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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Thomas R. Frieden
Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one.
Teens and young adults now account for more than a quarter of the new cases of HIV identified in the United States annually, and a clear majority of those cases involve young gay or bisexual men, the federal government said in a major new survey Tuesday.
A new government report shows fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and those who light up are smoking fewer cigarettes daily — but the trend is weaker than the government had hoped.
An estimated 50,000 HIV cases are diagnosed each year in America, indicating that the infection rate for the deadly disease is relatively stable — although at an unacceptably high level, public health officials said Wednesday.
The Puritans held that reminders of mortality had an edifying effect on the living, which is why they sometimes would illustrate even literature for young children with drawings of death's-heads and skeletons. Something of the same spirit seems to animate our ever-advancing movement for mandatory public health. The Food and Drug Administration has just floated the idea of requiring cigarette packs to carry rotating pictures that would include corpses - yes, actual corpses - as well as close-ups of grotesque medical disorders that can afflict smokers.
"It looks like it's shaping up to be a bad flu season, but only time will tell," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The good news is that the nation seems fairly well-prepared, Dr. Frieden said.