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The CDC has reported a fourth human case of H5 bird flu in the U.S., linked to an outbreak in dairy cows, marking the first such case in Colorado. The infected individual, a dairy farm worker, exhibited only eye symptoms, received oseltamivir, and has recovered. Previous cases were in Texas and Michigan.   Despite the infection, the CDC assesses the risk to the general public as low b...
A recent study published in Environmental International has raised public health concerns after detecting toxic metals, including lead and arsenic, in tampons sold across the U.S. and Europe. Researchers found lead in all 30 tampons tested from 14 brands.   The analysis detected 16 metals, highlighting the need for regulatory testing by manufacturers. Further research is necessary to ...
A new study shows promising results for a new HIV prevention method involving twice-yearly injections of the drug lenacapavir. Conducted by Gilead Sciences in South Africa and Uganda, the PURPOSE 1 trial involved 5,300 women. Those who received the injections had no new HIV infections, while those on daily oral PrEP medications, Truvada or Descovy, had a 2% infection rate.   The Data ...
Using financial incentives (in addition to standard counseling and drug treatments) can help people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged to quit smoking, according to a randomized clinical trial. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, involved 320 participants who received standard counseling and pharmacotherapy, with half also receiving financial rewards for verified smoking abstinenc...
As we face a new, more transmissible COVID-19 variant in summer 2024, maintaining distance remains relevant despite its debated effectiveness. The CDC's original 6-foot guideline stemmed from 19th-century research showing bacteria could travel that far. However, more recent findings reveal smaller airborne aerosols can travel much farther, challenging the initial droplet transmission theory. ...
As we enjoy summer festivities, it's essential to prioritize food safety for the health of all. According to the CDC, proper handling and cooking of food can prevent foodborne illnesses. Always keep raw meats separate from ready-to-eat foods, use a food thermometer to ensure meats reach safe temperatures (at least 165°F for poultry), and refrigerate leftovers promptly. During a picnic or ev...
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy declared gun violence a public health crisis, highlighting the rising numbers of firearm injuries and deaths across the country. Murthy emphasized the need for safer communities where people can go about their daily lives without fear. He proposed measures including banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, implementing universal background ...
The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) is giving their website a makeover and need your help! PHCC wants their new website to reflect essential needs and preferences, providing public health communicators with the best tools and resources.   Your input will directly impact the changes they make, whether it's about the design, functionality, content, or anything else you ...
The latest CDC Learning Connection newsletter highlights crucial public health training updates. Lyme disease cases are increasing in the U.S.; the Lyme Disease Training Modules offer essential information on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, with free continuing education (CE) credits available. The Emergency Preparedness for Community Health Workers (CHWs) course emphasizes the importan...