Mental illness in children costs $247 billion annually, a figure increasing along with the number of kids hospitalized for mood disorders, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, according to a U.S. report.
Only 51 percent of people in the U.S. who test positive for hepatitis C received the necessary follow- up to determine if they require medical care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
China’s government is pledging openness in divulging details of a deadly bird flu outbreak, saying it won’t repeat mistakes made during the SARS outbreak a decade ago that delayed response to the global contagion.
Hospitals in the U.S. are adding more beds and boosting staff to meet increasing admissions of patients stricken by the influenza outbreak that prompted Boston to declare a health emergency in the city.
The number of new HIV infections has surged among young, black homosexual males even as the overall spread of the virus that causes AIDS stabilized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The coming influenza season is shaping up to be a normal one, after the swine flu strain that swept the globe last year faded into a typical mix of circulating strains, U.S. health officials said today.