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Continued Reliance on Windows XP May Threaten Data Security
Continued security of patient data needed following Microsoft's termination of XP support
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season
Although H1N1 strain predominates, previous exposure prevented pandemic
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Patients Paying Much More for Specialty Drugs
Many Americans paying less for Rx, but some having to deal with sharp rises in cost of specialty meds
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Health Secretary to Confront Health Care Reform Hurdles
Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray
Monday, April 14, 2014

$31.3B Spent on Development Assistance for Health in 2013
This marks the highest level of funds raised to date, but allocation not always aligned with need
Friday, April 11, 2014

Sebelius Stepping Down As HHS Secretary
Tenure was marred by troubled introduction of Affordable Care Act
Friday, April 11, 2014

CDC: Measles Cases Linked to U.S. Adoptions From China
The highly infectious illness is still endemic in China, so adopted kids should get their shots
Friday, April 11, 2014

ILC: Interferon-Free Combo Has >95% Virologic Response
Findings among HCV genotype 1 patients previously treated with peginterferon-ribavirin
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Updated Reviews Issued for Oseltamivir, Zanamivir Use in Flu
Systematic reviews of regulatory information seeking evidence for prevention, treatment of flu
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Financial Incentives Improve Completion of HBV Vaccination
Significant improvement in vaccine adherence seen in patients receiving heroin treatment
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills
Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

More Justification Needed for Choosing Wisely Selections
Of the 25 societies evaluated, 60 percent had at least one service included because of higher costs
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Some Doctors Paid at Least $3 Million Each by Medicare
In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly $64 billion in 2012
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Drinking Coffee Cuts Risk of Liver Cirrhosis Mortality
Coffee appears to have a protective effect against mortality related to non-viral hepatitis
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Stroke Risk May Be Elevated After Herpes Zoster Infection
Incidence ratios for stroke lower among those who receive antiviral therapy
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Newly Eligible for Expanded Medicaid Are Healthier
Findings based on comparisons between newly eligible under ACA and pre-ACA enrollees
Monday, April 07, 2014

CDC: U.S. Traveler Returning From Africa Has Lassa Fever
The infectious illness is not related to Ebola fever, officials stress
Monday, April 07, 2014

AMA Provides Resources to Aid Physicians' Collections
Resources help address physicians' financial risk during the ACA's 90-day premium grace period
Friday, April 04, 2014

Emerging Drug Resistance May Up Gonorrhea Incidence
Emerging cephalosporin resistance could have substantial future health, economic consequences
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Half of Uninsured Don't Intend to Sign Up for Health Coverage
Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows most respondents unaware of March 31 deadline
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Men With HIV May Face Higher Risk of Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery plaque is more prevalent and extensive in HIV-infected men
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

CMS: Medicare Beneficiaries Saved $3.9B on Meds in 2013
In addition to savings on prescription drugs, preventive service use up for Medicare beneficiaries
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

NCHS Estimates Health Insurance Coverage for 2013
At time of interview, 14.5 percent uninsured; 10.8 percent uninsured for more than one year
Thursday, March 27, 2014

1 in 25 Inpatients Has Health Care-Associated Infection Daily
Common device-associated infections seem to be decreasing, accounting for 25 percent of infections
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

White House Extends Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline
Applicants need to check a box on HealthCare.gov website to gain added time, report says
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Americans Seem Unprepared for Health Insurance Exchanges
Half the population do not know about exchanges; 42 percent unable to correctly describe deductible
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Practices Can Take Steps to Improve Care Transitions
Financial incentives exist, including reimbursement and avoiding hospital readmissions
Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Tamiflu Saved Lives During Swine Flu Pandemic
Best to start treatment within 48 hours, experts say
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Penicillin 'Allergy' Complicates Inpatient Care
Patients with a history of penicillin 'allergy' have longer hospital stays and increased risk of infection
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rx Expenditures Expected to Rise in 2014
2013 pharmaceutical spending slowed 0.7 percent, compared to 2012
Monday, March 17, 2014

Insurers Must Offer Same-Sex Couples Spousal Benefits
Insurers must offer same-sex couples same spousal benefits as heterosexual couples
Monday, March 17, 2014

Most Influenza Infections Seem to Be Asymptomatic
Age-attributable rate of illness among infected was 23 per 100 person-seasons
Monday, March 17, 2014

Improving EHR Interoperability Is a National Priority: HHS
Interoperability necessary to achieve the benefits of EHR infrastructure adoption
Friday, March 14, 2014

Gel May Offer Postexposure Protection Against HIV Infection
Vaginal gel with integrase inhibitors shows effectiveness in preventing infection in macaques
Friday, March 14, 2014

CDC: Woman to Woman HIV Transmission Rare, but Possible
Case report shows uninfected woman was infected with the virus by her female partner
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Discrepancies ID'd in Studies on ClinicalTrials.gov, Journals
Nearly all clinical trials have at least one discrepancy in cohort, intervention, or results
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Medicare Drug Plan Changes Withdrawn by White House
Proposal met heavy resistance from patient groups
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

White House: More Than Four Million Have Signed Up for ACA
Enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ends March 31 for most Americans
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Keeping Salaries Secret Harms Worker Performance
Secret salaries decrease employees' perception that performance increase is tied to pay increase
Monday, March 10, 2014

Consultant Offers Tips for Evaluating Staff Pay
Geographic factors, professional determinations, and state labor laws all factor into discussions
Monday, March 10, 2014

CDC: Child Care Flu Vaccination Requirements Seem Effective
In Connecticut, implementation of the rule tied to higher vaccination, lower hospitalization rates
Friday, March 07, 2014

Outpatient Abx Culprit in Most Childhood C. Difficile Cases
Nearly three-quarters of C. difficile cases associated with Rx written at doctor visits
Friday, March 07, 2014

AMA Grants Curriculum Efforts to Address Health Disparities
Initiatives focus on underserved populations, workforce diversity, and population health
Friday, March 07, 2014

Cautious Optimism for 'Cure' of HIV-Infected Babies
Report on second child raises hope that early, aggressive tx may be game changer for these infants
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Relative Value Units Useful In Evaluating Practice Finances
RVU calculations can help determine physician compensation, benchmark reimbursement
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Value-Based Insurance Plans Can Up Rx Adherence
Along with lower cost sharing, plans target high-risk patients, use mail-order drugs
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Gap in Regulatory Coverage Affects 5 to 16 Percent of Trials
Nineteen to 24 percent of trials are overlap trials, which study drugs, devices and have federal funding
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WHO Program Improves U.S. Medical Facility Hand Hygiene
Higher hand hygiene score with higher staffing ratio of infection preventionists
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

CDC: Antibiotics Often Prescribed During Hospitalization
Antibiotic prescribing could potentially be improved in 37.2 percent of the most common scenarios
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Women-Specific Research Is Still Inadequate
Women underrepresented in research; many studies fail to report sex-specific outcomes
Monday, March 03, 2014

Routine Childhood Vaccines Result in Cost Savings
But, public health communications about vaccines seem not to be effective; may reduce vaccine intent
Monday, March 03, 2014

CMS: No More Delays to ICD-10 Implementation Deadline
CMS Administrator claims CMS will be ready for ICD-10 conversion by October deadline
Monday, March 03, 2014

Going Live With EHR Leads to Frustrations, Productivity Hit
Medical Economics offers some real-world suggestions, best practices to minimize stress
Friday, February 28, 2014

Hospital Size, Market Share Affect Inpatient Care Prices
Higher-price hospitals generally score well on reputational indicators
Friday, February 28, 2014

Stethoscopes Contaminated After Single Physical Exam
Contamination level of stethoscope similar to parts of physician's dominant hand
Friday, February 28, 2014

HIV Specialist Training Available for Nurse Practitioners
New curriculum developed at Johns Hopkins reflects shift in HIV care to primary care setting
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vancomycin-Resistant Group B Streptococci Identified
Isolates from patients show decreased vancomycin susceptibility, with distinct resistance patterns
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Doctors Pleased With Congress' Medicare Payment Agreement
Repeal of SGR marks transition to value and quality-based reimbursement
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MMR Vaccine Timing, Sequencing Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations
Children receiving third DTaP-IPV-Hib after MMR have higher rate of infectious disease admission
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More Than Seven Million Patient Record Breaches in 2013
Breaches of protected health information up 137.7 percent; most breaches due to theft
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

HPV Vaccination Reduces Cervical Lesion Risk at Population Level
Cohort study in Denmark shows reduction in risk of atypia, CIN grade 2/3 among vaccinated
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quality Measures Data Added to Physician Compare Website
Measures include controlling blood glucose and blood pressure in patients with diabetes
Monday, February 24, 2014

Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Strikes Children in California
Only a small number of cases identified, experts say, with no clear common cause
Monday, February 24, 2014

FDA to Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers
More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals
Monday, February 24, 2014

Unfilled Hospital Openings for Doctors Growing, Survey Finds
Shortages in hospitals also seen for advanced practitioners and nurses
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Before Implementation, Full EHR Cost Needs Consideration
Costs of training, facilities, infrastructure and variables affecting these categories must be ID'd
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

E. cuniculi Can Cause Febrile Illness After Transplant
Three recipients became febrile seven to 10 weeks after receiving kidney, lungs from deceased donor
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Post-Op Visits for Surgical Site Infections Generally Low
Relative to all-cause postsurgical visits, rates are low for clinically significant SSIs at 14 and 30 days
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve
Can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Online Ratings Do Affect Patient Choice of Physician
Whether or not physician accepts insurance plan remains top decider in selecting physician
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Non-Traditional Office Hours Can Reap Big Financial Benefits
Once practice overhead costs are met, patients seen in extended hours increase profitability
Monday, February 17, 2014

AAFP: Telemedicine Can Help With Increased Demand for Docs
Telemedicine can save time for patients, reduce ER visits, allow docs to see more patients
Monday, February 17, 2014

Most Patients Hospitalized With Flu Are Unvaccinated
23.6 percent of hospitalized patients vaccinated; rate even lower among those requiring ICU care
Monday, February 17, 2014

CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline
Deadline extended, allowing providers to submit data for 2013 reporting year through March 31, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Congress Agrees on Legislation to Replace SGR Formula
New legislation emphasizes quality over quantity, with merit-based incentives
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ICD-10 Implementation Likely to Be Financial Disaster
Letter from AMA to HHS voices concerns over higher-than-expected costs of implementation
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million
About one-quarter of those signed up are now young adults, report shows
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fewer Doses of HPV Vaccine Still Protect Against Condyloma
Two doses rather than the recommended three still protective
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ASA: Minor Infections May Be Linked to Cognitive Decline
Exposure to certain pathogens linked to decreased performance on cognitive tests years later
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Most Vaccine-Related Bills Seek to Expand Exemptions
From 2009-2012, none of 31 bills seeking to expand exemptions, mainly by PBE introduction, passed
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mid-Sized Companies Get Extra Year to Comply With ACA
Government sets up new deadlines for three sizes of companies
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CDC: West Nile Virus Has Cost U.S. Nearly $800 Million
Researchers tallied costs in health care, lost productivity over 14 years
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Managing Hospital Medicine Groups
Assessment guide comprises 10 principles and 47 characteristics for effective HMG management
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

USPSTF Recommends Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults
Recommendation based on accuracy of screening test, effectiveness of antiviral treatment
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Residents Concerned About Lack of Time With Patients
Most residents agree that care coordination could improve chronic disease management
Monday, February 10, 2014

President's Panel Calls for More Girls, Boys to Get HPV Vaccine
Protects against cancers of the cervix, throat, rectum, and penis, but too few getting vaccines
Monday, February 10, 2014

New Rule Allows Patients to Access Laboratory Test Results
Final rule allows patient or personal representative to access results directly from the laboratory
Monday, February 10, 2014

HPV Vaccines Don't Change Behaviors in Young Women
No engagement in riskier sexual behavior seen following HPV vaccination
Friday, February 07, 2014

Physicians Need to Be Prepared to Talk Antibiotics
Specific diagnosis, whether viral or bacterial, will aid conversation with patients or their parents
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Uneven Infection Prevention Policy Compliance in U.S. ICUs
Variation noted in presence of policies and clinician adherence to policies
Thursday, February 06, 2014

ICD-10 Transition May Impact Practice Cash Flow
Organizations may not yet understand the impact that ICD-10 will have on their businesses
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Choosing Wisely Tips Should Prompt Doc-Patient Discussion
Recommendations can form a starting point for conversations about cost, appropriate testing
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

H7N9 Cases in China Tied to Live Poultry Exposure
Most cases had severe, lower respiratory tract illness and were epidemiologically unrelated
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

FDA: There's Still Time for Patients to Get a Flu Shot
Younger adults seem at risk this year, FDA says
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

EHR Use During Patient Visit May Mean Missed Non-Verbal Cues
Physician-patient eye gaze patterns differ with use of electronic health records versus paper charts
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Says sale of cigarettes is inconsistent with a pharmacy's mission
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

First Human Death From Novel H10N8 Virus Reported
Patient died nine days after illness onset; visited live poultry farm four days before illness
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Declines in Antibiotic Use in Children May Have Plateaued
Large declines in prescribing rates seen in the early 2000s; trend attenuated by end of decade
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Online Medical Records Trump Colleagues As Docs' Info Source
Doctors are exposed to online medical records, prescribing software more than 200 times/year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Health Reform Differs Across States: Report
Five states play no role in federal marketplace, Medicaid expansion, or insurance reform
Monday, February 03, 2014

AAP Approves Childhood Immunization Schedules for 2014
Schedules follow same format as last year, with single schedule for children aged 0 to 18 years
Friday, January 31, 2014

Improving Infection Control Could Mean No More White Coats
Infection control experts issue guidance on health professionals' attire
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics in ERs Remains High for Adults
Inappropriate use for respiratory tract infection down from 2001 to 2010 for children, not adults
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Businesses Urge Change to ACA's Insurance Mandate
House panel members spar over claim that provision of health-reform law is a 'job killer'
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handwashing Appears Best in Prevention of Common Cold
Best evidence for prevention supports handwashing, zinc supplements, but evidence often poor quality
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Risk of Flu-Linked Hospitalization Up for Adults With Diabetes
Increase in all-cause hospitalization; no increase in flu-like illness, pneumonia and flu
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fear of Violence Hinders Women's Attempts at Safer Sex
Fear of intimate partner violence linked to inconsistent condom use
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Insurance Eligibility Headaches Expected With ACA
Practices expected to face influx of newly insured patients, possibly without insurance ID cards
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CDC: Health Care Providers Shouldn't Rely on Rapid Flu Tests
Rapid flu tests may show that patients do not have the flu when in fact they do
Monday, January 27, 2014

Medical Staff Performance Goals Should Be Clear, Attainable
Staff performance reviews should involve public praise, private reprimand
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Woman's Death Highlights Danger of Overlooking Dengue
CDC says doctors need to be aware that infections are now occurring within the United States
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Legitimacy of Publishing Pharma-Funded Research Queried
Researchers present arguments for and against stopping publication of industry-funded research
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interhospital Transfer Less Likely for Uninsured Patients
Also, women significantly less likely than men to be transferred to another acute care hospital
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pediatric AOM Costs Health Care System ~$2.88 Billion Annually
Children with acute otitis media have increased outpatient health care costs, patient medication costs
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACA Impact on Primary Practice May Depend on Location
Practices in states with expanded Medicaid may see more new, chronically ill patients
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Researchers Examine FDA Decision Making Processes
Analyses show variation in quality-of-evidence; reliance on premarket approval; reasons for delays
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More Federal Funding of Health Centers Mitigates Access Issues
Findings among low-income, uninsured adults from 2002 to 2007
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Medication Synchronization Program Ups Adherence
Community pharmacy-based program projects increase of 20 med fills per patient per year
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

State Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts
Educating the uninsured, especially young adults, is a priority, executives say
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reliable Emotion Words ID'd to Assess Patient Experience
Word set can be used in experience-based design questionnaires for patient care
Thursday, January 16, 2014

