Fever Pitch

Tallying up the flu's effect on our economy is enough to make you sick. Influenza was responsible for 100 million lost work days in 2010, according to a Walgreens study. That's $7 billion in lost wages, and $10 billion in lost productivity. Inspired to get vaccinated this year? We'll point you to the best deal.

Japan Finds No Link Between Vaccines and Child Deaths

Japan's health ministry says it's continuing its suspension of pediatric vaccines made by Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis, despite finding no direct link between the vaccines and the deaths of four children. Both drugmakers are cooperating with the government and expect to be cleared.

As Diabetes Explodes, Big Pharma Is Gearing Up

Diabetes is a growing global scourge, but for Big Pharma it's more of a lifesaver. As the number of people with diabetes and prediabetes explodes, drugmakers are cranking up their research efforts. After all, many existing drugs will soon be losing their patents, and diabetes could be a $55 billion market by 2019.

The Autism Vaccine Fraud's High Cost to Society

The 1998 study linking the MMR vaccine to autism has been utterly debunked. So 13 years later, how many lives have been lost and how much money has been wasted treating the preventable illnesses that fear-mongering led to? Here are some answers.

Is the Next Lyme Disease Emerging in China?

Reports that a tick-borne disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis has claimed 18 lives in China's central Henan province is raising concerns. Already found in the U.S., could anaplasmosis become another fairly widespread scourge?

A New 'Superbug' Emerges in India

Scientists say NDM-1, a new superbug from India that makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics, could spread around the world, aided in part by medical tourism. Meanwhile, MRSA infections, which are antibiotic resistant, have fallen in the U.S.

GSK Finds Potential Weapon Against 'Superbugs'

Drug-resistant bacteria has become a pressing public health problem, exacting a rising human and financial toll. GlaxoSmithKline announced that it has found a compound that could help attack such "superbugs".