• ASTHO Releases Stewardship Report
    A recent report by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) describes current state efforts and state health agency resources to develop or enhance stewardship policies and activities as they work toward an overall strategy for combating antibiotic ...More
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  • White House Releases National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
    Today, the White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by key federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria outlines ...More
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  • HIV Can Spread Early, Evolve in Patients' Brains
    The AIDS virus can genetically evolve and independently replicate in patients' brains early in the illness process, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered. An analysis of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), a window into brain chemical activity, ...More
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  • C. difficile Doubles Hospital Readmission Rates, Lengths of Stay
    Patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital as patients without the deadly diarrheal infection, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers from the ...More
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  • NIH Study Finds No Evidence of Accelerated Ebola Virus Evolution in West Africa
    The Ebola virus circulating in humans in West Africa is undergoing relatively few mutations, none of which suggest that it is becoming more severe or transmissible, according to a National Institutes of Health study in Science. The study compares virus sequencing data from ...More
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  • Ebola Whole Virus Vaccine Shown Effective, Safe in Primates
    An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus. The vaccine, described March 26, 2015 in the journal Science, was developed by a group led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a ...More
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  • 15 Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
    Between March 11, 2015 and March 22, 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including three deaths. Details ...More
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  • Researchers Master Gene-Editing Technique in Mosquito That Transmits Deadly Diseases
    Traditionally, to understand how a gene functions, a scientist would breed an organism that lacks that gene then ask how the organism has changed. Are its senses affected? Its behavior? Can it even survive? Thanks to the recent advance of gene editing technology, this gold ...More
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  • Antibiotic Effectiveness is Imperiled as Use in Livestock is Expected to Increase
    Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans, according to researchers from Princeton University, the International Livestock Research Institute, the ...More
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