NCPA: Access to Controlled Substances Often Delayed
Most pharmacists report three or more delays in past 18 months, usually lasting at least one week
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pritelivir Safe, Effective for Genital HSV-2 Infection
Dose-dependent reduction seen in rate of genital HSV shedding and days with lesions
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FDA Warns Against Rx With High Levels of Acetaminophen
Agency recommends that physicians cease prescriptions of drugs in excess of 325 mg
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Program Cuts MRSA Rates at VA Long-Term Care Centers
From July 2009 to December 2012, 36 percent decrease in MRSA health care-linked infections
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Risk of Intussusception Still Up After New Rotavirus Vaccination
However, two studies show that risk is lower than that seen with previous vaccines
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

More Than Two Million People Have Signed Up for ACA Coverage
Nearly one in four are young adults, a demographic key to the program's success
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under ACA
Uninsured Americans can still sign up for 2014 coverage through March 31
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CMS: New Rule Proposed for Contract Year 2015
Rule will strengthen protections, up health care quality, cut costs in Medicare Advantage, Part D
Monday, January 13, 2014

Disease Severity Factors ID'd for Human Rhinovirus
Coinfection with RSV and comorbidities associated with disease severity in young children
Monday, January 13, 2014

ACP Introduces Free 'High Value Care' Case Studies
Five topics in interactive case studies include avoiding unnecessary testing, safe prescribing
Friday, January 10, 2014

Female Conveners Up Number of Women at Scientific Symposia
Number of invited female speakers increases by 72 percent compared with all-male conveners
Friday, January 10, 2014

CMS: Low Growth for National Health Expenditures in 2012
Low growth in private health insurance spending, Medicare and Medicaid spending
Friday, January 10, 2014

EHR Use Linked to Doc-Reported Enhanced Patient Care
Use of EHRs that meet Meaningful Use criteria, longer EHR experience linked to reported benefits
Friday, January 10, 2014

Liquid Tamiflu for Children in Short Supply
Shortage should be resolved in week; Tamiflu capsules, flu shots widely available, U.S. officials say
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals
Pattern persists with rates lowest in physicians (2 percent), highest in LPNs (25 percent)
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Increased Fever Risk After Vaccination With TIV + PCV-13
Children receiving vaccines simultaneously have increased fever risk on day zero to one
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Herpes Zoster Is Risk Factor for Stroke in Young Adults
Stroke, transient ischemic attack, MI increased in cases whose herpes zoster occurred before age 40
Monday, January 06, 2014

Non-White Physicians Provide Disproportionate Minority Care
Non-white physicians care for more than half of minority patients, non-English speakers
Monday, January 06, 2014

CDC Addresses Burden, Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
One of most urgent threats is C. difficile; causes a minimum of 250,000 illnesses per year
Monday, January 06, 2014

AMA Details Top Five Federal Issues for 2014
Issues include repeal of SGR, full implementation of ACA, roll out of ICD-10 code set
Monday, January 06, 2014

Over 100 New Accountable Care Organizations Formed
New ACOs will provide high-quality coordinated care access for ~1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries
Friday, January 03, 2014

Doctors Discuss Use of MenB Vaccine at Princeton University
Use of experimental vaccine has called into question decision not to vaccinate more widely
Friday, January 03, 2014

CDC: Updated Guidance for HBV Vaccination for Health Workers
All should be vaccinated and undergo serologic testing
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Usage, Cost of Antibiotics for Children Higher in U.S. Versus U.K.
For young children, annual cost of antibiotics more than five times higher in United States
Thursday, January 02, 2014

C. difficile Is Carried on Hands of Health Care Workers
After routine care of infected patients, about a quarter of health care workers had contaminated hands
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Troubled Launch of ACA Tops Health News for 2013
Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Extra Steps Urged for Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
Drug Quality and Security Act is a start, but leaves several gaps that need filling
Monday, December 30, 2013

Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy May Up Risk of Autism
Women with infections diagnosed during hospital stay at higher risk of delivering a child with autism
Monday, December 30, 2013

Surge in Federal Health Insurance Exchange Enrollments
More than one million people have signed up for coverage under Affordable Care Act
Monday, December 30, 2013

Fewer Opioid Treatment Centers Offering HIV, STI Testing
For-profit centers, which increased in number from 2000 to 2011, saw greatest testing declines
Friday, December 27, 2013

CDC: Chikungunya Virus Now in the Western Hemisphere
First 10 cases seen among non-travelers identified in St. Martin in the Caribbean
Friday, December 27, 2013

ACA Success Hinges on Young Adult Enrollment
Uncertainty lingers on the willingness, ability of young adults to enroll in marketplaces, Medicaid
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Impact of Planned Medicaid Expansion Discussed
Could help close substantial gaps in U.S. health care safety net if all states elect to expand
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Testosterone May Undermine Flu Vaccine Effectiveness for Men
Poorer response to flu vaccine in men linked to testosterone-regulated gene cluster
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Toxic Employees Are Damaging to Medical Practices
Performance reviews allow managers to discuss toxic behaviors and demand improvement
Thursday, December 26, 2013

HIV Life Expectancy Similar to General Population
Those receiving combination antiretroviral therapy can live into their 70s
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Public Tends to Follow Celebrities Even on Medical Issues
Health care providers need to take phenomenon seriously and counter bogus advice
Monday, December 23, 2013

High Patient Satisfaction With Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Positive reports of patient-centered measures correlate with reports of high-quality care
Friday, December 20, 2013

New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty
People in cancelled policies can buy coverage under last-minute revision to ACA
Friday, December 20, 2013

Antiviral Treatment Benefits Patients With Diabetes
HCV treatment may lower risk of end-stage renal disease, stroke, acute coronary syndrome
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Few Residency Programs Teach Cost-Conscious Medicine
Despite perceived role in limiting increasing health care costs, few residents know costs of tests
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CDC Highlights Achievements of 2013, Goals for 2014
Top achievements include getting >100,000 smokers to quit; cut in health care facility-linked infections
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Funding for Medical Communication Firms Analyzed
May receive substantial support from pharmaceutical, medical device companies
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors
Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Exposure to Pertussis Common in Peds Health Care Workers
More than one-quarter of exposures occur after documented initiation of IPC precautions
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Physician Access Challenges Up for Those With Public Insurance
Second study notes that 14.6 percent of people in U.S. were uninsured in first half of 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FDA Questions Effectiveness, Safety of Antibacterial Soap
Proposed rule requires manufacturers to submit trial data showing benefit versus regular soap
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Many Physicians Will Stop Practicing Due to ACA
Nearly three-quarters believe that ACA will negatively impact compensation
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bills for SGR Repeal Pass Senate, House Committees
Near unanimous bipartisan votes from Senate Finance, House Ways and Means Committees
Monday, December 16, 2013

Urine-Based Assay Diagnoses Chlamydia in 20 Minutes
Accurate test diagnoses sexually transmitted pathogen directly from urine samples
Monday, December 16, 2013

AAP Advises Pregnant Women and Children to Avoid Raw Milk
Policy statement cites risks of infections associated with consumption of unpasteurized milk
Monday, December 16, 2013

CDC: Flu Vaccine Reduced Adverse Outcomes by 17 Percent
Greater number of serious outcomes averted in 2012-2013 compared with previous flu seasons
Monday, December 16, 2013

Determinants of Patient Loyalty to Provider Identified
More than 15 percent of patients at high risk for leaving their current physician, practice
Monday, December 16, 2013

New Rule Tweaks Affordable Care Act Deadline
Insurers pressed for flexibility on premium payments, coverage
Friday, December 13, 2013

Study Quantifies Male Dominance in Scientific Production
Women account for <30 percent of fractionalized authorships; similar pattern in first authorships
Friday, December 13, 2013

New Inactivated Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Found Efficacious in Kids
QIV efficacious in preventing influenza, reducing attack rate in moderate-to-severe disease
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Peds Bronchiolitis Guideline Can Cut Resource Use, Costs
Implementation of bronchiolitis guideline beneficial for infants in emergency department setting
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CDC: Health Insurance Among Young Increased After ACA
Extension of dependent health coverage in 2010 has increased private coverage, decreased gaps
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CMS Finalizes 2014 Physician Payment Rates, Policies
Include provision to support care management outside of routine office interaction
Monday, December 09, 2013

AACR: Patient Uncertainty High for HPV Vaccination
One-quarter of vaccine-relevant individuals have discussed vaccine with health care providers
Monday, December 09, 2013

Issues Surround Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
Issues include methodology for determining expected readmission rates, computing penalties
Friday, December 06, 2013

Elimination of Measles, Rubella Sustained in the United States
Few cases largely due to importation
Friday, December 06, 2013

Final Rule Aims to Lower Costs, Simplify Outpatient Payments
CMS introducing single outpatient visit code; payments will be packaged into single payment
Friday, December 06, 2013

CDC: More People With Asthma Getting Flu Shots
However, vaccination rates still below goal for all
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Handoff Program Cuts Medical Errors, Adverse Events
Multifaceted program at children's hospital also increases physician time spent at patient bedside
Thursday, December 05, 2013

AMA's RUC Committee to Work on Improving Transparency
New means to be used to survey physicians to better determine value of procedures
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Health Reform in Mass. Didn't Change ICU Utilization
Health care reform in Massachusetts did correlate with reduction in ICU patients without insurance
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Investment Program Can Cut Global Health Disparities by 2035
Framework focuses on reducing maternal, child, infectious deaths; 10 million deaths averted by 2035
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Varicella Vaccination Program Has Not Increased Herpes Zoster
Findings show no significant increase in herpes zoster in older U.S. adults after universal vaccination
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
New process designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Volunteering Overseas Revives Physicians' Outlooks
Volunteer experiences often boost personal fulfillment, professional esteem
Monday, December 02, 2013

Spatiotemporal Analysis Emphasizes Value of Vaccination
Analysis of disease trends since 1888 shows 103 million cases of contagious disease prevented
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Induced Hypothermia May Be Harmful in Severe Meningitis
Moderate hypothermia not found to improve outcomes in patients with severe bacterial meningitis
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Practices Should Start Preparing for Transition to ICD-10
Point-person should be appointed within practice; staff training also recommended
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FDA Approves H5N1 Avian Influenza Vaccine
To supplement National Stockpile, not intended for commercial availability
Monday, November 25, 2013

CDC: Students Safe to Travel Despite Meningitis Outbreak
Illnesses in N.J. and California involve strain not covered by currently approved vaccine
Monday, November 25, 2013

Family Doc Finds Mid-Level Providers Increase Revenue
Case study describes substantial increase in doctor take-home pay with addition of mid-levels
Monday, November 25, 2013

Antiviral Therapy Helps Children Critically Ill With Flu
Prompt treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors may improve survival
Monday, November 25, 2013

American Medical Groups Protesting Physician Cuts
Action follows mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states
Monday, November 25, 2013

White House Extends Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance
And HealthCare.gov website capacity to double by end of month, Obama adviser pledges
Friday, November 22, 2013

CDC Report: Health Disparities Persist in America
CDC finds race, sex, education, location, and wealth among key factors in these inequalities
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Health Care Frustration Higher in U.S. Than Other Countries
Majority of U.S. adults feel that the health care system needs to undergo fundamental changes
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AAP/CDC Update Antibiotic Guidance for Pediatric URIs
Use of stringent diagnostic criteria is advised to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections
Monday, November 18, 2013

Global Efforts Needed to Curb Antibiotic Resistance
National task forces should act in areas such as surveillance, treatment guidelines, education
Monday, November 18, 2013

FDA Requests Safety Measures for Topical Antiseptics
Labeling and packaging changes meant to reduce risk of infection
Friday, November 15, 2013

Obama Nominates Health Care Law Backer to Be Surgeon General
Vivek Murthy, M.D., was an early supporter and advocate for the Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 15, 2013

ACEP: Emergency Care Providers Have Poor Hand Hygiene: Survey
Only one-third of providers say they clean their hands after performing invasive procedures
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan (for a Year)
Proposed change comes amid intense bipartisan pressure for a health-law fix
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Health Care Enrollments Fall Far Short of White House Estimates
Fewer than 27,000 people signed up for insurance through federal exchange in October, officials report
Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Promises on Nov. 30 ACA Website Fix: U.S. Tech Chief
Pressure mounts for solutions to health-law problems as deadline nears
Thursday, November 14, 2013

AAPS: Intravaginal Ring Offers Dual Protection for 90 Days
Ring contains drugs to prevent HIV transmission and pregnancy
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Population Aging Crisis May Have Been Overestimated
Decrease in dependency with threshold as remaining life expectancy of ≤15 years
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Many Would Give Health Plans Private Info to Save Money: Poll
Experts question whether people responding to Harris/HealthDay poll understand broader impact
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations
Early reports find federal and state insurance exchanges attracted low numbers
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Analysis Describes Economic Anatomy of U.S. Health Care
Despite increased resources for U.S. health care, health metrics show U.S. trailing peer nations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Obama 'Sorry' Some People Losing Health Coverage
Website repairs continue amid continued scrutiny of Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 08, 2013

ACAAI: Gelatin Allergy Can Cause Reaction to Flu Shot
Case report describes 4-year-old with adverse response within 15 minutes of receiving flu shot
Friday, November 08, 2013

Telemedicine Represents Enhanced Care Model
Uses technology to provide better health care and more reach, but legal and other concerns exist
Thursday, November 07, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
Trans fats linked to cardiovascular health
Thursday, November 07, 2013

For Hospitalized Adults, Light Inversely Tied to Fatigue, Mood
Pain level positively associated with fatigue, but not directly linked to light exposure
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Amount of Care Similar for Rural, Urban Medicare Users
No difference in amount of health care received or satisfaction with access to care within regions
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sebelius on Exchange Website: 'Delay Is Not an Option'
'A couple of hundred' fixes required, she tells Senate committee
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Senators Seek Answers on Health Marketplace Woes
Medicare chief says HealthCare.gov is secure, site operations are improving
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

One Dose of HPV Vaccine Induces Long-Term Antibodies
Levels are lower than multiple doses but remain stable for at least four years
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Triage System Underperforms in Children With Chronic Illness
Manchester Triage System performance lower for those with versus those without chronic illnesses
Monday, November 04, 2013

Parental Vaccine Acceptance Linked to Provider Communication
Higher odds of resisting recommendations if provider uses participatory versus presumptive format
Monday, November 04, 2013

Six People Signed Up on Day One of Federal Exchange Website
By the end of the second day, 248 people had enrolled for coverage, reports say
Friday, November 01, 2013

FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages
The FDA's strategic plan for drug shortages involves two major strategies
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Top 100 EHR Systems Sorted by Company Revenue
Some companies offer information about their product and services, but most vendors do not
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable' for Website 'Debacle'
HHS Secretary insists the troubled online registration site will be fixed by end of November
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Expedited Review Speeds Approval of New Drugs by FDA
But, drugs are tested in fewer patients, and many questions about safety remain
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 Health Care Quality Report Shows Some Improvements
Medicaid patients are happy with their care; antibiotic overuse still a concern
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Consultant Offers Tips for Training Staff to Use EHR System
Six tips focus on choosing a team, developing a plan, and scheduling regular training and testing
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Agency Chief Apologizes for Federal Website Woes
Head of CMS insists HealthCare.gov will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pediatric Flu Death Also Occurs Without High-Risk Conditions
Children without high-risk conditions more likely to die before hospital admission
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Point-of-Care Xpert MTB/RIF Testing Feasible in Primary Care
No difference in tuberculosis-related morbidity despite more same-day diagnosis, tx initiation
Monday, October 28, 2013

Most Negative Online Posts Aren't Defamation
Physicians should try to reach out to unhappy posters to fix the problem
Friday, October 25, 2013

Many Interns Don't Practice Etiquette-Based Communication
Interns overestimate the extent to which they introduce themselves and their role, sit with patient
Friday, October 25, 2013

Physicians Should Motivate and Retain Top Employees
Article notes that superstar employees are hard to replace
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Penalty Delayed As Federal Exchange Comes Under Fire
Lawmakers demand answers on HealthCare.gov foul-up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Teen Tdap Vaccines May Cut Infant Pertussis Hospitalization
Rates of hospitalizations lower than expected for three of four years after vaccine implementation
Thursday, October 24, 2013

