The obesity rate among 2- to 5-year- olds dropped by almost half in the U.S. over the past decade, according to a report suggesting a new wave of Americans may avoid the risks of heart disease and diabetes linked to being severely overweight.
The U.S. won commitments from 25 countries and the World Health Organization to work together on systems to better detect and combat outbreaks of infectious diseases such as H7N9 avian flu and Ebola virus.
A missing limb, a hole in the throat, and a bald, toothless woman with no larynx are among the images in an anti-smoking campaign that persuaded 1.6 million people to try to quit cigarettes, U.S. health officials said.
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.
Obesity rates among low-income preschool children fell in 19 U.S. states and territories in 2011, suggesting a decades-long rise in young children’s weight may be reversing, U.S. health officials said.
Backed by a U.S. campaign to slow abuse of prescription painkillers, drugmakers are devising new forms of the medicines that don’t lead to misuse and new products that treat dependency in a bid to change the face of a $9.4 billion market.
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.