• FDA Reminds Consumers That Untreated Juices May Pose Health Risk
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- While juices provide many essential nutrients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding consumers about the dangers of drinking fruit and vegetable juices that have not been treated to kill harmful bacteria. The FDA continues to receive ...More
    August 25, 2005 Posted in News
  • Artesunate Should Become the Treatment of Choice for Severe Malaria
    Artesunate is better than quinine for the treatment of severe malaria in adults, concludes an article in this week’s issue of The Lancet. Quinine is the only drug recommended for the treatment of severe malaria throughout Africa, South America, and most of Asia. But even ...More
    August 25, 2005 Posted in News
  • Sleeping Sickness Epidemic Spreading in Uganda
    Current methods to curb the epidemic of sleeping sickness in eastern Uganda are failing, concludes a Research Letter in this week’s issue of The Lancet. Sleeping sickness is caused by the Trypanosomaparasite, which is carried by the tsetse fly. The epidemic of Trypanosoma ...More
    August 25, 2005 Posted in News
  • MRSA Infection in Vermont Could be Related to Unlicensed Tattoos
    BURLINGTON – Vermont officials from the Secretary of State's Office have initiated an investigation into the source of severe bacterial infections among five young people in Middlebury, Vt., all of whom recently received tattoos. The bacterial infections, known as ...More
    August 23, 2005 Posted in News
  • Experts Call for Reporting of Herpes in Newborns
    Neonatal herpes, infection of newborns with herpes simplex virus type 1 or type 2 -- the causes of genital herpes and cold sores—should routinely be reported to health authorities, say experts. In a commentary published in the September issue of the journal Sexually ...More
    August 23, 2005 Posted in News
  • Michigan Forms Flu Advisory Board
    In response to the challenges of managing coordinated state, regional, and local responses to annual occurrences of influenza, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has formed an Influenza Advisory Board, a group of dedicated professionals committed to ...More
    August 23, 2005 Posted in News
  • New York State Health Department Issues Update on Seneca Lake State Park Gastrointestinal Outbreak
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, MD, MPH, DrPH, and State Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro have issued an update concerning the gastrointestinal illness which has been linked to the spray park attraction at Seneca Lake State Park. The dates ...More
    August 23, 2005 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Key to Unlock Lice’s Grip on Hair
    As the new school year approaches, parents of elementary school children may want to consider adding a lice comb to their school supplies shopping list. This annoying, but increasingly common problem will affect more than 6 million American elementary school children this ...More
    August 22, 2005 Posted in News
  • Overcoming Drug Resistance
    Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Ohio State University have taken a major step in the battle against drug-resistant bacteria. New findings published in the journal Cell show for the first time a mechanism of how rifamycins, a family of ...More
    August 22, 2005 Posted in News
  • Poll Reveals Many U.S. Adults are Only Moderately Concerned About the Potential of a Future Influenza Pandemic
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In the wake of recent reports confirming that avian flu (also known as bird flu) has spread from Siberia into other parts of Russia, a new poll has found that a majority (53 percent) of U.S. adults are either not very or not at all familiar with this ...More
    August 19, 2005 Posted in News