• Studies Examine Vaccination Strategies for Prevention, Control of Avian Flu
    Two randomized trials in the Oct. 8 issue of JAMA examine new vaccination strategies for the prevention and control of avian influenza. This is a special theme issue on infectious disease. In one study, Mark J. Mulligan, MD, of the Emory University School of Medicine, and ...More
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  • Antimicrobial Use in Hospitals Appears to Be Common
    A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals found that approximately 50 percent of hospitalized patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving two or more antimicrobial drugs, according to a ...More
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  • Sleeping in Dentures Doubles the Risk of Pneumonia in the Elderly
    Poor oral health and hygiene are increasingly recognized as major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. To identify modifiable oral health-related risk factors, lead researcher Toshimitsu Iinuma, Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan, and a team of researchers ...More
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  • Researchers Turn Computers Into Powerful Allies in the Fight Against AIDS
    Effective treatment of HIV is a race against time; many of the drugs that have been potent killers of HIV have today lost their power because the virus has become resistant to them. As a result science must constantly develop new drugs that can attack the virus in new ways. ...More
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  • Hospitalized Patients Don't Wash Their Hands Enough, Study Says
    Hospital visitors and staff are greeted with hand sanitizer dispensers in the lobby, by the elevators and outside rooms as reminders to wash their hands to stop infections, but just how clean are patients' hands? A study led by McMaster University researcher Dr. Jocelyn ...More
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  • FDA Seeks Permanent Injunction Against Firm for Contaminated Ultrasound Transmission Gel
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking a permanent injunction to stop Pharmaceutical Innovations Inc., and its principal officer, Gilbert Buchalter, from manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing medical products until they come into compliance with all ...More
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  • Ebola Survivors Help Train Healthcare Workers in Liberia
    Only people who have been sick with Ebola virus disease and recovered from this traumatic experience can explain what it was like and what their needs were during the illness. That is why a group of six Ebola survivors were asked to play a critical role in a new training ...More
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  • The Guinean Town That Overcame Ebola
    The Telimele district, with its 300,000-strong population, was relatively far from the country’s Ebola epicenter in the southeastern forest region. Dr. Maurice Ony Beuvogui, the director of the district hospital in Telimele, believed his 44-bed hospital was ready to ...More
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  • Study Finds Nearly 6 Million More Dengue Cases in India Than Official Annual Tally
    The annual number of dengue fever cases in India is 282 times higher than officially reported, and the disease inflicts an economic burden on the country of at least $1.11 billion each year in medical and other expenses, according to a new study published online today in ...More
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  • CDC Unveils Interactive Web-based Model for Chikungunya Virus
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has unveiled a new, interactive web-based model that estimates where travelers infected with mosquito-borne chikungunya virus are likely to arrive and which areas are at risk of having new local transmission of the virus. ...More
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