• Measles Elimination in the Western Pacific Region
    BEIJING and MANILA, Philippines -- Measles: normal childhood illness or killer disease?  Actually, it is both but it could soon be neither.  Measles has already been eliminated in the WHO Region of the Americas.  The challenge is for the rest of the world to ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Goals for TB Control Reachable for Most of World
    International goals for reducing the number of tuberculosis cases and deaths to a certain number by the year 2015 can be achieved, but African and Eastern European countries could pose the greatest challenges, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Chest X-Rays Not Effective in Determining When TB Acquired
    There is little correlation between the appearance of tuberculosis on chest X-rays and how recently the disease was acquired, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on tuberculosis. Co-author Neil W. Schluger, MD, of Columbia University, New York, ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Treatment Helps in Preventing TB Among Those at High Risk
    The drug isoniazid reduced the incidence of tuberculosis among HIV-infected miners in South Africa, a population at high risk of TB, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on tuberculosis. Lead author Alison D. Grant, MBBS, PhD, of the London School ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Multi-drug Resistant TB Persists in California
    Despite significant advances in reducing the number of cases of tuberculosis in California, the proportion of multi-drug resistant cases has not decreased but remains steady, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on tuberculosis. Lead author Reuben ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Watch and Wait: A Shift in Approach to Kids' Ear Infections
    The most frequent reason pediatricians prescribe antibiotics to young children is for an ear infection (acute otitis media). With increased concerns about high rates of antibiotic use and resistance, recent guidelines suggest consideration of "watchful waiting" for some ear ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Study Supports Whooping Cough Booster Shot for Adolescents
    Despite childhood vaccination rates at all-time highs, pertussis (whooping cough) has re-emerged over the past two decades, especially among adolescents, adults, and young infants. Because of this resurgence, federal health policymakers are considering a national booster ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • New NIAID Grants Strengthen National Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Network
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced four-year grants totaling approximately $80 million for two new Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases ...More
    June 3, 2005 Posted in News
  • Experimental Shingles Vaccine Proves Effective in Nationwide Study
    In one of the largest adult vaccine clinical trials ever, researchers have found that an experimental vaccine against shingles (zoster vaccine) prevented about half of cases of shingles — a painful nerve and skin infection — and dramatically reduced its severity and ...More
    June 3, 2005 Posted in News
  • Variant Prion Protein Causes Infection but No Symptoms; Finding Could Have Implications for Alzheimer’s Disease
    Abnormal prion proteins are little understood disease agents involved in causing horrific brain-wasting diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in people, mad cow disease in cattle and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. Now, new research suggests that a variant ...More
    June 3, 2005 Posted in News