Sunday, March 3, 2013
A CDC report shows Georgia ranked at Nos. 3, 6 and 7 for reported cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, respectively.
The Peach State isn't so peachy when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases — a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the state is among the highest ranked for reported STD cases. The report, "Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011," presents statistics and trends across the US through 2011. The overview summarizes national surveillance data for 2011 on the three notifiable diseases for which there are federally funded control programs — chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Georgia ranked No. 3 for reported cases of syphilis, behind Louisiana at No. 1 and Maryland at No. 2. The state was at No. 6 for reported cases of gonorrhea and No. 7 for chlamydia.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding lovers to proceed with caution and practice safe sex.
Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States — and the CDC says Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that causes the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea, has become resistant to many forms of antibiotics since the 1930s. According to an ABC News report, the bacteria continues to trouble disease experts as it morphs into strains that scientists call “multidrug-resistant gonorrhea.” Check out the CDC's page dedicated to pregnancy, HIV, viral Hepatitis and STD prevention.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A recent report indicates the vaccinations provide only "modest" protection.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
It's flu shot season and public health officials urge everyone over 6 months old to get one. But just how effective are influenza vaccinations in preventing the flu? According to a report in The New York Times the heavily tauted flu shots that we are encouraged to get each year may not be all that effective. Last month a report released by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota indicated that the influenza vaccinations "provide only modest protection for healthy young and middle-age adults, and little if any protection for those 65 and older." Still CDC officials report that studies indicate that "elderly people who get flu shots are less likely to die of any cause than elderly people who do …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The price is much higher than individual pain and suffering.
The local, late-evening news seems to have become the history channel of violence. Regardless of the state, violence is a central theme that appears to be increasing nationally, especially the past few years. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that homicide was the third-leading cause of death in children ages 10 to 14. It was the second-leading cause of death in children ages 15 to 19. About 5,764 people ages 10 to 24 are murdered each year. That number translates to about 16 young people killed per day. Not only does violence end human lives, but it also affects health care costs, decreases property values and disrupts social services. I am not including suicide information, even though it is a form of …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Chlamydia Trachomatis is among the most commonly reported STD in teenagers. Learn more about this STD and its impact on youth.
The problem with adolescents is that they feel immune to these types of health concerns. What further complicates the STD drama is access to healthcare and cultural influences. The invincibility and denial translates into many an undiagnosed condition until the illness is no longer avoidable. Luckily, sex education is taught in Cobb County schools and sexually transmitted disease is part of the curriculum. In the case of Chlamydia Trachomatis aka Chlamydia, this sexually transmitted disease (STD), if left untreated, can cause a host of problems for the infected individual, their sex partner(s) and possibly their children. Here are some facts according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Unfortunately, screening for …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Tips for staying healthy and safe in the summer heat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. More people in this country died from extreme heat during that period than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. When the human body cannot properly cool, people suffer heat-related illness. The body normally cools by sweating. But in extreme heat, sweating isn't enough. A person's body temperature rises rapidly and can damage the brain or other vital organs. The CDC lists the following as factors that affect the body's ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather: when the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from …