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Nov 15, 2012

Nov 15, 2012

FDA panel endorses H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant

(CIDRAP News) – A government advisory committee yesterday endorsed the safety and immunogenicity of an adjuvant-containing H5N1 influenza vaccine proposed for inclusion in the US pandemic emergency stockpile, signaling that it could become the first adjuvanted flu vaccine to win approval in the United States.

Nov 14, 2012

Nov 14, 2012

House committee grills FDA over fungal meningitis outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The first congressional hearing today on the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids was marked by tough questions for regulators, political wrangling, and an appearance by the owner of the compounding pharmacy that produced the drugs, but he declined to testify.

Nov 13, 2012

Nov 13, 2012

Good news, bad news on US antibiotic use and resistance

(CIDRAP News) – Research groups offered a mix of bad news and good news today on antibiotic usage and resistant microbes, including big geographic differences within the United States, as a large coalition of health and medical groups vowed to increase efforts to conserve the nation's arsenal of effective antibiotics.

Nov 13, 2012

Virginia doctors note difficult course for fungal meningitis patients

(CIDRAP News) – Clinicians at a Virginia hospital that screened 172 patients who were exposed to contaminated injectable steroids provided an early snapshot yesterday of patients' clinical courses and more evidence that the organism is invasive, putting patients at risk for strokes.

Nov 13, 2012

Study hints at link between flu in pregnancy, infant autism

(CIDRAP News) – An epidemiologic study from Denmark has raised the possibility that influenza and fever during pregnancy increase the risk of autism in infants, but the findings are far from conclusive.

Nov 12, 2012

Nov 12, 2012

Yellow fever in Sudan's capital sparks concern

(CIDRAP News) – Sudan's health ministry recently announced that a yellow fever case has been detected in Khartoum, the first one reported in the country's capital in the wake of an outbreak in several regions of Darfur state, according to a media report yesterday.

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