CDC: U.S. Flu Activity Remains Low Through Mid-October
Percent of positive influenza specimens is higher in the Southeast versus rest of the country
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flu Vaccine Linked to Lower Cardiovascular Risk
Effect more pronounced in those with more active coronary disease
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scribes Can Be Beneficial in Medical Practices
Ensure accurate documentation of provider dictates, allowing providers to focus on patient care
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Research Backlog at NIH Due to Shutdown
Labs suffered loss of momentum with their research; grant applications pushed back to November
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled HealthCare.gov Website
But he insists that the health-reform law that created the site is good for the country
Monday, October 21, 2013

Seniors Rarely Consider Switching Medicare Plan, Provider
Despite reporting high satisfaction 59 percent cut spending for unexpected health care costs
Monday, October 21, 2013

Small Businesses Weigh Health Insurance Options
Most features of exchanges rated favorably, but prices for premiums are critical issue
Monday, October 21, 2013

Timing of First Dose of Measles Vaccine Questioned
Greater risk of measles when first dose given earlier
Monday, October 21, 2013

Eye Contact Affects Patients' Perception of Clinician Empathy
Social touch during clinical encounter also important
Friday, October 18, 2013

In Buying Exchange Insurance, It Helps to Have Help
New online marketplaces don't do enough to let consumers weigh their options, experts say
Friday, October 18, 2013

Sebelius: Exchange Launch 'Rockier Than We Would Have Liked'
HHS secretary said improvements under way at HealthCare.gov website
Thursday, October 17, 2013

'Coverage Gap' Likely to Affect 5.2 Million Uninsured Adults
Nationally, about 27 percent of uninsured adults in states without Medicaid expansion will be affected
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Steps Given to Minimize Burden of Prior Authorizations
Use payer's website, not phone; designated staff within practice should handle authorizations
Thursday, October 17, 2013

No Increase in Risky Sex After HIV Prophylaxis
Also no increase seen in sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Be Affected by Federal Debt Default
Failure to raise debt ceiling by Oct. 17 will impact nation's health care programs
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nonprofit U.S. Hospital CEO Compensation Varies Widely
Compensation tied to hospital technology deployment and patient satisfaction
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hospital Care Quality Varies by Insurance Coverage
Medicare patients appear most vulnerable to receiving inferior care
Monday, October 14, 2013

Study Discusses How to Create Value in Insurance Marketplaces
Accrediting bodies play role in performance measures, setting standards, providing feedback
Monday, October 14, 2013

Regional Variation Seen in Medicare ACO Formation
Measures of underlying provider integration may drive accountable care organization formation
Friday, October 11, 2013

'Cyberchondria' Worse in Those Troubled by Uncertainty
For those with fear of uncertainty, greater Internet searching leads to greater health anxiety
Friday, October 11, 2013

Consumers Frustrated With First Days of ACA Exchanges
Three-quarters of those who tried to sign up for insurance reported problems
Friday, October 11, 2013

State-Run Health Exchanges Off to Smoother Start
Experts say that local insurance marketplaces are smaller so problems can be fixed faster
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Antibiotic Resistance Ups Salmonella Hospitalizations
Furloughed agency workers called back to aid investigation into California chicken farm
Thursday, October 10, 2013

ESICM: In Septic Shock, Esmolol Tied to Reduced Heart Rate
Esmolol linked to reduction in heart rates to target levels compared with standard care
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

AAFP Urges Congress to End Federal Government Shutdown
Shutdown is putting health of public at risk, with no impact on ACA funding
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Greater Potential for Health Gains From Delayed Aging
Yet most medical research remains focused on fighting individual diseases
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

ESICM: Hypothermia Not Beneficial in Severe Meningitis
Increased risk of mortality for patients with community-acquired bacterial meningitis
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage Vary by State
States can tailor outreach efforts for coverage expansion to match the needs of their uninsured
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Patient Satisfaction Is Poor Measure of Hospital Quality
And busier hospitals tend to perform better
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Confusion Still Surrounds ACA Health Insurance Exchanges
However, Gallup poll suggests most will get insurance by December rather than pay a fine
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Both Patients and Doctors Tend to Be Creatures of Habit
Physicians can be reluctant to go against established grain
Monday, October 07, 2013

Design and Software Problems Plague Health Exchanges
Efforts to improve the federal registration website are under way, officials say
Monday, October 07, 2013

IDSA: Universal Glove, Gown Use Doesn't Cut MRSA, VRE in ICU
Wearing gloves and gowns for all patient contact in ICU doesn't reduce acquisition of MRSA or VRE
Monday, October 07, 2013

Senators Request Delay in Transition to Meaningful Use 2
Noting that many providers and EHR vendors are not ready, senators ask for one-year delay
Monday, October 07, 2013

U.S. Health Exchange Website Faced Intermittent Shutdowns
HealthCare.gov offline after 1 a.m. ET a few hours each night this past weekend
Monday, October 07, 2013

Two-Dose Vaccination Program Cuts Varicella Incidence
Varicella incidence, hospitalizations, outbreaks all have declined since program initiation
Monday, October 07, 2013

Majority of Physicians Concerned About Future of Medicine
But most surveyed doctors also report being satisfied with practice of medicine
Friday, October 04, 2013

Number of EMR Functions Linked to Physician Stress
Physicians with moderate versus low number of EMR functions report more stress, less satisfaction
Friday, October 04, 2013

Patient Portal Market Earned $279.8 Million in 2012
In the next five years, market is expected to reach $898.4, mainly driven by stage 2 meaningful use
Friday, October 04, 2013

IDSA: Antibiotics Still Overused in Bronchitis, Sore Throats
Two studies show antibiotic prescribed for most cases of acute bronchitis, sore throats in U.S. adults
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Impact of Shutdown on Docs, Patients Discussed
Meaningful use incentives unlikely to be affected; Medicare reimbursements will continue in short term
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Glitches Still Dog Online Health Exchanges
Officials work to correct problems, speed up capacity
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fallout From Increase in High-Deductible Plans Examined
Increase likely with ACA implementation; research will aid creation of more sophisticated system
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Demand for Doctors Remained High in 2012
Physician recruiters from 156 organizations conducted nearly 5,000 active searches in 2012
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Expanding Scope of Nurse Practitioners Practice Discussed
Non-physician practitioners can ease burden on physicians; valuable in team-based care model
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacting Health Care Agencies
Activities that relate to safety of human life and protection of property will not be affected
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Technical Problems Still Vex Day 2 of ACA Exchange Rollout
Federal officials remind consumers that enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

AMA: More Than Half of Doctors Self-Employed in 2012
Less than one-quarter work in practices that are at least partially owned by hospitals
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technological Advances in Health Care for Google, Apple
Google launches company that will research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technical Glitches Mar Affordable Care Act Exchange Debut
Consumers are reminded that insurance enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Poor Performance Triggering EMR Switch for Small Practices
Small physicians practices leaving vendors as software systems fail to meet expectations
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Many Health Care Professionals Oppose ACA Proposals
Despite recognizing benefits, 56 percent oppose most, if not all, proposals in law
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Affordable Care Act Exchanges Are Up and Running
'Obamacare' marketplaces open amid some technical problems and a government shutdown
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Lower National Health Spending Due to Slow Economy
Over the period of 2012 to 2022, national health spending expected to grow at 5.8 percent annually
Monday, September 30, 2013

Only One-Third of Voters Think Congress Should Delay ACA
About half of voters will blame the Republicans 'a lot' if the government shuts down
Monday, September 30, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Still Run If Government Shuts Down
But other programs could be curtailed, according to contingency plans
Monday, September 30, 2013

DOL Clarifies Employer Health Insurance Notification Duty
Companies should provide notification to employees by Oct. 1, but no fines for failing to do so
Monday, September 30, 2013

Non-Medical Exemptions One Factor in Pertussis Resurgence
Spatial clustering of NMEs seen in California in 2010; linked with clusters of pertussis cases
Monday, September 30, 2013

Modifiable Factors ID'd for Reducing Surgical Site Infections
Prescreening programs and mupirocin ointment plus chlorhexidine soap/shower may reduce SSIs
Monday, September 30, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: ACA Impact on Medicare Recipients Unclear
Seniors may not grasp effects of health care reform
Friday, September 27, 2013

Health Worker Roles Impacted When 'Undervalued' by Patients
Frustrations can affect both performance and pay
Friday, September 27, 2013

Practical Tips Offered for Medical Employee Satisfaction
Training, respect, and reward go a long way
Friday, September 27, 2013

Rates of Severe and Fatal Maternal Sepsis Up in the U.S.
Severe sepsis frequently occurs in the absence of a known risk factor
Friday, September 27, 2013

CDC: Flu Shot Coverage of Health Care Personnel Increasing
CDC finds that easy access to vaccination appears to be a motivator
Thursday, September 26, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Medicaid Expansion Will Up Coverage
Many will benefit, but some will still fall through the cracks
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Antibiotic Protocol Selects Against Drug Resistance
Treatment cycles between compatible antibiotics
Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Options, Lower Premiums With Insurance Exchanges
HHS report finds health insurance premiums will be even less than expected
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Exchanges Offer Options for the Uninsured
Tax credits will benefit low and moderate earners
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ACP Provides Overview of Health Insurance Marketplaces
Ahead of enrollment, overview discusses implications for patients and physicians
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Survey Tool Predicts Immunization Status
Parent Attitudes About Childhood Vaccines survey reliably predicts vaccine hesitancy
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Reform a Mixed Bag for Workers
Those with job-based coverage can expect some changes
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Gives Final Guidance on Mobile Medical App Oversight
Oversight will be focused on medical apps that could potentially pose greater risk to patients
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Unlike Adults, No Decline Seen in MRSA Infections in Children
Invasive infection disproportionately affects young infants and black children in the U.S.
Monday, September 23, 2013

Infectious Endocarditis Risk ID'd in Congenital Heart Disease
Risk of IE 6.1 per 1,000 children; predictors include cyanotic CHD, endocardial cushion defects
Monday, September 23, 2013

FDA Issues Final Rule for Device Identification System
The unique device identification system will improve patient safety, catalogue every device
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Young People Likely to Be Key to Success
However, only about one-quarter of young adults are aware of health insurance exchanges
Monday, September 23, 2013

HFES: Multi-Tasking Can Impair Diagnostic Performance
Performing concurrent complex memorization task has negative impact of diagnostic performance
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Exchanges Going Into Effect
Coverage could start as early as January 2014
Monday, September 23, 2013

Monitoring Ups Adherence to Antiretroviral Prophylaxis
Active monitoring and counseling helps protect partner from HIV in serodiscordant couples
Friday, September 20, 2013

Millions Are Harmed by Unsafe Medical Care Each Year
About two-thirds of adverse events occur in low-income and middle-income countries
Thursday, September 19, 2013

EHR Systems Meeting Meaningful Use Criteria Beneficial
Most systems meet criteria; linked to time savings, reports of enhanced confidentiality
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Enhanced Care Program Set Up at Six Mayo Clinic Hospitals
Program supplements usual care with computerized system that monitors patient's condition
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

More Than 1.6 Million Americans Expected to Get Cancer in 2013
Despite increased number of survivors due to progress in research, >500,000 expected to die
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CDC Report Sheds Light on Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Misuse of antibiotics leading contributor to problem
Monday, September 16, 2013

Kids With Neuro Disorders No More Likely to Get Flu Vaccine
Despite high risk for complications, only about half of children with neuro disorders are vaccinated
Monday, September 16, 2013

More Than 150 Measles Cases in U.S. Through August 2013
82 percent of cases among unvaccinated; 9 percent in those with unknown vaccination status
Monday, September 16, 2013

High Burden of Endocarditis in Older Adults
But guidelines restricting antibiotic prophylaxis have not raised endocarditis mortality
Friday, September 13, 2013

Community-Level Intervention Cuts Antibiotic Prescribing
But does not influence knowledge and attitudes about correct antibiotic use
Friday, September 13, 2013

Nearly a Third of Vaccines at Pharmacies Given Off-Hours
Working-age, healthy, males are particularly likely to receive vaccines during off-clinic hours
Friday, September 13, 2013

Most Children in U.S. Receiving Recommended Vaccinations
Sustained coverage needed to keep disease burden low
Thursday, September 12, 2013

U.K. Nursing Students Report Seeing Lax Infection Control
Survey finds community settings, long-term care facilities for elderly most likely to lack compliance
Thursday, September 12, 2013

About Half of Health Care Providers Are 'Digital Omnivores'
Use tablet, smartphone, and laptop/desktop; prefer mobile devices for all tasks
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

'Meaningful Use' Achievement Not Uniform Across Hospitals
Critical-access, smaller, publicly-owned or nonprofit hospitals most at risk for 2015 penalties
Monday, September 09, 2013

Social Networking Can Help to Improve HIV Prevention
Delivery of information about HIV to at-risk men via Facebook increases home-based HIV testing
Monday, September 09, 2013

CDC: U.S. Drinking Water Sanitation Still a Concern
More than 1,000 sickened via drinking water-associated outbreaks in recent years
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Major Health Care-Linked Infections Cost $9.8 Billion
Bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, surgical site infections most costly
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

AAP Updates Recommendations for Flu Prevention in Children
Annual universal immunization indicated with either trivalent or quadrivalent vaccine
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Immunization Schedules Don't Impact PCV13 Immunogenicity
For most serotypes, no significant difference for PCV vaccine administered in four schedules
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Male-Female Physician Earnings Gap Has Persisted for 20 Years
No significant difference in the adjusted earnings of female physicians relative to males since 1987
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Docs' Confidence in Diagnosis Unrelated to Diagnostic Accuracy
Vignette study shows little difference in confidence for cases diagnosed correctly, incorrectly
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Workaholics Have Poorer Physical and Mental Health
Working more than 50 hours per week linked to reduced physical and mental well-being
Monday, September 02, 2013

Employer-Based Health Insurance Premiums Rose Modestly in 2013
Smaller firms and those with many lower-wage workers asking beneficiary to pay more
Monday, September 02, 2013

Most Head, Neck Surgeons Discuss Risk Factors, HPV
Express support for activities to educate, increase awareness, advocate for HPV-related health policy
Friday, August 30, 2013

CDC: Most Teen Immunizations on the Rise
But room for improvement still exists
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oral Fluconazole in Pregnancy Not Linked to Most Birth Defects
Usual low doses appear safe, but may confer increased risk of tetralogy of Fallot
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate
Individual mandate starting in 2014; individuals expected to carry health insurance or get fined
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations
Reduced spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily improved quality
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Severe Gastroenteritis Down in Older Children and Adults
Implementation of infant rotavirus vaccination in the U.S. in 2006 has reduced the burden of disease
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More Pediatric HIV Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy
Rates of viremia, immunosuppression higher for older pediatric HIV cases, blacks, Hispanics
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed
Considerable disparities linked to geographic location, demographics; many can be prevented
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients
Ethical, legal, financial, professional implications for docs; communication key during transition
Monday, August 19, 2013

HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators
Navigators will need to complete initial and ongoing training, renew certification annually
Monday, August 19, 2013

FDA: Fluoroquinolones May Cause Irreversible Nerve Damage
Risk applies only to those taken by mouth or injection
Friday, August 16, 2013

IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care
Sessions describe their roles in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, value improvement
Friday, August 16, 2013

CDC Says U.S. Has Improved in Detection of Hep C Infection
Many patients, however, are tested only when symptoms arise
Friday, August 16, 2013

CDC: Outbreaks of Severe Form of Conjunctivitis Reported
Infections may be transmitted in ophthalmologic settings
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences
Patient knowledge, skills, and confidence influences response from the provider
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care
Physician unsure that benefits of EMRs outweigh costs, have little confidence in transition to ICD-10
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude
Link between verbal abuse and job satisfaction, organizational commitment, intent to stay
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration
Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare will include patient organizations, docs, nurse, PA
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information
Exchange of clinical care summaries and medication lists remains limited
Monday, August 12, 2013

Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals
Medical center-based farmers market can contribute to patient-centered care
Monday, August 12, 2013

ASA: Working Moms Experience More Stresses Than Dads
For mothers, job-linked concerns spill over into free time; thinking about family matters tied to stress
Monday, August 12, 2013

Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated
Exposed personnel should be provided with close follow-up, including counseling, HIV testing
Monday, August 12, 2013

Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing
Changing defensive practices must target physicians' underlying malpractice concerns
Friday, August 09, 2013

Probiotic Preparation Doesn't Cut Antibiotic-Linked Diarrhea
Multi-strain preparation of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria not effective in older inpatients
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Review Looks at Antibiotic Rx in Ambulatory Settings
More than one-fourth of prescriptions are for conditions in which antibiotics are rarely indicated
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2
Letter to HHS expresses concern about readiness for stage 2; urges flexibility in adoption
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spread Regionally Through Hospitals
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci increase at one hospital increases prevalence in other hospitals
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

FDA Approves Shipping of Fluarix Quadrivalent Vaccine
GlaxoSmithKline vaccine is first quadrivalent flu vaccine; 10 million doses expected to be provided
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Participation Increases in Online CME Activities
In 2012, 82 percent of accredited CME activities did not receive commercial support
Monday, August 05, 2013

MMR, DTaP, Varicella Vaccine Coverage Close to 95 Percent
Median total of exemption rates 1.8 percent for children entering kindergarten in 2012 to 2013
Monday, August 05, 2013

ASID: Doctors May Be to Blame for Antimicrobial Resistance
Five experts discuss the roles of animals, airlines, doctors, drug companies, nursing homes
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Health 'Mutual Accountability' Pilot Program Launching
MedEncentive's health outcomes/costs improvement program to be tested over three years in Oklahoma
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reversal of Medical Practices Common Over Past Decade
Over 40 percent of studies that tested current practice led to medical reversal
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review Explores HPV Link to Higher Risk of Esophageal Cancer
Meta-analysis shows a three-fold increased risk
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

No Change in HPV Vaccine Coverage for Teen Girls in 2012
Increase reported from 2007 to 2011, not from 2011 to 2012; evidence indicates HPV4 is safe
Monday, July 29, 2013

FDA Updates Oral Nizoral Label to Reflect Safety Concerns
Concerns include severe liver injuries and adrenal gland problems, harmful drug interactions
Monday, July 29, 2013

Maternal Infection Rates Vary Considerably Among Hospitals
Rates vary from 1.0 to 14.4 percent; about 15 percent of variation due to hospital features
Friday, July 26, 2013

Automated EHRs Improve Immunization Reporting
Reductions seen in historical lag time associated with submitted vaccination data
Friday, July 26, 2013

CDC: U.S. Patients Suffering Tropical Infection
CDC investigating possible causes of cyclosporiasis outbreak
Thursday, July 25, 2013

IOM Confirms Geographic Variation in Health Spending
Geographically-based value index unlikely to be beneficial; decision making occurs at individual level
Thursday, July 25, 2013

HPV Vaccine Effective Against Oral Infections
Vaccine may play role in the primary prevention of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Docs Need to Follow Patients' Lead, Embrace Social Media
As more patients discuss, manage their health care online, doctors need to make use of social media
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

U.S. Physicians Not Supportive of Changes in Payment Models
Although docs agree on need to reduce costs, most don't want to eliminate fee-for-service approach
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Maternal Health Behaviors Affect Teen Boys' HPV4 Uptake
Findings underscore importance of targeting maternal health behaviors to prevent HPV
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarette Regulation Discussed
Two editorials discuss implications of regulations of ECs as medicinal devices in U.S., Europe
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tablets Help Physicians Keep Up With Medical Research
Smartphones mainly used to access drug information, to access research, communicate
Monday, July 22, 2013

Premiums Expected to Be About 20 Percent Lower in 2014
Proposed premiums for 2014 lower than expected for individual market and small group market
Monday, July 22, 2013

Top Challenges for Docs Include Financial Management
Challenges include shifting reimbursement models, insufficient time with patients, ACA effects
Friday, July 19, 2013

Missed Diagnoses, Med Errors Most Common Malpractice Claims
Missed diagnosis represents 26 to 63 percent of all primary care claims across included studies
Friday, July 19, 2013

Financial Incentives Can Drive Health IT Adoption
Financial incentives increased e-prescribing use even among existing users
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ISSTDR: Two New Treatment Options for Gonorrhea
Two combinations based on existing drugs show promise for gonorrhea treatment
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Could Benefit Docs
However, proposed implementation of sustainable growth rate formula threatens primary care
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

In U.K., Experts Call for HPV Vaccination for Young Gay Men
Vaccination of men, up to age 26 years, who have sex with men advised to prevent anal cancer
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

EHRs May Slow Growth in Ambulatory Health Care Costs
Among projected savings are significant decreases in ambulatory radiology costs
Monday, July 15, 2013

AMA Offers Guidance for Improving EHR Effectiveness
Policies established to help docs navigate patient communication while using electronic devices
Friday, July 12, 2013

Physicians Frustrated by Third-Party Interference
Frustrations vary for those employed in hospitals/institutions or in practice, partners
Friday, July 12, 2013

Grants of $150 Million for Community Health Centers
Walgreen Co. to distribute brochures to inform consumers about health law, obtaining coverage
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Health Searches May Be Leaked to Third Parties
Third-party tracking generally not present on government or physician-oriented sites
Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Adults Value Health Care Provider Skill Evaluation
Most adults feel health care providers who treat them should adhere to a recertification program
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Docs Don't Often Talk to Patients About Dietary Supplements
Primary care docs discuss dietary supplements with patients in about one-quarter of visits
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors
Blood donations down about 10 percent in June; 50,000 fewer donations than expected
Thursday, July 11, 2013

One in Five U.S. Adults Will Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills
In 2013, 10 million adults with year-round health insurance expected to have bills they can't pay
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Operating Room Wait Time Increases Infection Risk
In spine surgery, preoperative in-room time is independent factor for surgical site infection
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Prevalence of Oral HPV Infection Low in Healthy Men
Incidence of oral infection with oncogenic human papilloma virus higher in smokers and single men
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones for Docs Using EHRs
Fifty-one percent of tablet users access EHRs, compared with 7 percent of smartphone users
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplaces Not Required to Verify Claims
Due to legislative and operational barriers, they can rely on self-reported information
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Improvement Needed in Drug Post-Marketing Studies
Many studies have not yet been started and studies with delays have doubled
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Digital Divide Plagues Underserved Areas
Lower adoption of EHRs seen in underserved areas across the United States
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Adoption of Electronic Health Records Is Progressing
In 2012, 44 percent of hospitals have an EHR; 42 percent implement stage 1 meaningful use
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Practices Are Not Ready for Implementation of ICD-10
Only 4.8 percent of practices report significant progress or are ready for implementation
Monday, July 08, 2013

Decrease in Beach Closing/Advisory Days in 2012
More than 80 percent of closings and advisories due to bacteria levels in beachwater
Thursday, July 04, 2013

Ice Pops Can Cause False-Positive Galactomannan Test
Case described of women with false-positive test for galactomannan after eating flavored ice pops
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Obama Administration: ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed
Major news out of the White House: the delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Early Respiratory Infections Linked to Type 1 Diabetes Risk
Infections in the first year of life linked to increased risk of islet autoantibody conversion
Monday, July 01, 2013

Delayed Skin Closure May Reduce Surgical Infection
May reduce risk in contaminated and dirty abdominal incisions, but current studies not definitive
Friday, June 28, 2013

Avoidable Health Care Costs Exceed $200 Billion in 2012
Progress being made, with increases in meds adherence, use of generics, drop in antibiotics Rx
Friday, June 28, 2013

Bipartisan Recommendations Can Strengthen Health System
Recommendations related to Medicare, tax policy reform, preventive care, empowering states
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Adults With Chronic Conditions Earn C+ for Meds Adherence
Twenty-four percent completely adherent; about half have two or more non-adherent behaviors
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HHS Launches Insurance Marketplace Website, Call Center
Initiatives form part of consumer-focused education effort to help prepare for enrollment
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

8.5 Million Enrollees to Receive Health Insurance Rebates
Rebates averaging $100 per family to be paid as part of ACA '80/20' rule
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Publicly Reported Mortality Predicts Hospital Performance
Hospitals with high performance on publicly reported index conditions have lower overall death rate
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

USPSTF Endorses HCV Screen for High-Risk, Baby Boomers
In addition to screening high-risk adults, one-time screening recommended for those born 1945-65
Monday, June 24, 2013

Guide Issued for Tying Primary Care to Regional Organizations
AHRQ guide will help assess readiness for linking EHRs to regional health information organizations
Monday, June 24, 2013

AAP Calls for Formal Planning in HIV Care Transitions
Policy statement provides guidance in planning transition from pediatric to adult HIV care
Monday, June 24, 2013

Survival of England's National Health Service Questioned
Financial austerity, administrative reorganization, report of shortcomings have caused turmoil in NHS
Monday, June 24, 2013

CDC: Flu Vaccine Option Available for People With Egg Allergy
CDC advisory committee recommends FluBlok for people aged 18 to 49 with egg allergy or sensitivity
Friday, June 21, 2013

AHRQ Offers Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events
Strategies provided for stages of ordering, transcribing, dispensing, administration of meds
Friday, June 21, 2013

HPV Antibodies Signal Higher Risk for Oropharyngeal Cancer
Seropositivity more likely in prediagnostic sera from oropharyngeal cancer patients than controls
Thursday, June 20, 2013

CMS Implementing Physician Quality Reporting System
System offers incentives to physicians and practices that submit data on quality measures
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obesity Is a Disease, Says American Medical Association
New designation may intensify focus on prevention and treatment
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Flu Shot Averted About 13 Million Illnesses Over Six Years
Vaccines also averted over 100,000 influenza-related hospitalizations from 2005 to 2011
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Practices Are Not Prepared for Implementation of ICD-10
Problems include lack of response from vendors, lags in internal software testing, external testing
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Person-to-Person Transmission of MERS-CoV Identified
Person-to-person transmission noted in 21 of 23 cases of health care-associated infections
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed
Potential to increase access to and delivery of health care in developed, developing world
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement
Farzad Mostashari urges physicians to redesign care flow to maximize productivity of EHRs
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines
Rule focuses on integrity of state Marketplaces; aims to safeguard federal funds, protect consumers
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Penicillin Skin Testing Can ID Tolerance to β-Lactam Agents
Patients with reported history of penicillin allergy with negative PST tolerate β-lactam therapy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

State-Based Health Care Price Websites Lacking
Greater focus needed on pricing for predictable, non-urgent services subject to deductibles
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.
In 2012, 6.6 percent of children, 26.4 percent of 19- to 25-year-olds uninsured at time of interview
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unauthorized Immigrants Make Up 1.4% U.S. Medical Spending
Infectious disease services, participation in insurance marketplaces may aid access to care
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Some Antibiotics Up Risk of Statin Toxicity in Older Adults
Clarithromycin, erythromycin increase risk for statin toxicity; coprescription should be avoided
Monday, June 17, 2013

FDA Discusses Cybersecurity for Medical Devices, Hospitals
Medical device manufacturers and health care facilities should take appropriate preventive action
Monday, June 17, 2013

New Treatments Outperforming Placebo Becoming Less Common
Comparative effectiveness studies may be needed
Friday, June 14, 2013

School-Based Flu Vaccinations Cost-Effective
Future work needs to be done on improving delivery efficiencies to further reduce costs
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Many People Don't Wash Hands Well After Using Bathroom
In college town environment, more men don't wash hands at all, or wash without soap
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Survey Examines Physician Satisfaction With EHRs
About one-quarter of practices have no EHR; more than half of adopters report increased efficiency
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Use of EHRs Can Enhance Doc-Patient Communication
EHR use during clinical encounters can invite patients into participatory model of care
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Most Doctors Feel They Are Under-Using Mobile Apps
Most favor iPhones, tablets/iPads; most would use additional functionalities if they were available
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

APIC: CDC Develops Toolkit to Assist With Patient Notification
Toolkit includes resources to help notify patients after potential exposure to infectious organisms
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

APIC: Manual Cleaning of Endoscopes Ineffective
Duodenoscopes and gastroscopes have highest failure rate
Monday, June 10, 2013

CDC: Multistate Hepatitis A Virus Outbreak Reported
Illness possibly related to "Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend" frozen berry, pomegranate mix
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Surgical Site Infections in Pediatric Scoliosis Reviewed
Infection rates higher after surgical procedures for non-idiopathic versus idiopathic scoliosis
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Secondhand Smoke Impacts Infants With Family Hx of Atopy
SHS linked to longer hospital stay for infants with lower respiratory tract infection, familial atopy
Thursday, June 06, 2013

HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers
New health insurance choices will be available in most states via Health Insurance Marketplaces
Thursday, June 06, 2013

One-Third of Women Willing to Delay Rx for Suspected UTI
In majority of women willing to delay antibiotics, symptoms spontaneously resolve within one week
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

CDC: Listeria Mainly Affects Old, Pregnant, Immunocompromised
About 20 percent of infections result in death, mainly among elderly and as stillbirth/miscarriage
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Few Physicians Meeting Meaningful Use in Early 2012
Managing patient populations with electronic systems not easy for many physicians
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Twitter Analysis Can Inform Vaccination Campaigns
Most medical information shared on Twitter is from substantiated, professional sources
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Blood Transfusions in Cardiac Surgery May Up Infections
Each unit of RBCs transfused linked with 29 percent increase in risk of major post-op infection
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills
Decrease in adults (<65 years) and children in families with difficulty paying medical bills
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Religious Vaccine Exemptions Increasing in New York State
Second study supports immunization at sick visits rather than waiting for well-baby visits
Monday, June 03, 2013

Health of Nation Reviewed With Focus on Emergency Care
Twenty percent of people reported visiting emergency department at least once in last year
Monday, June 03, 2013

Exserohilum rostratum Can Relapse After Antifungal Tx
80-year-old man relapses after antifungal therapy, resolution of symptoms and CSF white-cell count
Friday, May 31, 2013

Double-Dose Oseltamivir Not Beneficial in Severe Influenza
No virological or clinical advantage compared with standard-dose treatment for children, adults
Friday, May 31, 2013

Patients Who Share in Care Decisions May Up Costs of Care
Hospitalized patients who preferred to be involved in care decisions had longer stays and higher costs
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lactobacilli May Inhibit Pathogen for Vaginal Infections
Various strains of lactobacilli alter the adhesive properties of Trichomonas vaginalis
Thursday, May 30, 2013

One-Third of Medical Students Have Implicit Anti-Fat Bias
Most are unaware of their significant implicit bias, although it could affect quality of care
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Antiviral Resistance Identified in Novel Flu A/H7N9
In case series of 14 patients, two identified with Arg292 Lys mutation in virus neuraminidase gene
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Universal Decolonization Better for Preventing Infections
Drop in rate of all bloodstream infections versus targeted decolonization, screening and isolation
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Doc Passengers Assist in Half of In-Flight Medical Emergencies
Most common in-flight medical problems syncope, respiratory symptoms, nausea and vomiting
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Billions Can Be Saved With Pharmacy Benefit Management
Strategies include use of generic drugs, affordable brands, negotiation of pharmacy dispensing fee
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Vaccine for Enterovirus-71 Effective Against Disease
Ninety percent efficacy against hand, foot, mouth disease; 80.4 percent against EV71-linked disease
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Transparency Key to Improving Value Care for Patients
Data on price, utilization, and quality should be made publicly available to ensure greater value
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

HHS: End-of-2013 Targets for EHR Use Already Reached
>50 percent of doctor offices, 80 percent of eligible hospitals using electronic health records
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ACOG Endorses CDC Vaccine Recommendations in Pregnancy
Given newborn's vulnerability to pertussis, Tdap vaccine recommended during each pregnancy
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Docs Anticipating Changes Ahead As ACA Progresses
Most expect ACA to continue as planned; expect further integration for themselves, hospitals
Monday, May 27, 2013

About One in Four Uninsured Could Be Excluded From ACA
Twenty-seven percent of those eligible for assistance tax credits do not have checking account
Friday, May 24, 2013

Data Support Basing Health Decisions on Both Benefit, Cost
Health care cost varies from $2 to $224 per month of health status-adjusted life expectancy
Friday, May 24, 2013

