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Jan 04, 2011

Jan 04, 2011

HHS names 6 new members to biodefense advisory panel

(CIDRAP News) – Six new members have been appointed to the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the expert committee that advises the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on preparing for bioterrroism and other public health emergencies, HHS officials announced yesterday.

The six new members replace six whose 3-year terms ended Dec 31, HHS said in a news release.

The new members are:

Jan 05, 2011

Jan 05, 2011

IDSA issues guidelines for treating MRSA infections

(CIDRAP News) – Saying current treatment practices vary widely, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) today released lengthy guidelines for treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, which the group said now account for most of the skin infections that send people to emergency rooms.

Jan 06, 2011

Jan 06, 2011

Report says 1998 vaccine-autism study was fraud

(CIDRAP News) – A long investigative article in BMJ says that the retracted 1998 Lancet report linking autism with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine was an elaborate fraud designed to support a lawsuit against the vaccine's manufacturer.

Jan 10, 2011

Jan 10, 2011

CDC praises Haiti's public health efforts amid disasters

(CIDRAP News) – Officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today praised the performance of Haiti's public health ministry in the wake of two catastrophic health events in 2010, the earthquake and the cholera epidemic.

Jan 18, 2011

Jan 18, 2011

Chan warns about anti-vaccine views as WHO board meets

(CIDRAP News) – In opening the World Health Organization's (WHO's) executive board meeting yesterday, the head of the WHO cited anti-vaccine sentiments as a worrisome trend that may be very difficult to change.

Jan 19, 2011

Jan 19, 2011

Group grades states for foodborne illness outbreak reporting

(CIDRAP News) – The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today released its first report on how well states perform at reporting foodborne disease outbreaks, which they say varies greatly, with seven states earning A grades and 14 getting Fs.

Jan 27, 2011

Jan 27, 2011

CDC officials share key pandemic communications lessons

(CIDRAP News) – Two federal officials who frequently appeared on television as top sources during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic provided a rare glimpse behind the curtain at some of the event's pivotal moments today during a panel discussion at an infectious disease conference in Washington, DC.

Jan 28, 2011

Jan 28, 2011

Experts air kinks in antiviral use during H1N1 pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Although antiviral drugs were used to treat many seriously sick people during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, experts at a conference today said they could have been used more widely and that some opportunities to learn from their use were missed.

Feb 02, 2011

Feb 02, 2011

Study traces variation in pandemic school closures

(CIDRAP News) – A study that put school closures during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic under the microscope says that jurisdictions varied in their reasons for shuttering schools and that officials often were uncertain about who had authority to make the decision and what federal guidance was in place.

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