News & Perspective

Apr 15, 2002

Apr 15, 2002

FDA warns of infection risk in powdered infant formulas

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), citing a risk of serious infections with Enterobacter sakazakii, has recommended that milk-based powdered infant formulas not be used in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) unless there is no alternative.

Jun 07, 2004

Jun 07, 2004

CDC says new test speeds diagnosis of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new and faster blood test to help confirm a diagnosis of anthrax infection, federal health officials announced today.

Mar 09, 2007

Mar 09, 2007

Automated test for West Nile screening of donors approved

(CIDRAP News) – The first fully automated test to screen donors of blood, tissue, and organs for West Nile virus (WNV) was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Mar 10, 2008

Mar 10, 2008

Hectic season exposes gaps in flu preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Friday's announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that influenza appears to be slowing down has left medical personnel relieved for the imminent end of a harsh flu season.

But it has also left them worried over weaknesses that the season exposed in public health's ability to anticipate flu's behavior, and over doubts raised among their patients by the flu vaccine's diminished effectiveness.

Dec 06, 2010

Dec 06, 2010

New meningitis vaccine expected to have big impact in Africa

(CIDRAP News) – A cheap new vaccine for bacterial meningitis debuted today with the launching of an immunization drive in the West African country of Burkina Faso, in the first stage of an effort that could rid sub-Saharan Africa of the primary cause of meningitis, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced.

Mar 23, 2011

Mar 23, 2011

Illness outbreaks spur cantaloupe, bologna recalls

(CIDRAP News) – Foodborne illness investigations in several states have prompted two product recalls, involving cantaloupe suspected as the cause of Salmonella infections and Lebanon bologna that may have ties to Escherichia coli O157:H7 illnesses.

In both outbreaks, epidemiological investigations by state and federal experts identified the suspected foods. So far the pathogens have not been detected in cantaloupe or bologna samples.

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