November 15, 2007
Death rates for 13 diseases that can be prevented by childhood vaccinations are at all-time lows in the United States, according to a study released this week. The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first time that the agency has searched historical records going back to 1900 to compile estimates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths for all the diseases children are routinely vaccinated against.
July 26, 2007
Looking for something different to do on your 39th birthday? How about having a total stranger executed by impalement during the party? What? Too macabre? Maybe you just need to develop a French sense of humor, the kind Emmanuel Chabrier had when he wrote his comic opera L'etoile in 1877. Yes, the prospect of a tortuous demise serves as a plot-driving device in this work. And one of the score's best numbers includes a description of just how the king's ordinary-looking armchair can, with the turn of a handle, provide the unsuspecting sitter with, um, a sticky experience.
May 23, 2006
Rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis in Baltimore all fell in 2005, Health Department officials said yesterday. The decline extends long-term trends that began with stepped-up efforts in the 1990s to reduce rates of sexually transmitted disease in the city, which were then the worst in the nation. Since 1995, gonorrhea rates in the city have fallen 45 percent, from more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 population to 547 cases per 100,000, according to the Baltimore Health Department.
November 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Men undertaking risky homosexual activity are fueling a sharp increase in the incidence of syphilis and a smaller but concerning rise in gonorrhea resistant to commonly used antibiotics, federal researchers said yesterday. Those increases come at a time when venereal disease rates among historically important risk groups, especially women and minorities, have been declining, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. San Francisco, as in previous years, had the highest incidence of syphilis, with a rate of 45.9 cases per 100,000 people.
October 8, 2005
"I'm going out with a new friend from D.C. We'll start at a funky new spot - Busboys and Poets Coffee Bookstore on 14th Street. After a caffeine fix and some intellectual vitamins, we'll head to the Tuskegee exhibit at Morgan State, and end up taping a segment for a TV show pilot in downtown Baltimore." Philip Merrill, antiques appraiser and owner, Nanny Jack & Co. (Beyond Legacy: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, noon to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University.
December 2, 2004
The number of newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS cases among gay and bisexual men grew 11 percent in the four-year period ending last year, raising fears of a new outbreak of the disease in a group experts say has become increasingly casual about taking protective measures. The increase was offset somewhat by a decline in new cases among intravenous drug users, so the overall rate increased by 1 percent over the same period, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released yesterday on World AIDS Day. The CDC estimates that about 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year in the United States, and that between 850,000 and 950,000 Americans are living with the disease, with about 280,000 not knowing they are infected, said Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri, deputy director of the CDC's HIV prevention program.