• Annual Study Finds Top Hospitals Have 28 Percent Lower Mortality Rate
    GOLDEN, Colo. -- Patients treated at top-rated hospitals nationwide are nearly one-third less likely to die, on average, than those admitted to all other hospitals, according to a study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. ...More
    January 30, 2007 Posted in News
  • Poll Reveals What Nurses Already Know
    In an annual Gallup Poll on honesty and ethics, nurses came out on top of the list for the eighth consecutive year as the most trusted professionals in the U.S. According to the 2006 Gallup survey, 84 percent of Americans describe nurses' ethics as “very high” or “high,” an ...More
    January 29, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Norovirus Expert Says Sanitation and Science Prevent Disease Transmission
    Noroviruses, also known as Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses, are estimated to cause 23 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the United States each year. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and sometimes fever. This winter has seen what some say is a ...More
    January 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Reverse HIV/AIDS Research Cuts or Risk Backsliding, HIVMA Tells Congress
    The race to stay ahead of HIV disease is falling victim to the lack of a federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2007. Losses in funding for HIV/AIDS research will set back efforts to fight drug-resistant strains and to find less toxic medications, according to the HIV Medicine ...More
    January 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • UCLA Study Finds High Rates of HIV Discrimination in Healthcare
    LOS ANGELES -- The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released a study today showing surprisingly high rates of HIV discrimination by healthcare providers in Los Angeles County. The study reports findings from three "testing" studies of skilled ...More
    January 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Scientists Assess Risk of Potential Flu Pandemic Spread Via Global Airlines
    An Indiana University School of Informatics-led team of researchers has constructed a model that predicts how an emerging pandemic influenza might spread across the globe by airliners. The study, "Modeling the Worldwide Spread of Pandemic Influenza: Baseline Case and ...More
    January 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Experience Proves to be the Best Teacher When Planning Terrorism Response
    PIERRE, S.D. -- The best way to learn from experience is to have the experience yourself. That’s what South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) decision-makers found when they ran their first statewide terrorism preparedness exercise in 2006 – and what they expect to find ...More
    January 25, 2007 Posted in News
  • Disabling Key Protein May Give Physicians Time to Treat Pneumonic Plague
    The deadly attack of the bacterium that causes pneumonic plague is significantly slowed when it can't make use of a key protein, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report in this week's issue of Science. Speed is a primary concern in ...More
    January 25, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Rapid Response to Avian Flu Threat
    An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Yanbin Li, professor of biological engineering in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, has developed a portable biosensor for in-field, rapid screening of avian influenza virus. The inexpensive device ...More
    January 25, 2007 Posted in News
  • Rapid Flu Testing is Associated With Decreased Antibiotic Use in Hospitalized Adults
    Rapid influenza testing is associated with reductions in the use of antibiotics in hospitalized adults, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the February 26, 2007, print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. New diagnostic tests are increasing the ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News