Public Health

  • Older People and Those with HIV are More Vulnerable to TB
    A study by the Barcelona Public Health Agency has revealed those sections of the population that are most vulnerable to tuberculosis. The research, published in the journal Respiratory Research, shows that the highest death rates from this disease are among those aged over ...More
    March 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Federal Funds Support Health Departments but Leadership is Key
    By Amy Patterson NeubertThe surge of funds for bioterrorism preparedness over the past decade does not appear to be improving local public health resources in general, according to research from Purdue University. However, the funding increase to health departments does ...More
    March 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Salmonella Tennessee Identified in a Processed Food Ingredient
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to protect the public following the early identification of Salmonella Tennessee in one company’s supply of hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP). This is a common ingredient used most frequently as a flavor enhancer ...More
    March 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Foodborne Illness Costs U.S. $152 Billion Annually
    A new study by a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) economist estimates the total economic impact of foodborne illness across the nation to be a combined $152 billion annually. The Produce Safety Project, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts at Georgetown ...More
    March 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • Progress Made with Foodborne Illnesses, but Challenges Still Loom
    When it comes to food poisoning, people usually blame the last thing they ate for making them sick. That's a common mistake, says Barbara Mahon, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a former faculty member in the Boston University ...More
    March 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Healthcare Volunteers and Disasters: First, Be Prepared
    A surge in volunteers following a major disaster can overwhelm a response system, and without overall coordination, can actually make a situation worse instead of better. The outpouring of medical volunteers who responded to the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti in ...More
    February 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • WHO Committee Reviews Mixed Evidence on Status of H1N1 Pandemic
    Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), presided over the Emergency Committee of the WHO, which held its seventh meeting by teleconference on Feb. 23 to determine the H1N1 influenza pandemic status.A detailed update was provided to the ...More
    February 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Has H1N1 Influenza Peaked? Experts to Debate Today
    News agency Reuters is reporting that influenza experts associated with the World Health Organization (WHO) will be convening today to discuss whether or not the H1N1 influenza pandemic has peaked and is now declining worldwide. Reuters reports WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl ...More
    February 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Medical Center Cited for Violation of Safety Standards in H1N1 Prevention
    The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) is reporting that on Jan. 29, 2010, Sacred Heart Medical Center was cited and fined $8,000 for failing to adhere to state and national H1N1 influenza safety standards. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Division ...More
    February 19, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Many Would Delay Taking Recommended Antibiotics after Anthrax Attack, Poll Finds
    In a national poll aimed at helping with planning efforts for a public health response to a possible bioterrorism attack, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that, in response to a fictional scenario describing a significant anthrax attack ...More
    February 19, 2010 Posted in News