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  • Clostridium difficile Infection: Tracking a Virulent Pathogen
    The rates and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) may be impacted by several factors, including antimicrobial use, other drug-prescribing factors, infection control practices, and the presence of a new strain of C. difficile that is more resistant to ...More
    August 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Disposable Medical Supplies Demand to Reach $59 Billion in 2013
    U.S. demand for disposable medical supplies will increase 4.6 percent annually to $59 billion in 2013. The best growth opportunities are anticipated in intermittent catheters for urinary drainage; dry powder inhalers, prefilled syringes and transdermal patches for drug ...More
    August 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Avian Influenza Strain Primes Brain for Parkinson's Disease
    At least one strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus leaves survivors at significantly increased risk for Parkinson's disease and possibly other neurological problems later in life, according to new research from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.In the Aug. 10 online ...More
    August 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Anthrax Bacteria Conspire with Viruses to Stay Alive
    The brute force of Bacillus anthracis, the ancient scourge that causes anthrax, can sweep through and overpower a two-ton animal in under 72 hours. But when it isn't busy claiming livestock and humans throughout the world -- up to 100,000 annually -- it resides ominously in ...More
    August 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Community Urges Officials and Public to Use Latest Evidence as Guide in H1N1 Prevention and Protection Procedures
    As flu season draws nearer along with the potential for resurgence in H1N1, leading infectious disease doctors, hospital epidemiologists, and infection preventionists urge officials to base recommendations for the public and healthcare workers on scientific knowledge and ...More
    August 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Study Past Flu Pandemics for Clues to Future Course of 2009 H1N1 Virus
    A commonly held belief that severe influenza pandemics are preceded by a milder wave of illness arose because some accounts of the devastating flu pandemic of 1918-19 suggested that it may have followed such a pattern. But two scientists from the National Institute of ...More
    August 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public Engagement Project for H1N1 Vaccination Program
    In July, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the HHS, announced that the federal government expects to initiate a voluntary fall vaccination program against 2009 H1N1 Influenza virus. In order for the CDC to help state and local health organizations develop the vaccination ...More
    August 10, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • MRSA May Accompany Hospital Patients Into Home Health Settings
    Infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appears relatively common among patients discharged from the hospital into home healthcare, according to a report in the Aug. 10/24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. In addition, about one-fifth of ...More
    August 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Misuse of Common Antibiotic is Creating Resistant TB
    Use of a common antibiotic may be undercutting its utility as a first-line defense against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Fluoroquinolones are the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics in the U.S. and are used to fight a number of different infections such as ...More
    August 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • The Safety of Pandemic Vaccines
    The World Health Organization (WHO), cognizant of a few media reports that have expressed concern about the safety of vaccines for pandemic influenza, issued a statement attempting to reassure the public that regulatory procedures in place for the licensing of pandemic ...More
    August 10, 2009 Posted in Blogs