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Sep 14, 2012

Sep 14, 2012

Policymakers plot next pandemic flu preparedness steps

(CIDRAP News) – US influenza policy experts who gathered in Washington, DC, today called for better vaccines and other steps for improving pandemic and seasonal flu preparedness, themes echoed in an action plan released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Aug 30, 2012

Aug 30, 2012

Study: Medical vaccine exemptions rise where they're easier to get

(CIDRAP News) – More parents obtain medical vaccination exemptions for their kindergarten children in states where they are easier to get, which potentially reduces herd immunity and poses a threat to children who have real medical contraindications to vaccination, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Jun 28, 2012

Jun 28, 2012

FDA bill includes incentive for new antibiotics

(CIDRAP News) – Some provisions included in a measure that passed Congress this week represent a good first step to spur development of new antibiotics in the face of growing bacterial resistance, says a policy expert with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

May 09, 2012

May 09, 2012

Bathroom-stored grocery bag fingered in norovirus outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The role of fomites in norovirus outbreaks has been difficult to pin down, but Oregon health officials today described how a reusable grocery bag left in a bathroom where a patient was sick spread the virus to members of a girls' soccer team and their chaperones.

Mar 28, 2012

Mar 28, 2012

Scientists volley ahead of more dual-use H5N1 debate

(CIDRAP News) – As researchers from both sides of the debate over two controversial H5N1 studies weighed in yesterday on full publication versus a more cautionary approach, two US journals said they are developing policies to address any future such instances.

Mar 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

IDSA: Antibiotics not needed for most sinus infections

(CIDRAP News) – More than 90% of sinus infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics, a common practice that can increase bacterial resistance to the drugs, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) said in new guidelines released today.

Mar 15, 2012

Mar 15, 2012

Groups aim to increase antimicrobial stewardship

(CIDRAP News) – Infectious-disease specialty groups are teaming up to call for increased use of antimicrobial stewardship programs, saying such efforts can help preserve the effectiveness of anti-infective drugs while reducing medical costs.

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