Any time there is an outbreak of an infectious disease, the public wants to know how common it is and its risk of contracting it. When covering breaking cases, journalists should provide context by including information on historical incidence and trends.
Here are some resources for infectious diseases exclusively within the United States. Continue reading
Registered dietician, syndicated radio host and self-described “investigative nutritionist” Melinda Hemmelgarn has given a lot of thought lately to dental care and oral health. A recent episode of her public radio show, Food Sleuth, features an interview with Jane Grover, a dentist and director of the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.
In the interview, Hemmelgarn and Grover also discussed useful tips for maintaining oral health including good brushing habits and the foods that are more harmful to teeth. Continue reading
Photo: CDC/ James Gathany
One year it was MERS. Last year it was Ebola. This year it’s Zika. Every winter it’s influenza.
Covering current and emerging infectious diseases is a mainstay of the health news beat because it touches every part of health care reporting, from policy to emergency preparedness to research to environmental health to hospitals to poverty and other social determinants and disparities. Continue reading
The Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight of the House Science & Technology Committee is having a hearing on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry this morning. A recent investigation found that the agency “often obscures or overlooks potential health hazards,” according to The Associated Press.
The subcommittee released a staff report on the agency and witness statements and other documentation are available. The hearing is being webcast – look for the link on the right side of the page
The agenda and list of witnesses:
ATSDR: Problems in the Past, Potential for the Future?
- Mr. Jeffrey Camplin, President, Camplin Environmental Services, Inc.
- Dr. Ronald Hoffman, Professor, Tisch Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Professor Randall Parrish, Head, NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, British Geological Survey
- Mr. Salvador Mier, Local Resident, Midlothian, Texas, and Former Director of Prevention, Center for Disease Control
- Dr. Henry S. Cole, President, Henry S. Cole & Associates, Inc.
- Dr. David Ozonoff, Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
- Mr. Ronnie Wilson, Former Ombudsman, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- Dr. Howard Frumkin, Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry