Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    No, New York Is Not the Unhappiest City in America

    Last week the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper, "Unhappy Cities," that was a collaboration between Harvard professor Edward Glaeser, Vancouver School of Economics professor Joshua Gottlieb and Harvard doctoral student Oren Ziv. Researchers found that differences in a ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2013

    Meningitis Outbreak Accelerates in NYC Gay and Bi Communities

    Department of Health calls for 100,000 vaccinations as fatalities climb in 2013

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    When to Get Married? Breathing New Life Into the Old Debate

    The past week has been a big one for thinking and talking about marriage. At the same time as the nation has been gripped in the same-sex marriage debate, another conversation has been playing out on the sidelines--not about who people should marry, but when. The chatter started at the end of last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2013

    Obama's Modest Proposals Drive Rightbloggers Gun Crazy

    Last week President Obama, inspired by December's Newtown shootings, announced 23 executive actions, and proposed some legislation, to address gun violence. The actions are rather mild ("Require criminal background checks for all gun sales," "Nominate an ATF Director," etc.) and the legislation prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Rabies Kills 55,000 People Every Year, Which Is Ridiculous

    Today is World Rabies Day, and to celebrate we're going to hit you with a pretty alarming statistic: Rabies, a disease for which there has been a vaccine since 1885, kills 55,000 people every year.Granted, only two of those deaths happen in the United States, but that's still two too many, veterinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    New Jersey: Go For The Brown Water, Stay For The West Nile

    New Jersey is having a tough week on the PR front; in addition to the brown water coming out of the taps at Newark International Airport, there are now seven new cases of West Nile Virus, authorities confirmed today.The new reports puts the total number of cases of the virus in New Jersey at 22 in 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Oral Sex: How To Stay Safer

    Most Americans ages 15-24 -- some 66 percent -- have had oral sex, the Centers for Disease Control reports. But that's actually less than in the past. A reason young people have oral sex is because they don't want a kid, the CDC notes. However, a lot of young people also don't realize that oral sex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Hey, Ladies: Religious Groups Still Want To Control Your Vagina (And In Other News, Grass Is Green)

    Talk about timing! Shortly after Centers for Disease Control stats indicated that 37 percent of U.S. births are unintended, a Conservative Christian group is trying to block the White House Policy which makes insurers cover birth control, set to go into effect Aug. 1.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Zombie Apocalypse: Texas Man Eats Family Dog After Smoking Fake Weed

    Straight from the "what the fuck" files, we bring you the latest yarn from the ongoing Zombie Apocalypse. Today's installment comes from the great state of Texas, where police say a man ate the family dog after smoking synthetic marijuana.Go ahead and let that sink in for a minute.Michael Daniel, 22 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Drug Resistant Head Lice: Here's Something Else To Worry About!

    The good news: Drug resistant head lice will not eat your brain! The bad news: Drug resistant head lice might actually be a thing! An item posted today on the Greening the Apple, the Environmental Protection Agency's New York City blog, suggests that these nasty bugs have gotten better at doing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Rabble-Rousing Rubbers? Bed-Stuy Prom Condom Giveaway Causes Controversy

    Prophylactics often cause polemics. And this seems to be the case in Bed-Stuy, where a high school principal's decision to pass out condoms at prom has caused quite a bit of conversation. "This is necessary," Darryl Rascoe, Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School principal, told the Daily New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Bloomberg Backs Breastfeeding: Report

    In an article titled "Mike: Do What's Breast for Baby" (no, really), the

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Is America Addicted to Painkillers?

    And now for some sad-making stats as we near the end of the week. Recent Associated Press reports suggest that America is really drugged up on prescription opioids -- and New York is certainly no exception. Receipts for two most popular painkiller scripts -- oxycodone and hydrocodone -- boomed fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo's Synthetic Pot Ban Is Kind of Bullshit

    At long last, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rescued the Empire State from the evil clutches of synthetic marijuana which was a dire scourge upon society was only a problem for New Yorkers who voluntarily purchased it. (And how much of a problem is still kinda iffy.) Cuomo just ordered the N.Y. State Depar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2012

    Bad Boats: Cruise Ships See Outbreak Of Norovirus

    Cruise ships have never been something we've found appealing, personally. Really, there's something about being trapped in a large vessel on the open sea with a bunch of people we don't know that has always kind of freaked us out. The boats themselves haven't been doing a lot to prove us wrong recen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Congress Wants Your Kids To Be Fat

    ​In a heated congressional session Thursday, lawmakers continued to clash with the Obama administration over proposed changes that would make the school-lunch program healthier, arguing that low-income children have a right to eat shitty food and get sick from it.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Introducing 'Uptown Restaurant Month'; The 20 Worst Kids' Foods in America

    ​Jamawn Woods, the creator of Soul Daddy, which was the winning concept on America's Next Great Restaurant but failed miserably weeks after opening, plans to reopen in his hometown of Detroit. [Nation's Restaurant News] Tyson is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef after a family in ... More >>

  • Film

    September 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Chances Are, Your Brain Will Not Be Eaten by an Amoeba

    That font is terrifying.​This is worrisome. We have been reminded that a science-fiction horror-film-esque fear is actually a reality. Brain-eating amoebas exist, and they have killed three people this summer, including a boy in Virginia, a girl in Florida, and a man in Louisiana. Fortunately, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2011

    Today Is The 30th Anniversary of AIDS

    via​Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first formal report of the disease that came to be known as AIDS. The disease baffled doctors and public health officials when it first appeared; described in some places as a "gay cancer," the HIV virus took three years to be identified and much longer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    9/11 Responders Must Show They're Not Terrorists Before Receiving Benefits

