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  • A Little Goes a Long Way: Stemming Antibiotic Resistance by Using Less
    Prompt initiation of antibiotics to treat infections has been proven to reduce mortality and save countless lives. But evidence has shown that use of these drugs far exceeds what is clinically necessary, leading to patient harm, excess costs and an increase in ...More
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  • ANA Recommends That All Nurses Should Be Immunized Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
    The American Nurses Association (ANA) is calling for all individuals, including registered nurses (RNs), to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, with the only exemptions being for medical or religious reasons.     ANA’s new position ...More
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  • Rhode Island Hospital Researchers Find Variability in Compliance With CDC Guidelines
    According to a survey conducted by Rhode Island Hospital researchers, there is significant variability regarding how clinicians manage catheters placed in the arteries of patients in intensive care units. Some practices may increase risk of infection associated with these ...More
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  • CDC Says Take Chickenpox Seriously
    Most children with chickenpox completely recover. But it can be serious, even deadly, especially for babies, pregnant women, adolescents, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Make sure everyone in your family is up to date on their chickenpox vaccinations. ...More
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  • Cellphone Data Help Scientists Track Infectious Diseases
    Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...More
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  • School Vacations, Humidity Linked to Waves of Influenza in Mexico During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
    Scientists studying the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic have found that the inconsistent regional timing of pandemic waves in Mexico was the result of interactions between school breaks and regional variations in humidity. The research published in PLOS Computational ...More
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  • Biologist Observes a Paradigm Shift in Multi-drug Resistance
    Bacteria are pretty wily creatures. Take for example, an organism such as Salmonella, which which are killed by antibiotics in lab tests, but can become highly resistant in the body. It is an example of what UC Santa Barbara biologist Michael Mahan refers to as the Trojan ...More
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  • Researchers Suggest Approach to Fight Adenoviruses in Immunosuppressed Patients
    Using an animal model they developed, Saint Louis University and Utah State university researchers have identified a strategy that could keep a common group of viruses called adenoviruses from replicating and causing sickness in humans. "The adenovirus can cause colds and ...More
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  • Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus Infection
    Summertime means mosquitoes and West Nile virus season. An infected mosquito bite can make you or a family member sick with West Nile virus. Stay healthy by avoiding mosquito bites, especially from dusk to dawn when the mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are most ...More
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  • CDC Offers Information on Mumps
    Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Anyone who has not had mumps or been vaccinated can get the disease. There is no treatment for mumps, and it can cause long-term health problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you can protect ...More
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