Public Health


  • HIV Experts Applaud CDC Move to Make HIV Testing Routine
    The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) says it applauds new federal guidelines that will make HIV testing a routine part of medical care—an important step to controlling the growing HIV epidemic in the United States. Despite prevention efforts, 40,000 more people are infected ...More
    September 20, 2006 Posted in News
  • More than 100 Million Doses of Influenza Vaccine Expected to be Available This Year
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that influenza (flu) vaccine manufacturers are expecting to produce and distribute more than 100 million doses of influenza vaccines in the United States between now and early January, 2007. Manufacturers ...More
    September 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • Quick Diagnosis of Flu Strains Possible with New Microchip Test
    Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a microchip-based test that may allow more labs to diagnose influenza infections and learn more about the viruses causing illness. The FluChip ...More
    August 28, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC and APHL Make Influenza Virus Sequence Data Publicly Accessible
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released genetic blueprints for more than 650 genes of influenza viruses into a database accessible to researchers worldwide. The action marks the beginning of a collaboration between the CDC and the ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Meaningful Data Collection
    Question: As a critical access hospital with fewer than 25 beds and an average census of 10 patients per day, our numbers are obviously much smaller than most facilities. We are attempting to determine if our infection control data should be presented on the basis of 100 or ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Lysol Launches Bleach-, Color- and Fragrance-Free Food Surface Sanitizer
    PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 76 million cases of foodborne diseases, commonly known as food poisoning, occur in the United States every year.(i) Eighty percent of Salmonella cases alone are acquired at ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop New Way to Assess Pandemic Potential of Influenza Viruses
    Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a new research method that may help identify the types of genetic changes necessary for the avian influenza virus (H5N1) to be more easily transmitted among people. After developing the ...More
    July 31, 2006 Posted in News
  • Host Protein Triggers Infection by Smallpox-Related Viruses
    Steve Broyles is part of a research effort that may help prevent terrorists from using smallpox and similar illnesses as biological weapons. Broyles, shown in his lab, is a professor of biochemistry at Purdue University. Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Research on the Flu in Children Resulted in New Vaccination Recommendations
    Kathy Poehling, MD The study that led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change its recommendations for giving flu shots to children is published in the July 6 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The recommendations went into effect in ...More
    July 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Changes in Varicella Vaccinations
    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in its meeting in Atlanta today, voted to recommend a second dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for children 4 to 6 years old to further improve protection ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News