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  • “The impact of Fogarty training has been extraordinary, and we really need to continue”

    On a day when partisan rancor over domestic health policy escalated with the release of the Senate version of a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services found themselves on comfortable common ground once again as they considered the Trump Administration proposal to slash funding to the National Institutes of Health.

  • Study: First Zika microcephaly wave in Brazil was outlier

    About 70% of all Zika-related microcephaly cases in Brazil resulted from the first wave of infections in 2015, according to a study yesterday in The Lancet by Brazilian researchers who describes the two major waves of Zika infections and the ensuing microcephaly incidence.

  • Patient with Lassa Fever Offers Clues to Virus

    While Lassa fever causes more than 5,000 deaths per year in Africa, a lack of investigative resources on the continent means the human immune response to the virus has been shrouded in mystery.

  • Researchers explore drug pairings to fight resistant bacteria

    Researchers at the University of Utah have identified a method to rapidly identify drugs that can work together to form a potentially powerful weapon against antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a new study in PLoS Biology.

  • Caterpillar-Grown Flu Vaccine Protects Better Than Egg-Incubated Vaccine

    A DNA-based vaccine grown in caterpillar cells instead of made using chicken eggs appears to have better protected adults against infection, researchers reported Wednesday.

  • CDC panel again advises against FluMist

    Shots will continue to be the main option for the upcoming flu season. A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee recommended Wednesday that FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, not be used during the 2017-18 season.

  • ID team increases survival of patients with severe sepsis/septic shock

    A designated team of infectious disease specialists treating severe sepsis or septic shock can improve a patient’s chance of survival, according to researchers.

  • Officials identify likely culprit in deadly Legionnaires outbreak

    New York City health officials say water vapor spread through the air from a building's cooling tower likely caused the deadly Legionnaires outbreak in the Lenox Hill area on the east side of Manhattan.

  • More U.S. counties are finding Zika-carrying mosquitoes

    With the summer mosquito season in full swing in many states, a new report shows a significant increase in U.S. counties across the South that have reported mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika and related viruses.

  • Can Zika infection attack the brains of newborns? Scientists head to field for answers

    Zika infection in the womb can damage a fetal brain. But can the insidious virus also attack the still-developing brains of newborns?

  • 6 Members Of The Presidential Advisory Council On HIV/Aids Resign

    Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Michelle Ogle of the Warren-Vance Community Health Center in Henderson, N.C., about why she chose to resign from the advisory council. Five others also left the panel.

  • Review ties stewardship to sharp drop in resistant bacteria

    Antibiotic stewardship programs have reduced the incidence of infections and colonization with multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria in hospital patients by more than half, and cut methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile incidence by a third, according to a new review and meta-analysis in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

  • L.A. County health officials say 42 people have been infected with mumps

    A mumps outbreak in Los Angeles County this year has infected 42 people, most of whom live on the Westside, health officials said this week.

  • Legionnaires’ Outbreak on Upper East Side Kills One and Sickens Six

    One person is dead and six other people have been sickened in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the city health department announced on Friday.

  • HHS unveils updated pandemic flu plan

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday released a major update to its pandemic influenza plan, designed to guide preparedness activities over the next decade.

  • Americans should be more afraid of HPV

    Lee Tomlinson wasn’t a smoker. He wasn’t a drinker. He was a longtime professional tennis player and marathoner based in Los Angeles, “the healthiest guy anyone knew,” he says.

  • Study: 37% of heater-cooler devices contaminated with M. chimaera

    Researchers have advised hospitals on how to separate their HCDs, which are difficult to decontaminate, from the operative field to keep aerosolized M. chimaera away from patients and how to locate and notify patients who may have been exposed during cardiac surgery.

  • CDC: 'Chronic Lyme' treatments carry serious risk

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published five case studies today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of patients who experienced serious complications and bacterial infections after receiving treatments for "chronic Lyme" disease.

  • When Senators question Tillerson on global health impacts of State Department cuts, numbers speak

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shared that philosophy with skeptical U.S. Senators Tuesday, on the same day a new analysis counted numbers of illnesses and lives lost that would accompany Trump administration budget proposals to slash more than $2.5 billion directly from global health responses, while compromising those responses on additional fronts as well.

  • Long-term care facilities in US lack resources for infection prevention

    Researchers found that many infection control officers in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) had minimal training, and that the facilities struggle to maintain qualified staff to manage infection control programs.

  • China reports more high-path H7N9 outbreaks in poultry

    In the latest avian flu developments, China reports more highly pathogenic H7N9 outbreaks in three provinces, and South Korea continues to battle a flare-up of H5N8 activity, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

  • Zika In America: One Mother’s Saga

    When her daughter was born at Providence St. Peter Hospital in January, the first thing Maria Rios checked was the baby’s head.

  • Study finds fear drives pregnant women with HIV from prevention services

    A study published June 8, 2017 in PLOS One investigated why HIV-positive pregnant women might drop out of a treatment program that would protect their infants and possibly save their lives. For many, the answer was fear.

  • WHO reports 2 polio clusters in the DRC, new details in Syria

    The World Health Organization (WHO) today said two separate circulating vaccine-derived polio clusters have been detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as it also revealed new details about a similar outbreak in a conflict-ridden area of Syria.

  • Is Zika Dangerous For Kids? It Probably Depends On The Age

    Zika may have fallen from headlines, especially with everything going on in politics these days, but the threat remains.

  • Facts Alone Won’t Convince People To Vaccinate Their Kids

    Minnesota is the latest state to be hit by a measles outbreak originating from children whose parents chose not to vaccinate them.

