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  • 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
  • Words Matter in Public Health Issues Like Flu
    Giving people a sense of being in control is an important element in health messages, according to researchers at Nottingham and De Montfort universities. The research, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, looked at how language used in policy ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Tuberculosis Blood Test Is Often "Indeterminate" in Children
    A new type of blood test for tuberculosis (TB) has important limitations for use in children—especially very young children and those with abnormal immune function, reports a study in the August issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Two accompanying ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Senate Confirms Dr. Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health
    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Dr. Francis Collins as the next director of the National Institutes of Health.“Dr. Collins is one of our generation's great ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News