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  • Most Would Refuse Emergency-Use H1N1 Vaccine
    A majority of Americans would not take an H1N1 flu vaccine or drug additive authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and University of Georgia study. The study, available ...More
    September 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • AMA Creates New CPT Codes for H1N1 Flu Immunizations
    With both seasonal influenza and H1N1 influenza circulating this flu season, the American Medical Association (AMA) today announces it has expedited the publication of a new code specific to vaccine administration and revised existing code 90663 to include the H1N1 vaccine. ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Understanding Flu Treatment Options
    While Americans wait for the H1N1 influenza vaccine, it’s important to know and understand the options for treatment for those who have been diagnosed and are ill. Daniel A. Hussar, the Remington Professor of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • WHO Addresses Antiviral Use and the Risk of Drug Resistance
    Growing international experience in the treatment of pandemic H1N1 virus infections underscores the importance of early treatment with the antiviral drugs, oseltamivir or zanamivir. Early treatment is especially important for patients who are at increased risk of developing ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Vaccine Delivery May be More Effective Against Measles
    Worldwide, there are estimated to be 10 million cases of measles and 197,000 deaths from the disease each year. While vaccines exist to protect children against measles, the vaccines are often difficult to store, costly to transport and may be prone to contamination when ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Light, Photosynthesis Help Bacteria Invade Fresh Produce
    Exposure to light and possibly photosynthesis itself could be helping disease-causing bacteria to be internalized by lettuce leaves, making them impervious to washing, according to research published in the October issue of the journal Applied and Environmental ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Could be a Potential Trap for Unprepared Employers
    The law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC is reminding healthcare institutions and other businesses that as employers, they must be prepared to meet the challenges posed by an influenza  pandemic, such as absenteeism, interruptions in supply or delivery, or changes in commerce ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Discover a New Antibacterial Compound
    Antibiotic resistance has been a significant problem for hospitals and healthcare facilities for more than a decade. But despite the need for new treatment options, there have been only two new classes of antibiotics developed in the last 40 years.Now a promising discovery ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Technician in Hepatitis Case is Sentenced to 20 Years
    The New York Times is reporting that Kristen D. Parker, 26, a former hospital surgical technician who may have infected dozens of surgical patients with hepatitis C by stealing their pain medication and swapping back needles contaminated by the virus she carried pleaded ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Understanding the Flu Vaccine
    David P. Calfee, MD, infection control officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center, recently discussed the flu vaccine:Q: What is the seasonal flu shot?A: The seasonal flu shot is given annually and protects against three common viruses, one influenza A (H3N2) virus, one regular ...More
    September 25, 2009 Posted in News