Fecal Microbiota Tx Feasible for Recurrent C. difficile in HIV
Observation from two patients shows no further recurrence of C. difficile after fecal transplant
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Systematic Screening of Med Adherence Will ID Barriers
Tailored interventions will be feasible following systematic monitoring of adherence
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CDC: High Number of Public Pools Contain Microbes
Indicates a need for better swimmer hygiene and maintenance of public health standards
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Early Prone Positioning Reduces Mortality in ARDS
Significant reductions in 28- and 90-day mortality in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome
Monday, May 20, 2013

Digital Divide Exists With Physician EHR Adoption
Adopters found to be optimistic about IT's potential, while non-adopters remain skeptical
Monday, May 20, 2013

Whole-Cell Pertussis Vaccines More Effective Protection
Teens who received DTaP have significantly higher risk of developing pertussis during outbreak
Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: In-Hospital Antibiotic Rx Behavior Can Be Improved
Meta-analyses show that restrictive and persuasive methods improve prescribing in hospital setting
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Guidelines Issued to Prevent Infection With Dental Work
Three recommendations to prevent orthopedic implant infection for patients having dental work
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Specific Antibiograms Needed for Outpatients in Primary Care
Differences in susceptibility to ciprofloxacin among P. aeruginosa for inpatients, primary care
Friday, May 10, 2013

With Suspected TB, Behavioral Support Curbs Smoking
Behavioral support with or without bupropion better than usual care for smoking abstinence
Friday, May 10, 2013

User Satisfaction With Electronic Health Records Down
Twelve percent decrease in user satisfaction since 2010; increase in very dissatisfied users
Friday, May 10, 2013

Poor Service, Bedside Manner Top Patients' Online Complaints
Review of 'rate-your-doctor' websites reveals patients' most common gripes
Friday, May 10, 2013

Smartphones, Smartphone Apps Increasingly Used by Docs
Two reports show use of smartphones and apps for professional purposes is increasing
Thursday, May 09, 2013

HHS Releases Data on Inpatient Charges for Hospital Services
HHS is also providing funding to data centers to collate, analyze, publish data to assist consumers
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Only Half Newly Reported HCV Cases Receiving Follow-Up Test
HCV antibody positivity and HCV RNA positivity more likely among those born from 1945 to 1965
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Application for Health Coverage Has Been Simplified, Shortened
First-time consumers will be able to complete one three-page application, see all available options
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

PAS: Children With Strep Don't Need to Toss Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes from children with GAS did not show GAS bacterial growth
Monday, May 06, 2013

Patients Most Annoyed by Long Waits, Unclear Test Results
Survey regarding doctor's office grievances identifies patients' top pet peeves
Friday, May 03, 2013

Medicaid Coverage Doesn't Lead to Better Physical Health
After two years, no reductions noted in measured BP, cholesterol, or glycated hemoglobin levels
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Health Industry Payment Details to Be Publicly Available
New CMS website will detail financial ties between drug, device manufacturers and docs, hospitals
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Penicillin Prophylaxis Prevents Recurrent Leg Cellulitis
Protective effect disappears after stopping treatment
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Azithromycin Not Tied to Increased Risk of CV Death
Versus no antibiotics, penicillin; based on a general population of young, middle-aged adults
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Renewed Efforts From AAFP to Repeal OTC Provision in ACA
Provision will increase costs to health care system; add to burden on physician offices
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Non-Inferior Response With Two-Dose HPV Vaccine
Non-inferior antibody response one month after last dose for girls receiving two or three doses
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

USPSTF Recommends Universal HIV Screening From Age 15 to 65
Grade A recommendations include screening older and younger at-risk individuals, pregnant women
Monday, April 29, 2013

FDA Announces New Network to Focus Exclusively on Patients
Interactive tool designed to educate patients and advocates about processes of drug development
Monday, April 29, 2013

Medical Interns Spending Less Time With Patients
More time being spent at a computer since work hours were limited in 2011
Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday Marks Sixth Annual Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Collection sites will be available around the country
Friday, April 26, 2013

Device Detects Blood Fungal Infections Rapidly
Portable device detects Candida bloodstream infections accurately
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Physicians Less Empathetic in Talking to Heavy Patients
Patient weight plays no role in quantity of physicians' biomedical communications
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Natural Ventilation Effective in 'Nightingale' Wards
Small extractor fans added to naturally-ventilated hospital wards can improve ventilation year round
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Impact of Childhood Bacterial Meningitis Lasts Into Adulthood
Bacterial meningitis in childhood linked to lower education attainment, economic self-sufficiency
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Diagnostic Errors Are the Leading Type of Malpractice Claim
Diagnosis-related payments from 1986 to 2010 totaled $38.8 billion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

>40 Percent of Parents Give Cough Meds to Young Children
Despite warning label that products should not be used for young children, many parents give meds
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pediatric HIV Antiretroviral Treatment Cardioprotective
Long-term highly active antiretroviral therapy associated with improved cardiac function
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Drop in Genital Warts in Young Women Since HPV Vaccination
Five years into vaccination program, proportion of young women ≤30 years with genital warts down
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TEDMED: Patients Can Become Leaders on the Health Team
Communities can raise their own leaders; may be key approach to change at community level
Monday, April 22, 2013

TEDMED: Get the Joy Back Into Health and Wellness
Surgeon General talks about importance of bringing joy back into movement and medicine
Monday, April 22, 2013

HPV Exposure in Family, School Linked to Wart Development
Increased risk with white skin, and for children with family members, classmates with warts
Monday, April 22, 2013

Patient-Centered Decision Making Ups Health Outcomes
Health care outcomes improved for 71 percent of contextual factors that were addressed by PCDM
Friday, April 19, 2013

Family-Centered Teaching Rounds Good for Patients, Students
Higher patient satisfaction with exam room presentations; many residents have concerns
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Relative Proportion of MRSA Increasing in S. aureus Isolates
Methicillin-sensitive S. aureus becoming more resistant to antibiotics
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Community Benefit Spending Varies for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
Most spent on charity care, patient services; less spent on community health improvement
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Glutamine, Antioxidants No Benefit to Critically Ill Patients
Glutamine linked to increase in 28-day mortality among critically ill adults with multiorgan failure
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Speech Details Practices to Improve U.S. Health Systems
Mayo Clinic CEO outlines key steps to create high-quality, low-cost care in America
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ohio Girl's Death Shows Need for Catch-Up Vaccinations
Otherwise healthy youngster succumbs to varicella infection, CDC report shows
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Variation Seen in U.S. Antibiotic Prescription Rates
Higher rates of prescriptions for children, older patients, as well as those in the South
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Combo Treatment Effective for Cryptococcal Meningitis
Treatment with amphotericin B plus flucytosine improves survival versus amphotericin B alone
Thursday, April 04, 2013

HIV Self-Testing Strategies Highly Acceptable
Preferred over facility-based testing, more likely to result in partner self-testing
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Tonsillectomy Benefits Adults With Recurrent Pharyngitis
Study patients report improved quality of life, fewer days absent from work or school
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Varicella Vaccine Is Effective, Lasting Over 14-Year Period
Average incidence of chicken pox is nine- to 10-fold lower for vaccinated children
Monday, April 01, 2013

Many Uninsured Vets Will Be Eligible for Medicaid Under ACA
But most of uninsured will have new coverage options only if their state expands Medicaid
Friday, March 29, 2013

Viral DNA-Based Testing Can Triage Women With Abnormal Pap
Research shows it's better than repeat cytology in identifying patients at high risk for cervical cancer
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Using Internet Search Logs Can Help Identify Drug Interactions
Tool may alert authorities to potential problems and aid in surveillance of adverse events
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Study: Primary Care Extension Program Should Be Funded
Authors say PCEP important to improving public health, translating research into practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Regional Variation Noted in Prevalence of Delayed Care
Populations in counties with high prevalence likely to be Hispanic, have low income, chronic disease
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Inpatient Deaths Fell by 8 Percent in Last Decade
But total number of hospitalizations increased by 11 percent
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MRSA Colonization in Groin Tied to Clinical Infections
Findings among HIV-infected patients suggest prevention strategies needed
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FDA Approves Inhaler for Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Antibiotic device treats Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections
Monday, March 25, 2013

AHA: Active Docs More Likely to Advise Patients to Be Active
Review sees link between health care providers' physical activity level, counseling offered
Friday, March 22, 2013

Mobility Impaired May Have Difficulty Accessing Docs
Inability to transfer patient from wheelchair to examination bed most commonly reported issue
Friday, March 22, 2013

Impact of Budget Sequestration on Health Care Discussed
Cuts will not be equal: Medicaid protected; 2 percent cut for Medicare; 8.2 percent cut for NIH
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Effect of Immigration Status on Medicaid Eligibility Discussed
Seventeen percent of low-income, uninsured nonelderly are unauthorized or recently legal
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ER Discharge Dx/Disposition Discordant With Chief Complaint
Presenting complaints don't differ amongst patients needing primary care, urgent care, hospital admission
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Common at 2011 AAOS Meeting
All featured symposia at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons disclosed conflicts
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Final Rule in Notice of Benefit, Payment Parameters Issued
Rule expands on existing standards for risk adjustment, reinsurance, risk corridors
Friday, March 15, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Will Mainly Be Run by Feds
Federal government will establish exchanges for 26 states; state-run exchanges for 17 states, D.C.
Friday, March 15, 2013

Preventive Measures Not Enough to Combat C. difficile
Most facilities have introduced stronger measures, but less than half report decrease in CDI rates
Thursday, March 14, 2013

FDA Reaffirms Azithromycin Tie to Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
Drug label has been updated to strengthen Warnings and Precautions section
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2009 H1N1 Vaccine Tied to Small Risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
Small but significant increase in risk with influenza (H1N1) 2009 monovalent inactivated vaccine
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

$120 Million to Be Sequestered From Health Centers in 2013
Losses likely to be more severe for health centers that are especially grant dependent
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Traced to Frogs
Outbreak of predominantly pediatric Salmonella in United States linked to African dwarf frogs
Monday, March 11, 2013

More Evidence of Waning Immunity of Pertussis Vaccine
Increasing risk of developing the illness in the six years after the last dose
Monday, March 11, 2013

Link for Intravaginal Insertion of Products, Bacterial Vaginosis
Findings among sexually active women, for over-the-counter products inserted in past month
Friday, March 08, 2013

Cochrane Group Skeptical About Latest Roche Pledges
Roche has pledged to release full clinical study reports for Tamiflu, but conditions may apply
Thursday, March 07, 2013

In U.S., Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Increasing
Vast majority of CRE episodes occur in patients with considerable health care exposure
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Changes Suggested for Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
Modifications could prevent penalties for hospitals that care for most vulnerable populations
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

HIV Infection Linked to Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction
Increased risk of AMI after adjustment for Framingham risk factors, comorbidities, substance use
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Clinical Trials Published Almost Two Years After Completion
Funding source, number of participants, and journal impact factor all affect time to publication
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

U.K. Health Performance Worse Than Comparable Countries
Tobacco, high blood pressure, high BMI leading risk factors for disability-adjusted life-years
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Panel Recommends 10 Patient Safety Strategies
Ten strategies strongly encouraged for adoption; a further 12 strategies encouraged
Monday, March 04, 2013

CMS Reports on Progress Toward Improved Health Care
Progress includes slowing of growth in health care spending, decrease in readmissions
Monday, March 04, 2013

Computerized Provider Order Entry System Cuts Rx Errors
Given effect size, CPOE use, estimated reduction of 12.5 percent in medication errors each year
Monday, March 04, 2013

Sex Transmits Secondary, Tertiary Cases of Vaccinia Virus
Vaccines need to be provided with, and follow, the instructions regarding covering the injection site
Friday, March 01, 2013

Sequestration to Impact Health Care-Related Programs
Medicare providers and medical researchers brace for cuts from fiscal impasse
Friday, March 01, 2013

CDC Releases Disease Detective Game App for iPad
Game is based on real-life cases encountered by the agency's Epidemic Intelligence Service
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Risk of Child Narcolepsy Up With Pandemrix Vaccination
Increased odds of ASO3 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 vaccination before narcolepsy onset
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

HIV-HCV Coinfection Speeds HCV-Related Liver Fibrosis
Liver fibrosis in coinfected patients similar to that of person almost one decade older without HIV
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preparation Underway for Implementation of ACA in 2014
Medicaid and CHIP are still main source of insurance coverage for children, pregnant women
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AAP Updates Guidelines for Acute Otitis Media
Updated guideline provides more stringent criteria to make a diagnosis and prescribe antibiotics
Monday, February 25, 2013

CDC: 2012-2013 Flu Vaccine Not As Effective in Elderly
Vaccination appears to reduce need for office visits; preventive effect lower in elderly
Friday, February 22, 2013

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Expanded
New rule from HHS outlines standards for essential health benefits
Friday, February 22, 2013

CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014
Suggested changes will increase value and protection for beneficiaries
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
Penalties under 2009 law start in 2015
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Considerable Proportion of HBV/HCV Cases Go Unreported
Eighty-two percent of confirmed hepatitis B and 65 percent of hepatitis C infections reported
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care
Rethinking, redesign, and application of necessary tools suggested for health care value reform
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed
Proposed rule aims to increase ability of health care professionals to improve patient care
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care
Modeling shows that computers can improve medical decisions and outcomes at lower costs
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Depression Affects Efficacy of Herpes Zoster Vaccine
Elderly patients with depression have diminished response to vaccine, but antidepressants help
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CDC: Cephalosporin-Resistant Gonorrhea Imminent in U.S.
Asia, Europe report treatment failures; cefixime minimum inhibitory concentration up in U.S.
Monday, February 18, 2013

Mycobacterial Infection Seen After Laser Resurfacing
Papules, pustules after fractionated CO2 resurfacing may indicate nontuberculous mycobacteria
Monday, February 18, 2013

Community-Associated MRSA Common in Nursing Homes
More likely in facilities with younger residents and Hispanics
Friday, February 15, 2013

Health Care-Associated Infections Decreased in 2011
Largest drop in central line-associated bloodstream infections; surgical site infections also down
Friday, February 15, 2013

Income Inequality Ups Risk for 30-Day Hospital Readmission
Increased risk of readmission within 30 days of stay for acute MI, heart failure, pneumonia
Friday, February 15, 2013

CDC: Consumers in Five States Sickened by Ground Beef
Two companies identified as source of Salmonella Typhimurium-infected product
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Human Metapneumovirus Burden High for Young Children
Hospitalization and outpatient rates for HMPV similar to those for influenza
Thursday, February 14, 2013

IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs
Falsified and substandard meds are ineffective; may trigger resistance and cause illness, death
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored
Men who are outearned by their wives more likely to use erectile dysfunction medications
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform
Program centered on coordinated care organization highlights challenges of contracting with ACOs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tedizolid Phosphate Viable for Bacterial Skin Infections
Tedizolid phosphate noninferior to linezolid in phase 3 trial, with good early clinical response
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda
Fifty-five percent view establishment of insurance exchange as top policy priority for their state
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Study IDs Factors Associated With H. Pylori Eradication
Geographic site, demographics, adherence seem to be as important as antibiotic regimen
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Increasing Patient Activation Tied to Lower Health Care Costs
Having a higher score on the Patient Activation Measure linked to improved outcomes, lower costs
Monday, February 11, 2013

Antimicrobial Washcloths Reduce Hospital Infections
Use of washcloths reduces risk of acquiring resistant organisms and bloodstream infections
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Albumin Improves Bacterial Peritonitis Outcomes
Four trials included in review show less renal impairment, mortality with albumin infusions
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Pertactin-Negative Bordetella pertussis Identified in U.S.
Second study shows lower rates of pertussis for children who undergo DTwP priming
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

FDA Warns Consumers About Fraudulent Flu Products
Fraudulent products can be found online; include non-FDA-approved generic Tamiflu, Relenza
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Still Up in U.S. in Fourth Week of 2013
Pneumonia and flu-linked deaths above epidemic threshold; eight pediatric deaths reported
Monday, February 04, 2013

Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Linked to Immune Suppression
May affect responses to HIV by blocking HIV-1 coreceptors, increasing rate of HIV-1 replication
Friday, February 01, 2013

