• FDA Investigates E. Coli O157 Infections Associated with Taco Bell Restaurants in Northeast
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is assisting in the investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157 infection in consumers associated with eating food from several Taco Bell restaurants in Northeastern states. FDA is actively working with state and local health ...More
    December 7, 2006 Posted in News
  • Auburn University Researcher Develops Avian Flu Vaccine for Poultry
    Auburn University veterinary professor Dr. Haroldo Toro has developed an egg-injected vaccine to protect chickens against the avian influenza virus. Photo provided by AU Office of Communications and Marketing An Auburn University veterinary professor in collaboration with ...More
    December 7, 2006 Posted in News
  • Planning for Surge of Disaster Victims? Discharge the Healthiest from Every Hospital, Experts Advise
    A nationwide blue-ribbon panel of healthcare experts recommends that hospital plans for a surge of disaster victims should begin with a strategy to empty their beds of relatively healthier patients. Preliminary data suggest that such a strategy could safely empty 70 percent ...More
    December 7, 2006 Posted in News
  • Delaware Valley Hospitals Improve on Key Infection-Prevention Measures
    PHILADELPHIA -- Southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals significantly enhanced their infection-prevention capabilities as a result of the groundbreaking Partnership for Patient Care, a multi-year, quality-and- patient-safety effort by hospitals throughout the region. First-year ...More
    December 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • New MDRO Guideline is Issued
    As you know, along with Staphylococcus aureus, many significant infection-causing bacteria are becoming resistant to the most commonly prescribed antimicrobial treatments, and they are becoming more prevalent in healthcare settings. According to CDC data, the proportion of ...More
    December 6, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Global Strategy Aims for Effective Malaria Vaccine by 2025
    BANGKOK -- A report by the world's leading international health organizations calls for joint action to accelerate the development and licensing of a highly effective malaria vaccine. The Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap, a new global strategy, is being launched in ...More
    December 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • Half of People at High Risk Don't Know They Need a Flu Shot
    Many people at high risk of flu infection mistakenly believe they're in a low-risk group and, as a result, are much less likely to get a flu shot, a researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has found. The study, conducted ...More
    December 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • Vaccines: Good for Adults, Too
    Vaccines — credited with eradicating diseases such as diphtheria, polio and measles in the United States — sometimes still get a bad rap. Some people believe that they aren’t effective or may cause dangerous side effects. Some say they are no longer needed because most ...More
    December 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • HIV-1 Kills Immune Cells in the Gut That May Never Bounce Back
    People with HIV have been living longer, healthier lives since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1995. In fact, most patients on the drug regimen do so well that, according to blood tests, their immune cells appear to return to pre-HIV ...More
    December 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC Awards $11.4 Million to Develop New Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Avian Flu
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced $11.4 million in new contracts to four companies working to develop new diagnostic tests that doctors and field epidemiologists could eventually use to quickly and accurately test patients for avian ...More
    December 4, 2006 Posted in News