Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Homepage: http://www.cdc.gov/
June 2002: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. CDC, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services." http://www.cdc.gov/aboutcdc.htm
June 2011: '“No blood lead level has been found to be safe for a child,” Dr. Mary Jean Brown, chief of the lead poisoning prevention branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview last week.'http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/world/asia/15lead.html
May 2010: "Many laboratories in both the public and private sectors adhere to practices in a safety manual published jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Employees of government biolabs and others that receive federal research grants for genetic engineering are covered in part by stricter guidelines from the National Institutes of Health, and some companies voluntarily follow those guidelines. But other private industry workers are dependent on OSHA."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/business/28hazard.html
August 2009: "The new information was uncovered by a House subcommittee investigating the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's performance and has raised congressional concern about whether the agency properly alerted District residents to a health risk from unprecedented levels of lead in the water."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/03/AR2009080303003.html
July 2009: 'Indeed, the federal Centers for Disease Control makes it clear on its Web site: there is no medical proof yet that routine screening for lung, ovarian, prostate and skin cancer reduces deaths from those cancers.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/health/17screening.html
May 2009: 'Almost two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year alone, the weight of the average adult increased in 37 states, says health advocacy nonprofit Trust for America's Health. And nutritionists are profiting: "About 95 percent of my clients come to me because they're overweight," says Forberg.'http://feeds.smartmoney.com/~r/smartmoney/headlines/~3/RzIuhHO8S9o/
March 2009: "But in December, Merck asked the FDA to approve the [Gardasil-- Ed.] vaccine for males ages 9 to 26, and in February it presented the results of a large study that tested the vaccine in men to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, in the hopes of winning the panel's endorsement. The committee's recommendations influence which vaccines schools require and whether private insurance companies and state programs will pay."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/25/AR2009032503682.html
August 2008: "The Centers for Disease Control asks health care centers to report side effects through its Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System; reporting is voluntary. There have been 9,749 reports, almost all from doctors and nurses, of patients experiencing adverse events after receiving the vaccine, the agency announced in a joint report with the Food and Drug Administration at the end of June. Ninety-four percent of them were not serious, ranging from arm pain to fainting, and 6 percent were classified as serious, including blood clots, paralysis and at least 20 deaths."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/health/policy/20vaccine.html
May 2008: "Health care workers at a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic linked to more than 80 cases of hepatitis C routinely mishandled injection equipment and medication vials and often failed to perform basic hand hygiene, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/17/us/17clinic.html
May 2008: '“I think we can say definitively that menthol induces smoking in the African-American community and subsequently serves as a direct link to African-American death and disease,” said the former official, Robert G. Robinson, who retired two years ago as an associate director in the office of smoking and health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/business/13menthol.html
January 2008: "...University of California at San Francisco announced that gay men were “many times more likely than others” to acquire a new strain of drug-resistant staphylococcus, a nasty, fast-spreading and potential lethal bacteria known as MRSA USA300....the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which helped finance the study, affirmed on Wednesday that the disease was not sexually transmitted or limited to a certain type of person."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/us/20castro.html
November 2007: I'm calling for prudence and prevention, not panic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Working Group have confirmed that American children are being born with dozens of chemicals in their bodies that did not exist just two decades earlier, including toxic flame retardants from fabrics. A new study by Barbara Cohn and other scientists at the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, Calif., finds that girls exposed to elevated levels of the pesticide DDT before age 14 are five times more likely to develop breast cancer when they reach middle age.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/02/AR2007110201648.html
October 2007: Others in the coalition, including the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the federal Health Resources Services Administration as well as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the March of Dimes, also disavowed the findings [that women of childbearing age should eat at least 12 ounces of seafood each week--Ed.].http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/dining/17fish.html
