Occupational transmission of Neisseria meningitidis - California, 2009
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Neisseria meningitidis is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis and sepsis. The case-fatality rate for meningococcal disease is 10 percent-14 percent; survivors can experience brain damage, hearing loss, limb loss, and learning disabilities. On Dec. 11, 2009, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) initiated an investigation of two secondary cases of meningococcal disease in a police officer and a respiratory therapist following occupational contact with an unconscious adult.
Chemicals' study pinpoints threat to workers' lungs
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Tiny particles used in a range of everyday products from computers to shampoo can adversely affect the lungs in very different ways, a study has shown. Research by the University of Edinburgh suggests that industrial manufacturers using nanoparticles should be aware of the risks that different types of nanoparticles pose to workers who handle them. More
CDC data: Adults remain unvaccinated against preventable infectious illnesses
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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that adults remain largely unvaccinated against preventable infectious illnesses. At a news conference convened today by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), experts in public health, infectious disease, oncology and other medical specialties discussed the data and the health consequences for adults who skip vaccines. They collectively called on all adults and health care providers to improve vaccination rates. More
Post-traumatic stress disorder linked to death, atherosclerosis in veterans
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more than doubles a veteran's risk of death from any cause and is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010. More
Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution and the risk of coronary heart disease hospitalization and mortality
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The purpose of this study is to identify specific traffic-related air pollutants that are associated with the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) morbidity and mortality to support evidence-based environmental policy making. More
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