CDC: Non-Flu Adult Vaccination Rates Largely Unchanged
Vaccination rates in 2011 and 2010 similar, except for modest increases in HPV in women, Tdap
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Peds Rotavirus Vaccine Offers Indirect Protection for Adults
About 50 percent drop in rotavirus prevalence for unvaccinated adults during peak disease season
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Single, Fractional Dose of Polio Vaccine Induces Priming
Seroconversion noted in more than 90 percent of infants, with two full or fractional doses
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Flu Vaccine Safe in Children With Severe Egg Allergy
Single dose safe even in children with a history of anaphylaxis
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Physicians Commonly Report Unsafe Hospital Workloads
Findings from an online survey of hospitalists show excess workload affects patient outcome
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brain Scans Show Doctors Empathize With Patients
Regions associated with pain relief and reward activated
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 Guidelines for Adult Vaccination Published
Recommendations include new information on pneumococcal vaccine, Tdap, flu vaccine
Monday, January 28, 2013

AAP Releases 2013 Child, Teen Immunization Schedule
2013 five-page format includes single schedule for children aged 0 to 18 years
Monday, January 28, 2013

Chlorhexidine Baths Cut Bacteremia in Critically Ill Kids
Incidence of bacteremia reduced for children who receive daily chlorhexidine gluconate bathing
Monday, January 28, 2013

CDC: 1,527 Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in 2009 to 2010
Norovirus, Salmonella are most common single-laboratory-confirmed etiologic agents
Friday, January 25, 2013

CDC: Novel Norovirus Replacing Former Dominant Strain
Health care providers urged to be vigilant
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Large Teaching Hospitals Face More Readmission Penalties
After adjustment, likelihood of being penalized highest for safety-net hospitals
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Care Transition Initiative Decreases Rehospitalizations
However, no significant reduction in 30-day rehospitalization as percent of hospital discharges
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Prevalence of Undervaccinated Children Increasing
Undervaccinated children have different patterns of health care utilization
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Most With C. difficile Receive Unnecessary Antimicrobials
One-quarter of patients with recent C. difficile infection received only unnecessary antibiotics
Monday, January 21, 2013

Alcohol Disinfection Cap Cuts Contamination of Central Lines
Continuous passive disinfection cuts line contamination, organisms, bloodstream infections
Friday, January 18, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Continues to Be High Across the United States
Activity decreased in some areas during the second week of January
Friday, January 18, 2013

Efforts Failed to Up Primary Care, Rural Resident Training
Net growth in primary care training, but outpaced by growth in non-primary care training
Friday, January 18, 2013

Features of Serious Pertussis Progression Identified
Findings in infants at least 90 days old admitted to the ICU for pertussis
Friday, January 18, 2013

FDA: Flublok Approved to Prevent Seasonal Influenza
New vaccine doesn't use flu virus or eggs; could speed up production
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Short Course of ART Therapy Delays HIV Progression
Second study shows later initiation of ART decreases likelihood of CD4+ T-cell recovery
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Case Study IDs B. miyamotoi As Cause of Meningoencephalitis
Borrelia miyamotoi posited as cause of mental deterioration in immunocompromised 80-year-old
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Donor Fecal Infusion Effective for C. difficile Infection
Fecal infusion more effective for recurrent infection than vancomycin with, without bowel lavage
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Influenza Vaccine in Pregnancy May Reduce Fetal Deaths
Decreased diagnosis of influenza and no increase in fetal mortality with maternal vaccination
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Even Brief Interruptions Dramatically Increase Errors
Error rate doubled or tripled in response to brief interruptions of only 2.8 to 4.4 seconds
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Family Docs Are Early Adopters of Electronic Health Records
Sixty-eight percent currently use EHR systems; likely to surpass 80 percent by 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Certain Online Behaviors of Docs Warrant Investigation
Consensus in seven of ten vignettes; outcome less clear for other doc online behavior scenarios
Monday, January 14, 2013

More Local Reactions With DTaP Shot in Infants' Arms
Local reactions to flu and hepatitis A vaccines needing medical attention much less common
Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Issues for Docs and Patients Identified for 2013
Issues include access to care, physician shortages, preparation for 30 million new patients
Monday, January 14, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Remains High in the United States
Early vaccine effectiveness estimates indicate moderate protection against the flu
Friday, January 11, 2013

Malaria Drug Association With Hemolytic Anemia Unclear
CDC recommends following patients treated with artesunate for a month
Friday, January 11, 2013

National U.S. Health Care Spending Relatively Stable
But during 2011, personal health care spending growth accelerated
Friday, January 11, 2013

CDC: Rare Blood Disorder Found in Intravenous Drug Users
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura seen in patients who dissolve and inject oral pain medication
Thursday, January 10, 2013

SPIRIT 2013 Clinical Trial Protocol Guidelines Issued
Thirty-three-item SPIRIT checklist will serve as guideline for the minimum content of clinical trial
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Multiple Stressors Contribute to Readmission Within 30 Days
Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, pain and discomfort contribute to post-hospital syndrome
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Failure Rate of Cefixime for N. gonorrhoeae Infection Explored
Increased risk of clinical treatment failure with minimum inhibitory concentration of ≥0.12 µg/mL
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Health Care Use Dropped Among All During Recession
Little evidence of racial or ethnic disparities, except for fewer physician visits for Hispanics
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Shared Savings May Promote Care Coordination Entity Use
Sharing savings with dually eligible patients may foster enrollment in coordinated care entities
Monday, January 07, 2013

FDA Proposes New Food Safety Standards
Measures intended to prevent foodborne illness and strengthen produce safety
Friday, January 04, 2013

CDC: Influenza Activity Increasing Across the U.S.
Proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza below epidemic threshold
Friday, January 04, 2013

Improved Staffing Cuts Medicare Patient Readmissions
Nurses' work environment and staffing issues affect readmissions for heart failure, MI, pneumonia
Friday, January 04, 2013

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Better Protects HIV-Infected Adults
Higher seroprotection for H1N1, H3N2, influenza B strains with high-dose versus standard-dose
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Association Between Health Care Cost, Quality Inconsistent
Review of 61 studies shows inconsistent evidence for the direction of the association
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Interferon-Free Therapies for Hep C Virus Look Promising
Sofosbuvir plus ribavirin and ABT-450/ritonavir, ABT-333, ribavirin combos seem effective
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Sirturo Approved for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Millions still contract the infectious disease each year
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Fulyzaq Approved for ART-Related Diarrhea in HIV/AIDS
Not for HIV/AIDS patients with diarrhea due to infection or gastrointestinal disorder
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

House Joins Senate to Avert Medicare Cuts
U.S. health care could be significantly affected by failure to reach 'fiscal cliff' agreement
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Recent U.S. Food-Linked Listeriosis Outbreaks Shorter
Twenty-four outbreaks reported from 1998 to 2008; earlier outbreaks generally longer, larger
Friday, December 28, 2012

Sustained Virological Response Lowers Mortality Risk in Hep C
All-cause, liver-related mortality down with SVR for patients with chronic hepatitis C, hepatic fibrosis
Friday, December 28, 2012

Varizig Approved to Reduce Chickenpox Symptoms
To be used within four days of exposure
Friday, December 21, 2012

Antimicrobial Resistance Up in K. pneumoniae Isolates
Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from inpatients increasingly resistant to drugs except tetracyclines
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Substantial Morbidity, Mortality From Fungus-Tainted Steroid
In 19 states, 590 cases of infection, 37 deaths tied to three lots of contaminated glucocorticoid
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Vertex Announces Boxed Warning on Hepatitis C Drug
Decision prompted by reports of fatal cases of serious skin reactions with telaprevir treatment
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Amoxicillin of Little Benefit in Lower-Respiratory Infection
Duration of symptoms, symptom severity not improved with amoxicillin in adults or older adults
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HPV Diagnosis at Older Age May Be 'Latent' Infection Reactivation
Population attributable risk of high-risk HPV due to five or more partners higher for older women
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

AAP Urges United Nations Not to Ban Thimerosal in Vaccines
No evidence of harm from thimerosal; ban may reduce vaccine rates in developing countries
Monday, December 17, 2012

Health Care Satisfaction Rated As High by Unacculturated Hispanics
Unacculturated or biculturated Hispanics give higher ratings for health care experiences
Monday, December 17, 2012

Tenofovir Effectively Treats Adolescents With Chronic HBV
Once-daily tenofovir treatment is effective and well tolerated, regardless of prior treatment
Friday, December 14, 2012

HCV-Related Transplants Most Needed By Those Born 1941-60
Demand for liver transplants driven by HCV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Secondhand Smoke Ups Child Meningococcal Disease Risk
Exposure to secondhand smoke ups risk of invasive disease for children; strongest in under-5s
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Discharge Cleaning Doesn't Rid All A. baumannii Contamination
Post-terminal cleaning, 25 percent of hospital rooms, 5.5 percent of sites remain contaminated
Friday, December 07, 2012

Health Care Law Boosts Savings on Meds for Medicare Recipients
Savings on prescription drugs has reached $5.1 billion; for more than 5.8 million beneficiaries
Friday, December 07, 2012

Reports Raise Concerns About Antiseptic Product Contamination
Outbreaks can cause localized injection site infections, systemic infections, death
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Fungus Was Deadly Infection Source Following Tornado
CDC identified a lethal cluster of cutaneous mucormycosis cases among tornado survivors
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Shot Deemed Safe for Seniors
No more adverse events seen with Tdap than with the Td vaccination in large study
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Use of Clinical Decision-Support System Can Improve HIV Care
Improved CD4 count and clinical follow-up noted with interactive computer alert system
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

CDC: Flu Season Has Started and Hitting Hard
Levels of flu activity continue to increase nationally
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Collaborative Program Cuts Colorectal Sx Site Infections
Implementation of modified and optimized practices linked to >60 percent drop in infection
Monday, December 03, 2012

Increasing Number of Workers in Self-Insured Health Plans
In 2011, 58.5 percent with health coverage self-insured; increase driven by large employers
Monday, December 03, 2012

Model Predicts Flu Season Peak Seven Weeks in Advance
Based on data assimilation technique using data from the Web, flu peak predicted for New York City
Friday, November 30, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Study Confirms Waning Immunity With Time Post-Pertussis Vaccine
Children with pertussis in California outbreak were less likely to have received five-dose DTaP series
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals
Adjusted physician earnings dropped by 1.6 percent from 1996-2000 to 2006-2010
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

USPSTF: Consider Screening Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C Infection
Class C recommendation issued in newly updated statement
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CDC: New HIV Infections Disproportionate in Youths
Testing for HIV relatively uncommon in young people
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Growing Number of Drugs Possibly Inhibited by Grapefruit
All drugs orally administered; have low-to-intermediate bioavailability; metabolized by CYP3A4
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law
From 2014, insurance companies prohibited from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

HIV Screening Recommended for All 15- to 65-Year Olds
USPSTF also recommends screening all pregnant women, and high-risk adolescents, seniors
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

E. coli O157:H7 Not Found to Up Death, Cardiovascular Events
Cardiovascular disease, death not up for those with severe versus no gastroenteritis
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides
Docs more likely to have antipsychotics, barbiturates, not antidepressants on toxicology testing
Friday, November 16, 2012

Ten-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Effective
Different vaccine schedules are effective, including 2+1 schedule in infants
Friday, November 16, 2012

Whole-Genome Sequencing Helps ID MRSA Outbreaks
Sequencing confirmed outbreak and MRSA carriage in case study from special care baby unit
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Recurrence of Lyme Disease Due to Reinfection, Not Relapse
Relapse from identical strain rarely seen in appropriately treated patients
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Racial/Ethnic Discrepancies in HIV/HCV Liver-Related Mortality
African-American women co-infected with HIV/HCV have lower liver-related, not all-cause mortality
Monday, November 05, 2012

Third MMR Vaccine Dose Can Curtail Mumps Outbreak
In community with a large mumps outbreak, third MMR dose reduced attack rate by 75 percent
Monday, November 05, 2012

Mumps Outbreak Focused Within Male Orthodox Jewish Schools
Male students spend hours each day in intense, face-to-face interaction
Thursday, November 01, 2012

FDA: Ameridose Issues Voluntary Recall of All Products
All unexpired products should be returned to manufacturer
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

U.S. Medicare Spending on Elderly Has Outpaced Canada's
Growth three times faster in the U.S., while Canada offers more comprehensive benefits
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Differences in Sepsis Care Identified in Europe, U.S.
Raw mortality significantly higher in Europe, but after adjustment, similar mortality in Europe, U.S.
Friday, October 26, 2012

Meta-Analysis: Antivirals Reduce Risk of Liver Cancer in Hep C
Meta-analysis shows preventive effect more pronounced for virological responders
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Intestinal Bacteria Profile Altered in Pediatric Crohn's
Levels of some species correlate with disease severity
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Genuine Very Large Effects in Trials Rare in Medicine
Very large effects typically seen in small trials and diminish subsequently; seldom address mortality
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

IDSA: School Vaccine Program Lowers Flu Rates, Absenteeism
Second study shows no underlying high-risk condition in about half of pediatric flu-linked deaths
Monday, October 22, 2012

Linezolid Beneficial in Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Addition to background therapy effectively achieves culture conversion; high rate of adverse events
Thursday, October 18, 2012

IDSA: Universal Decolonization Cuts Infection Risk in ICU
Patients have reduced risk of MRSA clinical cultures, bloodstream infection of all pathogens
Thursday, October 18, 2012

AAPS: Intravaginal Ring Releases HIV Drug Over 90 Days
Tenofovir released steadily; similar to or better than gel administration in sheep model
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cardiovascular IED Infections Have Distinct Features, Outcomes
S. aureus endovascular infection cases have worse outcomes than coagulase-negative staphylococci
Friday, October 12, 2012

HIV Diagnosis in Hispanics or Latinos Varies Geographically
Transmission due to injectable drug use more common in Puerto Rico
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prior Alcohol Consumption Does Not Impair HCV Treatment
Pretreatment drinking patterns, total alcohol intake unrelated to sustained virological response
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Collaborative Infection Control Benefits All Regional Hospitals
Computer simulation reveals decrease in MRSA prevalence in all regional hospitals
Thursday, October 11, 2012

HIV Status Doesn't Influence Hodgkin's Lymphoma Outcome
In patients treated with ABVD chemotherapy, despite more extensive disease, worse prognosis
Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Cervical Cancer Vaccine Targets HPV-Infected Women
Early studies show that vaccine is well tolerated, immunogenic for women with prior neoplasia
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CMS Nonpayment Policy Has Not Reduced Infections
No decrease in catheter-linked bloodstream and urinary tract infections since policy initiation
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

HIV Mortality Decreasing, but Disparities Persist
Drop seen from 1993-1995 to 2005-2007, but rates remain unchanged for least-educated blacks
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

HCV Treatment in Prison Could Be Key Public Health Measure
Incarcerated patients as likely to receive treatment, achieve SVR as non-incarcerated
Friday, October 05, 2012

Public Response to H1N1 Flu Varies Between Countries
Adoption of preventive behaviors differs between countries, but doesn't lower odds of vaccination
Friday, October 05, 2012

Wide Variation in Screening for Multidrug Organisms in ICUs
While MRSA is routinely screened for, screening for other resistant organisms lags behind
Friday, October 05, 2012

Limiting the Problem of Missing Data Urged for Clinical Trials
Special report: analysis methods can not compensate for missing data, simple fixes ruled out
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

High-Dose Vitamin D Does Not Prevent or Treat Colds
No reductions in days missed from work, duration of symptoms, or cold severity
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Observation Units Could Save $3.1 Billion Nationally Per Year
Hospital observation units could save $1,572 per patient; $4.6 million annually per hospital
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Patients Benefit From Access to Physician Notes
Patients frequently access visit notes; almost all patients want open note policy to continue
Monday, October 01, 2012

Respiratory Virus Patterns ID'd for Urban, Suburban Infants
Rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus down; adenovirus infection up for inner-city infants
Monday, October 01, 2012

Antibiotic Use Varies by Season, Geographic Region for Elderly
In older adults, antibiotic use highest in South, lowest in West, particularly in winter months
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Physicians' Gut Feelings Should Not Be Dismissed
Intuition that something is wrong, despite clinical findings, tied to higher risk of serious illness
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Risk of Post-Cesarean Infection Up for Overweight, Obese
About 10 percent of U.K. women develop surgical site infections after cesarean section
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Childhood Antibiotic Exposure Linked to Development of IBD
Earlier exposure during childhood tied to even greater risk of inflammatory bowel disease
Monday, September 24, 2012

