Washington, DC - It’s been an unprecedented year for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as America’s public health agency continues its emergency response to the most complex Ebola epidemic in history. Ebola, however, is far from the only critical mission CDC undertook in 2014.

Washington, DC - The first-ever report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco finds that more than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use these harmful products. The report, Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective, is being released today by the CDC and the National Cancer Institute at the National Conference on Smoking or Health in Mumbai, India. Thirty-two leading experts from around the world contributed to the report.

Carson City, Nevada - The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health is launching SoberMomsHealthyBabies.org to increase awareness of the many risks associated with substance use in pregnancy. 

Scottsdale, Arizona - Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle, usually starting in your heart's main pumping chamber (left ventricle). The ventricle stretches and thins (dilates) and can't pump blood as well as a healthy heart can. The term "cardiomyopathy" is a general term that refers to the abnormality of the heart muscle itself.

 

Carson City, Nevada - As of the last week in November of 2014, a large increase of influenza (flu) has occurred in Churchill County.  According to the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Churchill County has experienced 61 cases of influenza in this flu season, almost all occurring within a two week period.  Churchill County has not experienced such a large influx of influenza cases in such a short period of time since 2009.

Washington, DC - Wide-ranging National Institutes of Health grants announced today will develop new strategies to analyze and leverage the explosion of increasingly complex biomedical data sets, often referred to as Big Data. These NIH multi-institute awards constitute an initial investment of nearly $32 million in fiscal year 2014 by NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which is projected to have a total investment of nearly $656 million through 2020, pending available funds.

Rochester, Minnesota - The October issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter provides an overview of the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX), a simple questionnaire to estimate the risk of bone fracture over the next 10 years.

Rochester, Minnesota - When measuring blood pressure, both numbers are important to your overall health. If your systolic blood pressure is high, even if your diastolic number is normal, it could raise your risk for a variety of health concerns. The situation does need to be addressed. Blood pressure medication can be helpful. In some cases, though, lifestyle changes may be the only treatment necessary to lower systolic blood pressure to a healthier level.

Scottsdale, Arizona - Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both usually involve severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications.

Rochester, Minnesota - Research has proven mammograms can detect breast cancer early, when it’s still curable, but they aren't perfect tests.  For instance, some women who have mammograms are called back for additional testing because the images aren’t completely clear, especially in dense breast tissue. Ongoing research is discovering a variety of other tools for detection and one new technology, called tomosynthesis, is helping doctors see more clearly into breast tissue.