    ​The new 9/11 health bill requires "tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake" to prove to the government that they're not terrorists before they can receive medical care, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Autism Via Vaccine Study is an 'Elaborate Fraud'

    Jenny McCarthy is wrong​A British study claiming that autism could be contracted from childhood vaccines, a cause championed most famously by actress Jenny McCarthy, has already been deemed a scientific mess full of errors, but a new report from a British medical journal contends that its inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2010

    Federal Government Finally Teaching Some Kids to Screw

    ​After ten years of funding sex education programs built on abstinence, the federal government is getting a little bit looser. A little bit! This year, "a five-year, $375 million grant is being divided among 28 programs that have been proven to lower the pregnancy rate among participants, no m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Morning Links: Hef Saves the Day, Goldman Faces Senate, Everyone Hates PowerPoint

    ​• Today is Ulysses S. Grant's 188th birthday. If you're so inclined, head up to Grant's Tomb for a 21-gun salute and ceremony. • Hugh Hefner gave $900,000 to save L.A.'s iconic Hollywood sign. Thank goodness, because how would anyone know where they were otherwise? "The Hollywood sign r ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 27, 2010

    Full Mental Jacket

    Mexicans are short, impervious to cold

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Beekeeping Law to Be Reviewed; More on the 99-Cent Pizza Craze

    ​Restaurants are still feeling the sting of the deep tomato freeze, which isn't likely to let up until at least mid-April. All winter, restaurateurs have been forced to find ways to use fewer tomatoes or find alternative sources. [Nation's Restaurant News] Michelle Obama is taking her fight a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2009

    Health alert issued for mumps outbreak in Brooklyn

    ​The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an alert (pdf) to healthcare providers in response to a record mumps outbreak in New York and New Jersey. The CDC traced the path of infection back to an asymptomatic 11-year-old boy who carried it from an epidemic in England to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2009

    Weekend student vaccination centers open

    ​As part of Mayor Bloomberg's H1N1 flu plan for NYC, the Board of Health has opened vaccination centers this weekend in all five boroughs for middle school and high school students. Elementary school students above four years of age are also eligible for the free shots. Fifty private compani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2009

    State backs down on mandatory H1N1 shots

    ​New York State is no longer requiring healthcare workers to take the H1N1 vaccine or risk firing, but only because they don't have enough of it.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2009

    NYS healthcare workers get a restraining order against mandatory flu shots

    ​The State Supreme Court granted a restraining order to a public employee's union on Friday blocking an emergency regulation mandating seasonal and H1N1 (swine) flu shots for nurses, doctors, aides, and non-medical personnel who have patient contact. The Public Employees Federation represents ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 1, 2009

    ¡Ask a Mexican! Wedding Bell Blues

    Mexican parents apply full-court pressure

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Rare 1 in 30 Million Yellow Lobster Found; McNugget Scam Uncovered

    Gebisa Ejeta, a scientist at the University of Purdue originally from Ethiopia, has been awarded the 2009 World Food Prize for his work on drought and weed-resistant varieties of sorghum. [VOA News] The most common source of food poisoning across the country in 2006 was chicken, followed by leafy v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Raccoon Roundworm PANIC! Two Seriously Injured in Brooklyn

    Swine flu hasn't killed anyone in New York yet -- but raccoon roundworm has left one teenager blind in one eye and brain-damaged an infant in Brooklyn. (The Daily News informs us "The disease had previously been incorrectly called Raccoon Ringworm.") This illness is transmitted by raccoon feces, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    City Health Big Says "Hundreds" of Swine Flu Cases; CDC Says 45. (UPDATE: 2nd School Closed; Brother Leonard Speaks!)

    You know how it is -- one kid gets swine flu, and the next thing you know everybody's got it. New York health commissioner Thomas Frieden says he now suspects "many hundreds" of swine flu cases in the city. CDC still says we have a total of 45, making 64 cases nationally, but they're just trying to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    CDC: New Yorkers' Sadness Only Mediocre

    The Centers for Disease Control did a phone survey which they say reveals the state-by-state sadness levels of citizens, and surprise, New York did not win, place, or show. Kentucky -- yes, the home of bourbon and jes' settin' on the porch -- is the winner, with a frequent mental distress (FMD) occ ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 29, 2008

    Straight Men Who Have Sex With Men

    Inside the secret world of the straight guise

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • People

    June 14, 2005

    The Irresistible Banality of Same-Sex Marriage

    How opponents of marriage for gays will be bored into submission

  • Columns

    September 21, 2004
  • News

    August 3, 2004

    Sex, Lies, Death

    The irresistible pull of the down-low myth—uh, story—hooks reporters and their readers

  • News

    April 6, 2004

    Syphilis Relapse

    Cases soar in the city

  • News

    March 9, 2004

    The Height of Disrespect

    New study on 'hip-hop' sexuality finds anti-woman strain—even among young women

  • News

    August 5, 2003

    Muffling the Left

    Watchdog Reveals Effort to Gag Anti-Bush Causes

  • News

    September 17, 2002

    Giving AIDS the Red Light

    Kolkata Sex Workers Earn Respect and Protection From Fighting Disease

  • News

    October 23, 2001

    FBI Leaves Stone Unturned

    Soviet Anthrax Expert in America: No One Asked Me

  • News

    July 4, 2000

    Debating the Obvious

    Inside the South African Government's Controversial AIDS Panel

  • News

    June 20, 2000

    Black, Gay, At-Risk

    Homophobia, Racism, and Rejection Fuel Rising Infections

  • Specials

    November 2, 1999
  • News

    March 9, 1999

    Bad Blood

    FDA Catches Brookdale Hospital in transfusion confusion

  • News

    December 22, 1998

    We're Saving Our Own Lives

    Black activists will confront killer diseases at upcoming AIDS forum in Harlem

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