Leaving Balloon in Is Safe in Urinary Sphincter Revision
Original pressure-regulating balloon can be left in place during artificial urinary sphincter revision
Friday, September 21, 2012

Safe for Intravenous Catheters to Be Replaced As Needed
No difference in phlebitis incidence with clinically-indicated versus routine third-day replacement
Friday, September 21, 2012

Nonmedical School Vaccination Exemptions Increasing
Exemption rate and average annual increase in rate higher in states with easy exemption policies
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Biomarkers Identified in Head and Neck Cancers
In two studies, survival predicted by HPV viral load and viral gene expression
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

No Increased Cancer Risk With Herpes Zoster Infection
Enhanced surveillance for cancer deemed not necessary in patients with herpes zoster infection
Monday, September 17, 2012

Whooping Cough Vaccine Protection Short-Lived
Protection in children declines after fifth dose of DTaP, with odds of infection increasing each year
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Updated Guidelines Issued for 'Strep' Diagnosis, Treatment
Penicillin or amoxicillin recommended as first-line therapy for Group A streptococcal pharyngitis
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

AAP Updates Flu Vaccine Recommendations for Children
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends trivalent flu vaccine for youth over 6 months of age
Monday, September 10, 2012

Antiretrovirals Increasingly Used for HIV in the U.S.
Viral load has decreased and CD4 counts have increased in the past decade
Friday, September 07, 2012

Not All Docs/Nurses Want to Be Asked About Hand Hygiene
Few were asked in the past month; more than a quarter do not want patients to remind them
Friday, September 07, 2012

Prevalence of Diagnostic Errors in the ICU Assessed
Twenty-eight percent of autopsies report at least one misdiagnosis; 8 percent identify Class I error
Thursday, September 06, 2012

Rates of Medical Exemptions for School Immunization Low
But, study shows variance partially explained by ease of obtaining the exemption
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Teen Vaccinations Found to Be Increasing As Recommended
However, human papillomavirus vaccine coverage in girls is lower than optimal
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Novel Pathogenic Virus Identified in Missouri
Virus found in two patients who were bitten by ticks; seems to be a member of phlebovirus genus
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Resistance to Second-Line TB Drugs Is Common Globally
Nearly half resistant to at least one drug; 6.7 percent have extensively drug-resistant TB
Thursday, August 30, 2012

AAP: Health Benefits of Male Circumcision Outweigh Risks
Benefits include reduction in urinary tract infections in first year of life, lower HIV and STI rates
Monday, August 27, 2012

Neti Pots Linked to Deaths From Amebic Infection
Two patients who died both used irrigation devices with N. fowleri-contaminated tap water
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fewer Circumcisions May Increase Infections and Costs
Higher infection prevalence and medical costs estimated for both men and women
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Prevalence of TB, Hepatitis C, HIV High Among Homeless
Review finds significant heterogeneity in prevalence estimates between different studies
Monday, August 20, 2012

Substance in Human Breast Milk Protects Against HIV Transmission
High levels of specific human milk oligosaccharides protective against postnatal HIV transmission
Monday, August 20, 2012

Pegylated Interferon Affects Growth, BMI in Children
Effects on weight-for-age and BMI generally reversible with cessation of therapy
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Immune Response to Hep A Vaccine Persists in Children
Two-dose shot-induced seropositivity persists for 10+ years, irrespective of maternal anti-HAV status
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Poor Follow-Up of Hospital Tests Often Due to Late Orders
Tests performed on day of discharge represent 6.8 percent of all tests, 46.8 percent of missed results
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Risk of Liver Injury Up With Certain Fluoroquinolones
Moxifloxacin and levofloxacin approximately double risk of acute liver injury in older people
Monday, August 13, 2012

CDC Issues Revised Guidelines for Gonorrhea Treatment
Updated guidelines recommend injectable ceftriaxone, not oral cefixime, as first-line therapy
Thursday, August 09, 2012

Vaccine Transiently Modifies Autoimmunity in Diabetes
Tuberculosis vaccine increases insulin production in patients with long-term type 1 diabetes
Thursday, August 09, 2012

After Bariatric Op, Controlled Diet Can Aid CaOx Supersaturation
Diet with normal calcium, moderate protein, reduced oxalate beneficial after bariatric surgery
Thursday, August 09, 2012

Infection Risk Up for Seniors With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comorbidity, rural residence, disease severity, prior infection, DMARDs linked to infection
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Sleep Duration Affects Hepatitis B Vaccine Response
Short sleep duration negatively impacts secondary antibody response and clinical protection
Monday, August 06, 2012

Nurse Burnout Linked to Health Care-Associated Infections
Burnout tied to increased urinary tract and surgical site infections; reduction can cut infection risk
Friday, August 03, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Rabies Virus Exposure Linked to Possible Natural Resistance
Remote at-risk communities show signs of exposure without vaccination
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Hypertension Ups Retinopathy Risk With HCV Treatment
Screening for PegIFNα-associated retinopathy deemed cost-effective
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Manufacturer's Cleaning Ineffective for Suction Tips
Debris found where it should not be, indicating that recommended cleaning methods ineffective
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Higher Rates of Pertussis With Acellular Pertussis Vaccine
Children who receive mixed dose of DTaP and DTwP have higher rate if their first dose was DTaP
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CDC: Disparities Identified at All Stages of HIV Care
Younger patients and black patients least likely to be retained in care, have viral suppression
Monday, July 30, 2012

Study Highlights Importance of 'Good' Skin Bacteria in Immunity
Bacteria play autonomous role in controlling local inflammatory environment, T cell-based immunity
Friday, July 27, 2012

MRSA Skin Infections Up, Linked to Furunculosis
Primary risk factor for recurrent furunculosis is nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus
Friday, July 27, 2012

InteguSeal Does Not Reduce Scoliosis Surgery Infections
No reduced risk of surgical site infection for pre-op cyanoacrylate sealant-treated patients
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Syphilis Cuts CD4 Counts, Ups Viral Load in HIV-Infected Men
Increase in viral load also seen for men with low viral load undergoing antiretroviral therapy
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CDC: HIV-Risk Behaviors Stable for U.S. High School Students
Decline seen in risk behaviors from 1991 to early 2000s; subsequent stabilization until 2011
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Infants at Greatest Risk in 2010 California Pertussis Epidemic
Most pediatric cases vaccinated according to national recommendations
Monday, July 23, 2012

HIV Doesn't Impact Cervical Cancer Risk in HPV-Negative
HIV-infected/uninfected HPV-negative women have similar incidence of cervical precancer
Monday, July 23, 2012

HIV Drug-Resistance Up in Resource-Limited Settings
Increase in prevalence since antiretroviral rollout in regions of sub-Saharan African
Monday, July 23, 2012

Vitamin B12 Improves Viral Response in Chronic Hepatitis C
Effect more pronounced in patients infected with HCV genotype 1 or high baseline viral load
Friday, July 20, 2012

HIV Racial Disparities Noted for Men Who Have Sex With Men
Similar racial disparities in HIV infection, antiretroviral initiation for black MSM in U.S., U.K.
Friday, July 20, 2012

Pertussis Reaches Epidemic Level in Washington State
Vaccination recommended as best preventive strategy
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals
Worse performance on nearly every measure of patient experience; discrepancy persisted over time
Thursday, July 19, 2012

~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually
Main causes are poor clinical monitoring, diagnostic errors, and inadequate drug/fluid management
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Factors Influencing Hepatitis C RNA Levels in Drug Users ID'd
Factors include age, gender, racial ancestry, HIV-1 infection, HCV genotype, and IL28B genotype
Monday, July 16, 2012

Claims Data Reveals Patients at Post-Op Infection Risk
Both patient-based and surgical procedure factors identified that significantly increase infection risk
Friday, July 13, 2012

CDC: Babesiosis Risk in Northeast/Upper Midwest Travel
871 cases of arboviral diseases reported to CDC in 2011
Thursday, July 12, 2012

HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis With Antiretrovirals Explored
Value of prophylactic combination tenofovir-emtricitabine varies in three studies
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

'Mad Cow' Detectable Earlier in Autonomic Nervous System
Prions detectable in autonomic nervous system before central nervous system
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Flu Shot in Pregnancy Not Tied to Adverse Fetal Outcomes
H1N1 flu vaccination linked to small but significantly increased risk of Guillain-Barré
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Meditation Training May Lower Respiratory Illness Burden
Meditation training and exercise training linked to improvements in severity and duration of illness
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

UTI Risk Up for Uncircumcised Boys Despite Urethral Visibility
Visibility of urethral meatus does not appear to affect risk of urinary tract infection
Monday, July 09, 2012

Evidence of Herd Immunity After Introduction of HPV Vaccine
Significant drop in vaccine-type HPV in vaccinated, unvaccinated women
Monday, July 09, 2012

Self-Directed Violence, Suicide Up in Parasite-Infected Women
Women infected with Toxoplasma gondii at increased risk of self-directed violence and suicide
Friday, July 06, 2012

CDC: Chagas Disease May Be Overlooked in Newborns
Increased awareness needed to screen at-risk mothers and treat offspring
Thursday, July 05, 2012

Poor Coverage, Not Ineffective Vaccine Averts Polio Abolition
Eradication efforts hampered by decline in vaccine cover in areas of Pakistan, southern Afghanistan
Thursday, July 05, 2012

No Increase in Shingles After Vaccine in Those on Biologics
Vaccine significantly reduces longer-term shingles risk in patients with immune-mediated diseases
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Community, Hospital MRSA Bacteremia Down in U.S. Military
Community-onset MRSA-related skin and soft tissue infections more recently declined
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

First Over-the-Counter HIV Test Approved
Results can be obtained within 40 minutes
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Infection Rates Unaffected by Time to Debridement of Open Fx
Review of the literature shows no difference for early or late operative debridement of open fractures
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Hep B Screening Urged Before TNF-Alpha Inhibitor Therapy
Early, preemptive therapy can minimize hepatitis B reactivation; more reactivation with infliximab
Friday, June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ringer's Acetate Better for Patients With Severe Sepsis
At 90 days, better outcomes in patients receiving Ringer's acetate compared to HES 130/0.4
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bacterial Vaginosis Linked to Increased HIV-1 Transmission
Three-fold higher risk of transmission from HIV-infected women to their uninfected male partners
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Early Vaccinations Not Linked to Celiac Disease in Sweden
Changes in vaccinations don't account for epidemic; BCG vaccine linked to reduced risk
Monday, June 25, 2012

Low Bone Mass for Young Men on Antiretrovirals for HIV
Young men with recent diagnosis of HIV, treated with ART, have lower mean bone mineral density
Friday, June 22, 2012

Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
Most frequent reasons for presenteeism include feeling obligation to colleagues and to patient care
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hepatitis B Screening Before Chemo Deemed Cost-Effective
For patients receiving chemo for lymphoma, screening all superior to screening high-risk, none
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Periodontitis Linked to HPV-Positive Head, Neck Tumors
Association stronger in patients with oropharyngeal cancer versus oral, laryngeal cancer
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More Parents Not Adhering to Vaccine Schedule
Consistent shot-limiters receive fewer vaccines by 9 months; rarely adhere to alternative schedules
Monday, June 18, 2012

Menhibrix Approved to Prevent Bacterial Infections in Infants
Approval covers infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks through 18 months
Friday, June 15, 2012

Roseola Virus Associated With Febrile Status Epilepticus
For young children with febrile seizures, infection with HHV-7 variant less common than HHV-6B
Friday, June 15, 2012

CDC: Preventive Health Services Underused Before 2010
Underutilized services include cholesterol screening, BP control, smoking cessation assistance
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Socioeconomic Correlates of Plague ID'd in New Mexico
Migration of wealthier families to suitable habitats for plague has impacted case distribution
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Whole-Genome Sequencing Can Identify MRSA Outbreaks
Sequencing allows construction of phylogenetic trees; provides data in clinically relevant time frame
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

T Cell Receptor 'Clonotypes' Key to HIV-1 Infection Control
Distinct clonotypes seen for controllers, progressors; differ in their ability to inhibit viral replication
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MRSA Colonization Up in Contacts of Staph-Infected Children
High colonization rate for household contacts of children with S. aureus skin, soft tissue infections
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Multidrug-Resistance Seen in ~10 Percent of TB Cases in China
And, a new drug shows significantly improved sputum-culture conversion at two months
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Low Risk of Herpes Zoster Recurrence in Elderly
Short-term risk of herpes zoster recurrence low, regardless of vaccination status
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Adjunct Zinc Cuts Antibiotic Treatment Failure for Infants
Addition of zinc to antibiotics benefits infants aged 7 to 120 days with probable serious bacterial infection
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Glucose Levels at Admission Predict Death in Pneumonia
Risk of death at 90 days up for patients without preexisting diabetes presenting with hyperglycemia
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Evidence for Prevention of HIV Transmission Reviewed
Strategies include pre- and postexposure prophylaxis, early initiation of treatment
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Individual Variation in Antiviral Response Present at Birth
Differences in innate immune response may predict susceptibility to respiratory illness during first year
Friday, May 25, 2012

Instrumented Spinal Fusion Method Impacts Infection Rate
Infection rate up for posterior lumbar interbody fusion versus posterior, posterolateral fusion
Monday, May 21, 2012

Phylogenomic Analysis Reveals Origin, Spread of MRSA Clone
Mobile genetic elements, nonsynonymous mutations impact antibiotic resistance, virulence
Monday, May 21, 2012

'Pedicure Fish' May Harbor Pathogens for Zoonotic Disease
Following disease outbreak in April 2011, human pathogens identified on inspection of imported fish
Friday, May 18, 2012

Leukoencephalopathy Risk Factors ID'd for MS Drug
Risk with natalizumab treatment linked to JC virus status, immunosuppressants, treatment duration
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Azithromycin Tied to Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Mortality
Increased risk of all-cause, cardio mortality; especially in those at risk for cardiovascular disease
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

AIDS Relief Assistance Linked to Greater Decline in Mortality
African countries receiving more intensive assistance saw greater declines in death rates
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Global Deaths in Children Under 5 Down Since 2000
In 2010, ~40 percent of deaths in neonates; 64 percent attributable to infectious causes
Friday, May 11, 2012

High Infection Rates Seen in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Oral glucocoticoids, but not methotrexate or TNF inhibitor use linked to increased infection
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Infectious Agents Cause About One in Six Cancers Worldwide
Infection-attributable cancers are more likely in less developed regions worldwide
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Probiotics Helpful in Reducing Antibiotic-Related Diarrhea
More research needed to determine which probiotics are effective for specific antibiotics
Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Doesn't Impact Fetal Growth
Anti-HIV drug doesn't affect newborn size, but may delay growth during first year
Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Zinc May Shorten Duration of Common Cold in Adults
Symptoms reduced in adults, but not children; bad taste, nausea are common adverse effects
Monday, May 07, 2012

New Meningitis B Vaccine Strongly Immunogenic
Bivalent recombinant liopoprotein 2086 vaccine well tolerated, immunogenic against multiple strains
Monday, May 07, 2012

School Vaccination Requirements Up Coverage
But education-only requirements don't appear to have an impact on vaccine coverage in middle schools
Monday, May 07, 2012

Resistance Patterns of Urinary E. coli Isolates Changing
2000 to 2010 saw considerable increase in resistance to ciprofloxacin, TMP-SMX
Monday, May 07, 2012

T Cell-Based HIV Gene Therapy Safe Over Long Term
No evidence of vector-induced cell immortalization, persistent clonal expansion
Friday, May 04, 2012

CMS Policy Helping Hospitals to Prevent Targeted Infections
Despite positive impact, less time spent on nontargeted infections, especially in large hospitals
Friday, May 04, 2012

Hospitals Procure More Alcohol Rub, Soap During Campaign
Procurement as part of Cleanyourhands campaign linked to decreased rates of MRSA, C. difficile
Friday, May 04, 2012

Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
Trials registered with ClinicalTrials.gov from 2007 to 2010 mainly small, single-center
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Levaquin Approved to Treat or Prevent Plague
Deadly disease rare in the United States
Monday, April 30, 2012