October 2007: For years many scientists and physicians from EPA and the National Centers for Disease Control were largely ignored by agency chiefs when they argued that that the 1 percent threshold was just an arbitrary number that industry supported.http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/334357_asbestos05.html
July 2007: The research, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that ingestion of radioactive materials—primarily from irradiated rainwater and goat’s milk—might have been a substantial contributor to public radiation exposure that was largely not accounted for.http://www.fairness.com/rss-reader/read?item_id=531849&channel_id=177969
June 2007: It was this status that was sought by the former Rocky Flats workers. But after more than two years of hearings and debate, the panel — the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — decided on a vote of 6 to 4 Tuesday that the occupational safety scientists could accurately determine dose exposure for almost all of the plant’s former workers.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/13/washington/13rockyflats.html
June 2007: Scientific advocates for the vaccine-autism theory, such as the father-and-son team of Mark and David Geier of Silver Spring, say fears about damaging public health programs have prompted scientists and the government to hide evidence of a problem. Many of the families believe that the medical establishment and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have conspired in a massive coverup.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/09/AR2007060901344.html
June 2007: Among other things, the CDC wants easy access to flight manifests during a health emergency to make it possible to reach people who may have been exposed to disease on planes more quickly.http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/121285283/quarantine_law
April 2007: Until February of this year. That's when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the FDA of a spike in salmonella cases in states near the ConAgra plant. The agencies contacted the company, which initiated a recall and shut the plant for upgrades.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/22/AR2007042201551.html
January 2005: The Education Department contract, first reported yesterday by USA Today, increased criticism of the administration's aggressive approach to news management. The department already has paid Ketchum $700,000 to rate journalists on how positively or negatively they report on No Child Left Behind, and to produce a video release on the law that was used by some television stations as if it were real news. Other government agencies -- including the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- also have distributed such prepackaged videos, a practice that congressional auditors have described as illegal in some cases.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56330-2005Jan7.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Financial Supporter of (past or present) Center for Law and the Public's Health Organization Jan 11, 2006 Cooperation (past or present) Centers for Law and the Public's Health Organization Feb 28, 2010 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Organization Mar 5, 2004 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) Organization Jan 30, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Organization May 18, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Organization Jan 8, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Organization Mar 22, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. Julie Gerberding Person Advised by (past or present) Prof. Lawrence O. Gostin Esq. Person Jul 3, 2007
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 19, 2011 Antibacterial Chemical Raises Safety Issues
QUOTE: a battle over the active ingredient in Dial Complete and many other antibacterial soaps, a chemical known as triclosan...Several studies have shown that triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance...F.D.A. has already said that soap with triclosan is no more effective than washing with ordinary soap and water, a finding that manufacturers dispute.
New York Times Jun 15, 2011 Lead Poisoning in China: The Hidden Scourge
QUOTE: thousands of workers, villagers and children in at least 9 of mainland China’s 31 province-level regions have been found to be suffering from toxic levels of lead exposure, mostly caused by pollution from battery factories and metal smelters. The cases underscore a pattern of government neglect seen in industry after industry as China strives for headlong growth with only embryonic safeguards.
New York Times Apr 21, 2011 CDC: 26 states have enacted smoking bans; South, and parts of West, lag
QUOTE: Seven states — Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming — have no laws banning smoking in private workplaces, restaurants and bars. That leaves about 88 million nonsmokers in the United States still exposed to secondhand smoke, the CDC said.
Washington Post Apr 14, 2011 Should teens make circumcision decision?
QUOTE: "Why not wait to do the procedure until a time when it has an impact and when the person you're doing it to can give consent…” Babies receive no stitches, and get either no anesthetic or a local anesthetic, depending on who's doing the procedure.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 12, 2011 Giving Doctors Orders
QUOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that health care workers, even doctors and nurses, have a “poor” record of obeying hand-washing rules… one out of every three people suffer a mistake during a hospital stay.
