Florida health officials have confirmed the state's first swine flu death.
The Florida Department of Health said Tuesday the victim was a 9-year-old Miami-Dade County boy. No other information was released. State health officials say Florida currently has 417 confirmed cases of the swine flu virus, including 143 in Miami-Dade County.
As of Friday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there had been 17,855 confirmed swine flu cases nationwide, including 45 deaths in 15 other states. New York, with 13 deaths, has the most.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told The Associated Press on Tuesday that schoolchildren may be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.