Epi Collaborations Examine Links Between Racism and Mental Illness

In the Columbia Mailman Psychiatric Epidemiology Training (PET) Program, fellows receive five years of funding and an invitation to think slowly and deeply about high-stakes issues in the field. During the program’s weekly seminar, faculty offer further food for thought.

An Oregon resident was diagnosed with the plague. Here are a few things to know about the illness

Officials in central Oregon this week reported a case of bubonic plague in a resident who likely got the disease from a sick pet cat. The infected resident and the resident’s close contacts have all been provided medication, public health officials say, and people in the community are not believed to be at risk. The cat was also treated but did not survive.

Newest COVID shots are 54% effective in preventing symptoms, CDC finds

The latest versions of COVID-19 vaccines were 54% effective at preventing symptomatic infection in adults, according to the first U.S. study to assess how well the shots work.

Flu hangs on in US, fading in some areas and intensifying in others

The flu virus is hanging on in the U.S., intensifying in some areas of the country after weeks of an apparent national decline. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released Friday showed a continued national drop in flu hospitalizations, but other indicators were up — including the number of states with high or very high levels for respiratory illnesses.

CMS Releases Proposed Payment Updates for 2025 Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2025 Advance Notice for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Programs that would update payment policies for these programs.