Stories by Mike Stobbe

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Report: Teen use of morning-after pill is climbing

More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it's easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive.
By Mike Stobbe

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

CDC scientist was mum for a month about flu virus accident

NEW YORK - A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal ...
By Mike Stobbe

Saturday, July 19, 2014

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in US over decade

NEW YORK - The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic might be slowing ...
By Mike Stobbe

Monday, July 7, 2014

4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only

ATLANTA - More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows.
By Mike Stobbe

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Child cancer up, but deaths down

ATLANTA - In its most comprehensive look at the cancers that most commonly affect youths, the American Cancer Society said in a report Friday that childhood cases continues to increase, but death ...
By Mike Stobbe

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

ATLANTA - Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials.
By Mike Stobbe

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Study: whooping cough shot curbs illness, not spread

ATLANTA - A government study suggests that while the vaccine may keep people from getting sick, it doesn't prevent them from spreading whooping cough to others.
By Mike Stobbe

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Project aims to tame flood of hospital ICU data

Some say projects such as the one at Emory University Hospital demonstrate that predictive medicine is becoming a reality. Others caution: Not so fast.
By Mike Stobbe

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

High-dose flu shots aid seniors, study says

ATLANTA - A new high-dose flu vaccine for seniors works better than the standard shot in that age group, according to a long-awaited study by the vaccine's manufacturer.
By Mike Stobbe

Study finds flavored cigars appeal to kids

ATLANTA - Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use.
By Mike Stobbe

Thursday, March 28, 2013

New ads exhort smokers to quit

NEW YORK - Govern­ment health officials launched the second round of a graphic ad campaign Thursday that is designed to get smokers off tobacco, saying they believe the last effort persuaded tens ...
By Mike Stobbe

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

CDC: 1 in 24 drivers nod off

This could give you nightmares: 1 in 24 U.S. adults say they recently fell asleep while driving.
By Mike Stobbe

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Whooping cough cases spike

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says petussis is rising at alarming rate in the U.S., perhaps making this the worst year since 1959.
By Mike Stobbe

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Teen drivers often text

ATLANTA - More than half of high school seniors admitted in a government survey that they've texted while driving.
By Mike Stobbe

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flesh-eating germ is rare

ATLANTA — Flesh-eating bacteria cases occur about 750 times a year, but Aimee Copleand's is especially rare.
By Mike Stobbe

Thursday, April 19, 2012

US measles cases up sharply in 2011

There were 222 cases of measles, a large jump from the 60 or so seen in a typical year. Most of the cases last year were imported - either by foreign visitors or by U.S. residents who picked up ...
By Mike Stobbe

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011

Soldiers' children can be prone to violence

ATLANTA - A new study suggests that when parents are deployed in the military, their children are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang or be involved in fights.
By Mike Stobbe

Friday, July 22, 2011

Man survives deadly epidemic

In May, John Meyer stayed at a hotel in Hamburg, Germany. He attended a conference, he went sailing and he became a victim in one of the worst food poisoning outbreaks in recent history.
By Mike Stobbe

Thursday, June 16, 2011

1 in 4 high schoolers drink soda daily

ATLANTA — A new study shows one in four high school students drink soda every day.
By Mike Stobbe

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

US food poisoning increases

ATLANTA — Health officials say more Americans got food poisoning last year, primarily because of salmonella.
By Mike Stobbe
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