• Kimberly-Clark Introduces Child's Face Mask
    ROSWELL, Ga. -- In support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s universal respiratory etiquette strategy, Kimberly-Clark Health Care has introduced a child-size face mask designed specifically to better fit the smaller facial features of children.  ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Hails Senate Passage of Patient Safety Bill
    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations this week applauded the U.S. Senate's passage of the bipartisan Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act. "This brings us one step closer to what we hope will become a major ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Public-Private Partnership Creates Statewide Bioterrorism Surveillance System
    RALEIGH, N.C. --  The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) and the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) today announced a new partnership between the two organizations that will significantly improve the state’s ability to recognize and respond to ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • North Carolina Records Two Cases of La Crosse Encephalitis
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Public health officials today announced the season’s first two cases of La Crosse encephalitis. One patient was infected in Buncombe County, the other in Jackson County. The patients – both teenagers – were hospitalized but are now improving. “With all of ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Ohio Department of Health Announces First West Nile Virus-Related Death
    COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) this week announced the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004. The patient was an 80-year-old male from Butler County. “We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends,” said ODH Director J. Nick Baird, ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Increase in Whooping Cough Cases Prompts Another Warning from State Health Officials in Wisconsin
    MADISON -- In light of a significant increase in the number of pertussis cases reported in Wisconsin this year, state health officials are notifying recreation and education facilities such as summer camps, schools and athletic leagues to be alert for children showing signs ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Better Hepatitis C Treatment for People with HIV
    The preferred treatment for hepatitis C, peg-interferon and ribavirin, is safe for people who are also infected with HIV, according to a new study in the July 29, 2004 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Moreover, this treatment proved superior for the treatment ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Drug to Fight Virus in Transplant Patients Moves Forward in Trials
    A drug once considered for cancer chemotherapy is advancing in clinical trials to test its effectiveness in fighting a virus from the herpes family that threatens transplant patients. University of Michigan professors Leroy Townsend and John Drach developed the compound ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Synthetic Prion Causes Neurological Disease in Mice
    Scientists have produced a prion protein that can trigger the development of a neurological disorder in mice that is similar to "mad cow" disease, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health. The ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Childhood Immunization Rates at Record High Levels
    The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that the nation's childhood immunization rates are at record high levels, including significant increases in rates of immunization for chickenpox and pneumococcal pneumonia, the two most recent additions to ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News