News & Perspective

Jun 10, 2015

Jun 10, 2015

News Scan for Jun 10, 2015

Mideast MERS cases
More H7N9 in China
Effect of rotavirus vaccine
Acid suppression and C diff
Vaccine exemptions
Zika virus alert

Jun 30, 2014

Jun 30, 2014

Drug Resistance Scan for Jun 30, 2014

Drug-resistance joint statement
FDA and animal antibiotics
AMA animal antibiotic policy
Resistant pneumonia

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Experts offer dim view of potential vaccine response to H7N9

If the H7N9 influenza virus now circulating in China evolves into a pandemic strain, the world is likely to have great difficulty providing adequate supplies of an effective vaccine in time to blunt its impact, according to a viewpoint article by three experts in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Jan 10, 2013

Jan 10, 2013

E coli outbreak study shows antibiotic impact on shedding

(CIDRAP News) – A study involving a large group of patients hospitalized during Germany's 2011 outbreak of a rare type of Escherichia coli spread by contaminated sprouts found that some patients shed the pathogen for several weeks or months and that antibiotic use seemed to shorten the shedding time.

Nov 28, 2012

Nov 28, 2012

Study shows drop-off in kids' pertussis vaccine protection

(CIDRAP News) – The largest study so far exploring gaps in acellular pertussis vaccine protection in kids found that their risk of getting sick increased as time passed after the final dose, according to researchers who examined the role of the vaccine during California's 2010 pertussis epidemic.

Oct 26, 2012

Oct 26, 2012

Investigation flags several issues at tainted steroid producer

(CIDRAP News) – The compounding pharmacy that produced tainted steroid injections implicated in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak had problems maintaining the clean room where the drugs were processed, according to a federal report today that found, for example, greenish residue on the ceiling.

Oct 03, 2012

Oct 03, 2012

West Nile cases, deaths rose in past week, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – New cases of West Nile virus (WNV) disease and resulting deaths rose slightly in the past week, ending 2 weeks of declines in the numbers, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) weekly update today.

The report shows that 424 cases, with 16 deaths, were reported in the past week, compared with 403 cases and 13 deaths the week before. The totals for 2012 have now reached 3,969 cases and 163 deaths.

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).

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