  • ICU-room sink removal may cut bacterial colonization

    Dutch investigators found that removing sinks from intensive care unit (ICU) rooms and using a "water-free" method of care reduced patient colonization with gram-negative bacilli (GNB), according to a Jun 10 report in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

  • How Worried Should Cat Owners Be About Toxoplasmosis?

    How worried should cat owners be about the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, especially with babies in the house?

  • ‘Part of the new reality’: Despite confusion, Zika warnings are here to stay

    Zika has faded from the headlines like a mosquito’s dying buzz. Puerto Rico declared its outbreak over this week. Brazil said its emergency was over in May.

  • We Have No Way of Knowing if This Scary Superbug Has Already Hit the United States

    A recent study from Denmark shows that a strain of drug-resistant staph carried by pigs is causing severe illnesses in people who have no contact with pigs or farms.

  • CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers of Zika Birth Defects from U.S. Territories

    Zika is a scary virus because of the terrible birth defects it can cause. Now scientists have a clearer sense of the size of that risk.

  • Infants born in water births at risk of Legionnaires’ disease, CDC says

    Babies born during water births are at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia that infected two infants in Arizona last year.

  • Polio outbreak is reported in Syria, WHO says

    An outbreak of vaccine-related polio cases has been reported in war-torn Syria, the World Health Organization announced Thursday — another hurdle for a nearly 30-year eradication effort that has seen more than its share of setbacks.

  • On the front lines of Russia's 'staggering' HIV epidemic

    Anna Alimova works on the front lines of Russia's growing HIV epidemic. On a Friday night, the mother of two with a shock of bright pink hair stands outside a 24-hour pharmacy in a leafy Moscow neighborhood.

  • WHO reports 3 Saudi hospital MERS clusters, new cases in UAE, Qatar

    The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday provided new details about three unrelated hospital MERS-CoV outbreaks that as of May 29 had infected 12 people, and Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced five more cases, including at least four tied to the hospital cluster in Riyadh.

  • Mumps Outbreak in Los Angeles County, Surrounding Areas

    Over 40 people in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas have been infected with mumps, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

  • Malaria During Pregnancy Could Bolster Babies' Immunity

    You have a bit of your mother in you, literally. When scientists performed biopsies of young adults’ organs, they’ve found maternal cells embedded in hearts, kidneys, and liver.

  • Death toll in Yemen cholera outbreak hits nearly 700: WHO

    A cholera epidemic in Yemen has killed at least 681 people and the outbreak has yet to peak, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures showing an increase in the death toll of nearly 50 percent since its last update on May 27.

  • WHO creates controversial ‘reserve’ list of antibiotics for superbug threats

    The World Health Organization on Tuesday released new recommendations aimed at reducing the use of certain categories of “last resort” antibiotics as part of its ongoing efforts to combat the rise of superbugs.

  • Zaire Ebola Virus Vaccine Well-Tolerated Through Six Months

    This study evaluated the safety of recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus–Zaire Ebola virus envelope glycoprotein vaccine.

  • Mortality risk nearly doubles for patients with MDR P. aeruginosa

    The mortality rate of patients with hospital-onset Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection was nearly twice as high among those with multidrug-resistant infections than non–multidrug-resistant infections, according to a recent analysis.

  • Puerto Rico declares its outbreak of Zika virus is over

    Puerto Rico declared its Zika epidemic over on Monday, saying transmission of the virus on the island has fallen to relatively low levels.

  • Hawaii Urges Resident to Get Mumps Vaccination as Cases Soar

    Hawaii officials are urging all residents born in or after 1957 to get a mumps vaccination if they haven't already done so.

  • Zika-related travel restrictions lifted for Miami-Dade

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today lifted Zika-related travel restrictions for Miami-Dade County because of a lack of recent Zika cases.

  • Opinion: Less Money to Fight AIDS

    Less well publicized is the significant risk to our efforts to fight the H.I.V. epidemic in this country. The proposed funding cuts include $800 billion from the Medicaid program, which makes health care accessible to more than 40 percent of patients with H.I.V. in the United States; millions of dollars from the Ryan White H.I.V./AIDS Program; reductions across Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health programs; and almost a fifth of the research budget from the National Institutes of Health.

  • A MRSA Infection Cost Me $300,000—and Nearly Killed Me

    The doctors drew some liquid from my knee and confirmed that I had a MRSA infection: a bacteria known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is resistant to many antibiotics. My wife met me at the hospital, and I underwent the first of four emergency surgeries.

  • Women’s bacteria thwarted attempt at anti-HIV vaginal gel

    WASHINGTON — Creating new HIV prevention tools for women has proven frustratingly slow and researchers have found another hurdle: bacteria in the reproductive tract.

  • Salmonella tied to live poultry sickens 372 in 47 states

    Signaling what has become an ongoing yearly pattern, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported eight multistate Salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks, including chicks and ducklings.

  • Measles outbreak in Minnesota surpasses last year’s total for the entire country

    Minnesota’s measles outbreak has exceeded the total number of cases reported in the entire United States last year, with no sign of slowing. Health officials worry that the holy month of Ramadan, which began Friday night and brings Muslims together in prayer and festivities, will accelerate the spread of the highly infectious and potentially deadly disease, which is plaguing the close-knit Somali American community.

  • Article in CID

    The effect of tracing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–infected patients who are lost to follow-up (LTFU) on reengagement has not been rigorously assessed. We carried out an ex post analysis of a surveillance study in which LTFU patients were randomly selected for tracing to identify the effect of tracing on reengagement.


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