News & Perspective

Nov 06, 2017

Nov 06, 2017
Examining chest x-ray

Antibiotic course often too long in pneumonia patients

More than two thirds of adult hospital patients are on the drugs longer than needed.

Oct 16, 2017

Oct 16, 2017

Procalcitonin tests may improve survival, reduce antibiotics

A review finds the biomarker cut mortality and antibiotic exposure in patients with acute respiratory infections.

Sep 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017
Fireman amidst smoke

Pneumonia vaccine gaps found in adults with work-related asthma

Only 54% of US workers with asthma had received the recommended pneumococcal vaccine.

Jun 06, 2017

Jun 06, 2017
shower head

CDC: Most healthcare-acquired Legionnaires' cases could be prevented

Poorly maintained water systems are typically to blame, and those in long-term care facilities are especially vulnerable.

Sep 17, 2015

Sep 17, 2015
Flu shot

CDC: Flu vaccine coverage up a bit in 2014-15

Uptake increased a bit in adults and in health workers but dropped among pregnant women.

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

Alabama officials probe respiratory illness cluster

(CIDRAP News) – Alabama health officials are investigating a cluster of severe respiratory infections from an unknown origin centered around the Dothan area and have asked the state's health providers to be alert for and report similar cases.

Apr 11, 2013

Apr 11, 2013

CDC airs H7N9 worries as report profiles early victims

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials voiced concern about the emerging H7N9 influenza virus in China today as a report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) described the severe illnesses that killed three of the first patients identified.

Jan 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013

CDC sees little growth in adult vaccine coverage

(CIDRAP News) – Coverage rates for vaccines recommended for adults remain stubbornly low, except for modest gains in two, the diphtheria with acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in women, according to new federal estimates today.

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