2013-11-15 - Sore Throat Is it Viral or Something More
It’s a common complaint by a child, “Mom, my throat hurts.” The quandary for many parents is why does it hurt? Is it a virus or something more? For some infections, like strep throat, that question can be difficult to determine without help.
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NIOSH Working Toward Answers to Key Respiratory Protection Questions
Editor's note: This is a two-part series looking at issues relating to respiratory protection. Part 1 in the September issue examined viral size, transmission of disease, and implications for respiratory protection worn by healthcare workers. Part 2 explores PPE-related research questions
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2013-11-18 - New Guidance Limits Antibiotics for Common Infections in Children
Every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. Many of these infections are caused by viruses, which are not helped by antibiotics. This overuse of antibiotics, a significant factor fueling antibiotic resistance, is the focus of a new report Principles of Judicious Antibiotic Prescribing
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Studies Stir New Debate on PPE Use
Editor's note: This is a two-part series examining viral size, transmission of disease, and implications for respiratory protection worn by healthcare workers. Clinicians and infection preventionists may need to rethink what they currently know about respiratory protection in light of several
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2013-11-27 - Treatment Target is Identified for a Public Health-Risk Parasite
In the developing world, Cryptosporidium parvum has long been the scourge of freshwater. A decade ago, it announced its presence in the United States, infecting over 400,000 people – the largest waterborne-disease outbreak in the county's history. Its rapid ability to spread, combined with an incredible resilience to water decontamination techniques, such as chlorination, led the National In
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2013-11-12 - Eyeing New Opportunities, AAMI Reorganizes Staff
With healthcare technology itself growing and evolving, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is undergoing a staff reorganization to better meet the changing needs of its members and customers.
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2013-12-03 - New Research Shows Promise for Possible HIV Cure
Researchers have used radioimmunotherapy (RIT) to destroy remaining human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected cells in the blood samples of patients treated with antiretroviral therapy, offering the promise of a strategy for curing HIV infection. Results of the study were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
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2013-12-02 - Scientists Achieve Most Detailed Picture Ever of Key Part of Hepatitis C Virus
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have determined the most detailed picture yet of a crucial part of the hepatitis C virus, which the virus uses to infect liver cells. The new data reveal unexpected structural features of this protein and should greatly speed efforts to make an effective hepatitis C vaccine. The findings, which appear in the November 29, 2013 issue of the journa
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2013-11-07 - IDSA Report Says Better Tests Needed to Improve Patient Care, Public Health
Despite advances in diagnostic technology, there is an urgent need for tests that are easy to use, identify the bug causing an infection and provide results faster than current tests, according to a report from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published today in a special supplement to Clinical Infectious Diseases.
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2013-12-03 - 1950s Pandemic Flu Virus Remains a Health Threat, Particularly to Those Under 50
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have evidence that descendants of the H2N2 avian influenza A virus that killed millions worldwide in the 1950s still pose a threat to human health, particularly to those under 50. The research has been published in an advance online edition of the Journal of Virology.
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