New York Times May 27, 2010 Safety Rules Can’t Keep Up With Biotech Industry
QUOTE: the estimated 232,000 employees in the nation’s most sophisticated biotechnology labs work amid imponderable hazards. And some critics say the modern biolab often has fewer federal safety regulations than a typical blue-collar factory.
New York Times Oct 10, 2009 The Gift of Life, and Its Price (21st Century Babies)
QUOTE: While IVF creates thousands of new families a year, an increasing number of the newborns are twins, and they carry special risks often overlooked in the desire to produce babies.
New York Times Oct 07, 2009 Swine flu vaccine: Is it ethical to say no?
QUOTE: Does Americans' right to determine what is best for themselves and their families trump the federal government's efforts to head off what it believes could be a flu pandemic?
Christian Science Monitor Sep 21, 2009 Reports Criticize Pandemic Planning: Flu Readiness Check Finds Gaps In Care, Coverage
QUOTE: Many state and local governments are not adequately prepared to deal with a surge of patients in a flu pandemic or quickly distribute vaccine and antiviral drugs...
Washington Post Sep 21, 2009 When Less Paperwork Means No Science: The Paperwork Reduction Act and Unintended Consequences for Public Health Research
QUOTE: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 has had the unintended effect of impeding research and evaluation in public health.
Science Progress Aug 31, 2009 Keeping genes out of terrorists' hands: Gene-synthesis industry at odds over how to screen DNA orders.
QUOTE: A standards war is brewing in the gene-synthesis industry. At stake is the way that the industry screens orders for hazardous toxins and genes
Nature Aug 25, 2009 In a flu pandemic, what can the government do to you? A report by the Centers for Disease Control, released Tuesday, raises concern about Washington’s potential response to the H1N1 virus.
QUOTE: Since 9/11, pandemic planning has taken a more authoritarian tone that harks back to the pre-vaccine days of forced quarantines during outbreaks, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report...
Christian Science Monitor Aug 23, 2009 Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk
QUOTE: Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V....
New York Times Aug 20, 2009 Flu shot guidelines criticized: Mathematical model suggests that US experts got their priorities wrong.
QUOTE: The US policy for which groups should be the first to receive influenza vaccines is not the most effective strategy to limit the spread of swine flu, according to a paper published online today in Science.
Nature Aug 19, 2009 Report: HPV vaccine may be going to the wrong women
QUOTE: some doctors now question whether the [HPV] vaccine has been overpromoted to affluent women who need it least instead of patients most at risk of dying from the disease.
USA TODAY Aug 18, 2009 Cellphones problematic for 911
QUOTE: r the millions of Americans giving up their land lines in favor of cellphones, dialing 911 may no longer mean a quick response. It can lead to misrouted calls, delayed information about the location of the caller and, most important, a slower emergency response.
USA TODAY Aug 04, 2009 More D.C. Kids Had Elevated Lead Than Stated
QUOTE: More than twice as many D.C. children as previously reported by federal and local health officials had high levels of lead in their blood amid the city's drinking water crisis, according to congressional investigators, throwing into doubt assurances by those officials that the lead in tap water did not seriously harm city children.
Washington Post Jul 30, 2009 The Huffington Post is crazy about your health: Why bogus treatments and crackpot medical theories dominate "The Internet Newspaper" (Vital Signs)
QUOTE: Practically since its inception in 2005, the [Huffington] Post's health coverage has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism from physicians and medical experts.
Salon Jul 30, 2009 Does your child need ADHD drugs? (Empowered Patient)
QUOTE: Does my child really need drugs for ADHD, and if so, is there a point when he or she should stop taking them?...Because drug companies tend to give samples for only the most expensive drugs, once the samples run out, you'll end up paying more than if your child had been prescribed a generic drug.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 20, 2009 S.C. case looks on child obesity as child abuse. But is it?
QUOTE: With childhood obesity on the rise across the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [Jerri] Gray's attorney says it could open the door to more criminal action against parents whose children have become dangerously overweight.
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