Text Messages to Parents Promote Flu Shots for Children
Educational messages with clinic information increase vaccinations; but overall rates remain low
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mortality High for Cardiac Device Infective Endocarditis
Coexisting valve involvement linked with increased mortality; early device removal improves survival
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2001 to 2010 Saw 74 Percent Drop in Global Measles Mortality
Fell short of WHO goal of 90 percent cut; 47 percent of measles mortality in 2010 was in India
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

S. Aureus, Enterotoxins ID'd in Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis
S. aureus-secreted enterotoxin found significantly more often in patients with corneal ulcers
Monday, April 23, 2012

Shingles Vaccine Generally Well Tolerated in Older Adults
Small, but significant, increased risk of allergic reaction in days one to seven following vaccination
Monday, April 23, 2012

CDC: HPV-Associated Cancers Strike More Than 30,000 Yearly
Surveillance and methodology needed to assess impact of vaccines
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Albendazole Cuts Enteric Parasite Prevalence in Refugees
Presumptive predeparture single-dose albendazole reduces intestinal nematodes in refugees
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Preexposure Chemoprophylaxis Cuts HIV Infection at a Cost
Targeted prophylaxis strategy most cost-effective in highest risk men who have sex with men
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

STI Screening Improves With Free, Home-Based Testing
Completion of sexually transmitted infection screening higher in college-educated young women
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

HPV Vaccine Side Effects Not Serious in Young Women
Younger girls more likely to report side effects; are less aware of HPV link to cervical cancer
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Infection May Be Trigger for Venous Thromboembolism
Older adults at risk of blood clots in three months following infection
Monday, April 09, 2012

Resistant Malaria Increasing on Thailand-Myanmar Border
Increase in artemisinin resistance in P. falciparum from 2001 to 2010; mainly due to parasite genetics
Thursday, April 05, 2012

New Combination Malaria Treatment Equally Effective
Pyronaridine-artesunate as effective as mefloquine plus artesunate for uncomplicated malaria
Thursday, April 05, 2012

Antibodies to HIV-1 Proteins Impact Vaccine Efficacy
V1V2 antibodies protect against infection; Env-specific antibodies reduce protective effect
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Medical Malpractice Claims Incur Substantial Defense Costs
Costs higher for claims resulting in indemnity payments; significant variation by specialty
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Diagnostic Coding May Skew Pneumonia Outcomes Data
Declines in hospitalizations and inpatient deaths may not reflect actual outcome improvements
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Antibiotic-Resistant S. aureus Found in Many Ambulances
S. aureus isolates found in 69 percent of ambulances; 12 percent of isolates are MRSA
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

AACR: Black Women Clear HPV Infection More Slowly
Also nearly twice as likely to have an abnormal Pap smear
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Inflammatory Regulation Plays Role in Stress, Illness Link
Stress induces glucocorticoid receptor resistance; GCR increases likelihood of developing cold
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Malodorous Urine Often Reported for Infants With UTI
Malodorous urine significantly linked with UTI, but not strong enough to rule in or out diagnosis
Monday, April 02, 2012

Pay for Performance Does Not Improve Mortality Rates
Medicare demonstration program did not improve 30-day hospital mortality rates
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Guidelines Issued for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis
Includes evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management in adults and children
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Health Care Team Members Key for Antimicrobial Stewardship
Epidemiologists, preventionists help stop infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Most California Hospitals Implementing Infection Control
Hospitals with certified infection control officer have lower rate of MRSA blood stream infections
Friday, March 16, 2012

Poorer Health Literacy Linked to Increased Mortality
About one-third of older adults in England have medium or low functional health literacy
Friday, March 16, 2012

Deaths From Gastroenteritis Double Over Recent Decade
C. difficile and norovirus are the leading causes of gastroenteritis; elderly most affected
Thursday, March 15, 2012

HIV Burden High Among Female Sex Workers Globally
Meta-analysis shows overall prevalence of 11.8 percent in countries with low, middle income
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Higher Spending by Hospitals Improves Outcomes
Lower mortality, readmission for acute patients admitted to hospital in highest tercile of spending
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

U.S. Mortality Rates Dropped 60 Percent From 1935 to 2010
For every year, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are among the five leading causes of death
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Staph Sepsis Increases Mortality in Preterm Infants
Morbidity and mortality similar for resistant and susceptible S. aureus infections
Monday, March 12, 2012

Flu Vaccine Up Among Medical Staff When They Believe It Works
Hospital health care workers more likely to get vaccinated when committed to preventing flu
Friday, March 09, 2012

Surrogates Tend to Misinterpret Poor Prognosis Information
Statements about low risk of death interpreted accurately; poor prognosis viewed optimistically
Friday, March 09, 2012

Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy Not Recommended
Abstinence-based therapy recommended instead for opioid-addicted health care professionals
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Double Gloving Prevents Exposure to Pathogens in OR
Double gloving can reduce needle-stick injuries and infection risks for surgeons and patients
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Financial Burden of Medical Care Affects One in Three
More than one in five poor or near-poor adults younger than 65 have bills they are unable to pay
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Electronic Test Result Access Does Not Reduce Test Ordering
Office-based physician access to computerized images may up image ordering by 40 to 70 percent
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ultrasound IDs Post-Transplant Recurrent Hep C Cirrhosis
Transient elastography detects cirrhosis from recurrent HCV; less accurate for chronic infection
Monday, March 05, 2012

Fecal Transplant Feasible for Recurrent C. difficile Infection
Recurrent C. difficile infection treatable using fecal transplant through colonoscopy
Friday, March 02, 2012

Hypoferremia Predicts Treatment Response to IFN-α
Induction of hepcidin, subsequent drop in serum iron may be marker of treatment efficacy in hep C
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Rapid Flu Tests Effective for Ruling In (But Not Out) Diagnosis
Second study shows oral oseltamivir and inhaled zanamivir may be beneficial flu treatments
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Febrile Children Self-Referred to ER Usually Less Severely Ill
But 45 percent of these children correctly judged by parents as high urgency
Monday, February 27, 2012

AAP Recommends HPV Vaccine for Boys, Too
Follows guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Monday, February 27, 2012

Oncogenic HPV Rarely Present in Breast Cancer Tissues
May only be causative of a small proportion of all breast cancers
Friday, February 24, 2012

WHO Criteria May Overestimate Fatality Rate for Avian Flu
Meta-analysis indicates seropositivity rate for prior H5N1 infection is 1 to 2 percent
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Maternal Flu Vaccine Improves Health of Unborn Child
Vaccinated mothers have higher birth weight infants, fewer small-for-gestational-age infants
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Replacing PPSV23 With PCV13 May Prevent More Pneumonia
PCV13 vaccine might prevent more pneumococcal disease; still economically reasonable
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

MRSA Screening Protocol Aids in Peds Open Airway Surgery
Postoperative infection rate similar for protocol-treated MRSA-colonized and noncolonized patients
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

By 2007, Hep C Superseded HIV As Cause of Death in U.S.
Second study shows that birth cohort screening for hepatitis C is cost-effective
Monday, February 20, 2012

Infectious Disease Burden Rising in New Zealand
More common in the native population and the socioeconomically disadvantaged
Monday, February 20, 2012

Chickens Harbor E. coli Found in Human UTIs
Retail chicken greater source of this E. coli than beef or pork in Canada
Thursday, February 16, 2012

High Levels of Genital HLA-G Linked With HIV-1 Infection
Increased expression of soluble HLA-G in genital mucosa tied to HIV-1 infection, bacterial vaginosis
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cash Transfers Help Reduce HIV Infection in African Girls
Financially empowering school-aged girls may have beneficial effects on sexual, reproductive health
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Two-Way Flow of Data Best for Electronic Records, IIS
Bidirectional data sharing suggested for electronic records, immunization information systems
Thursday, February 09, 2012

No Increase in Intussusception After RV5 Rotavirus Vaccine
For infants aged 4 to 34 weeks, no increase in seven- or 30-day risk window after vaccination
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Multicomponent Serogroup B Meningitis Shot Immunogenic
Vaccine immunogenic against reference strains when given alone or together with routine vaccines
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Chlorhexidine to Umbilical Cord Stump Reduces Newborn Mortality
Two studies conducted in rural Bangladesh and Pakistan
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Cefpodoxime Not Recommended for Acute, Uncomplicated Cystitis
Cefpodoxime found inferior to ciprofloxacin in achieving clinical cure
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Noroviruses Are Leading Cause of Hospital Infections
Particularly in nonacute care setting; often leading to unit closure
Monday, February 06, 2012

Geographic Pattern of Lyme Disease Mapped in Eastern U.S.
Two risk foci identified in Northeast and upper Midwest
Thursday, February 02, 2012

AAP: Childhood Vaccination Schedules Approved for 2012
Three schedules and accompanying footnotes offer new clarifications and guidance
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Antiretroviral Medications Linked to Cleft Deformities
Drugs to keep HIV-infected women from transmitting virus to fetus may trigger cleft defects
Monday, January 30, 2012

Oral HPV Infection Prevalence in U.S. Close to 7 Percent
Prevalence higher in men than women; bimodal peaks at age 30 to 34 and 60 to 64 years
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Overuse of Health Care Services Understudied
Research limited primarily to unnecessary antibiotic use and a few cardiovascular procedures
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Perfluorinated Compounds Reduce Immunity in Children
PFCs in child's serum at age 5 almost universally negatively associated with antibody levels
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Unemployed Have Poorer Mental and Physical Health
And are less likely to receive needed medical care and prescriptions
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

National Adolescent Hep A Vaccine Coverage Is Low
State requirements and provider recommendation influence vaccination initiation
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

HealthGrades IDs Notable Hospitals for Clinical Excellence
If all hospitals performed at this level, thousands of Medicare deaths, complications could be averted
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Statins May Reduce Risk for HCC in Hep B-Infected Patients
Hepatocellular cancer risk reduced in a dose-dependent manner in hepatitis B-infected patients
Monday, January 23, 2012

Inadequate Hep B Vaccinations for High-Risk Adults
More than half the adults at high risk of infection miss opportunities for vaccinations
Monday, January 23, 2012

No Autoimmune Safety Signal for Quadrivalent HPV Vaccine
Women vaccinated with HPV4 have no increase in incidence of 16 autoimmune disorders
Friday, January 20, 2012

HIV Risk-Related Behaviors Down in the United States
But, significant variations exist by age, race, sex, education, and income
Friday, January 20, 2012

Chronic Hepatitis C May Benefit From New Antivirals
Phase 2a study indicates virologic response with daclatasvir, asunaprevir treatment
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Meningitis B Vaccine Immunogenic in Adolescents
Two doses of four-component Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B vaccine immunogenic
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Increased Pathologic Fracture Risk in Staph Osteomyelitis
Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis tied to fractures, associated complications in children
Monday, January 16, 2012

Viral Load Significant Factor in HIV-1 Transmission
Among serodiscordant couples, higher plasma HIV-1 levels linked to greater transmission risk
Monday, January 16, 2012

Fatal Case of Measles Without Rash Found in Young Woman
No evidence of immunosuppressive disease; no history of enanthem or morbilliform rash
Friday, January 13, 2012

U.S. Health Care Expenditure Still Unevenly Distributed
In 2008 and 2009, 1 percent of population account for ~20 percent of spending
Friday, January 13, 2012

Gene Variant Identified in Families With Cold Urticaria
PLCG2 gene deletions associated with cold urticaria, immunodeficiency, and autoimmunity
Thursday, January 12, 2012

CDC: 2010 Saw Decrease in Age-Adjusted Death Rates
Homicide no longer in top 15 causes of death; replaced by pneumonitis due to solids and liquids
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Single Oral Azithromycin Dose Effective for Yaws
Oral azithromycin non-inferior to standard benzathine benzylpenicillin for treatment of yaws
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

No Rise in Intussusception After Rotavirus Shot Revival
No increase seen in intussusception discharges since 2006 reintroduction of rotavirus vaccine
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HCV Antivirals Cost-Effective for Injecting Drug Users
Model shows antiviral treatment cost-effective when baseline prevalence is less than 60 percent
Friday, January 06, 2012

In-Hospital, 30-Day Standardized Mortality Measures Differ
In-hospital risk-standardized mortality rates vary between hospitals; linked with length of stay
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Saffold Virus Found in Spinal Fluid of Two Children
Saffold virus can cause serious, invasive, central nervous system infections
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Shedding Persists in Herpes Even With High-Dose Antivirals
Reactivation likely accounts for transmission during therapy; new treatments needed
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Intrapartum Antibiotics Reduce Infant Strep B Infection Globally
Emphasis on prophylactic use of intrapartum antibiotics needed in low-income settings
Thursday, January 05, 2012

CDC: Lean Response Ups Lab Surge Capacity During Pandemic
Use of Lean methods enabled 10-fold increase in testing capacity during 2009 flu pandemic
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Oseltamivir-Resistant H1N1 Identified in Australia
Between May and August 2011, resistant viruses with H275Y substitution ID'd in 29 of 182 patients
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Enoxaparin Doesn't Reduce Death Rate for Acutely Ill
Death from any cause at 30 days and rates of major bleeding similar with enoxaparin, placebo
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rhinoviruses Frequently Cause ARIs in VLBW Premature Infants
55 percent of VLBW infants with acute respiratory illness have human rhinovirus infections
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Prevalence of High-Risk HPV, Cytologic Abnormalities ID'd
U.S. cervical cancer screening trial IDs prevalence of abnormal cytology, high-risk HPV, ≥CIN2
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Perceptions of Inappropriate Care Prevalent Among ICU Staff
For ICU staff in Europe, Israel, perceptions independently linked to higher intent to leave job
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Extended Nevirapine Reduces Breastfeeding HIV Transmission
Results in 54 percent reduction in mother-to-child HIV transmission during breastfeeding
Friday, December 23, 2011

CDC Outlines HPV and Hep B Vaccine Recommendations
Vaccine recommendations based on efficacy and safety data in specific patient populations
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Isentress Approval Expanded to Include Children and Teens
HIV drug expanded to include children and adolescents ages 2 to 18
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Medical Team Training Program Cuts Surgical Morbidity Rate
Significantly steeper decline in the annual surgical morbidity rate for facilities in MTT program
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Initial Wound Debridement Faster With Maggot Therapy
Benefit over conventional therapy during first week of treatment loses significance by day 15
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary
And, 79 percent of patients are interested in sharing their personal health record information
Monday, December 19, 2011

Rule of 7's Sensitive in ID'ing Low Risk of Lyme Meningitis
Clinical prediction rule classifies low-risk patients based on clinical and lab parameters
Monday, December 19, 2011

Patient Isolation During Hospitalization Tied to Delirium
But no increased risk for patients who start their hospital stay under contact precautions
Friday, December 16, 2011

Babesiosis Rates Among U.S. Elderly Explored
Higher prevalence among white elderly and men; most cases occur in July and August
Friday, December 16, 2011

Concurrent-, Staged-Bilateral Knee Arthroplasty Compared
Reduction in joint infection, malfunction, but increased CVD events with simultaneous procedure
Thursday, December 15, 2011

School-Based Clinics Feasible for ID'ing Chronic Fatigue
Children with CFS/ME detected through school-based clinics do well once treated
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Statins Lower Death Risk in Adults Hospitalized With Flu
Statins given before or during hospitalization reduce mortality in adults with influenza
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Infection Prevention Up in VA, Non-Federal Hospitals
But catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention practices remain low
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Single First-Trimester Malaria Episode Ups Miscarriage Risk
Similar miscarriage risk among women treated with chloroquine, quinine, and artesunate
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Microbial Diversity ID'd in Gut of Low Birth Weight Infants
Gut-associated microbiome includes fungi, bacteria, molds, parasites, viruses, roundworms
Friday, December 09, 2011

Chronic Migraine Most Common Headache in HIV/AIDS Patients
HIV severity, but not HIV duration, linked to headache severity, frequency, and disability
Friday, December 09, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
Friday, December 09, 2011

Rifapentine Plus Isoniazid Noninferior to Isoniazid Alone
Higher completion rate with three months of combo therapy versus nine months of isoniazid
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Intranasal Vaccine Effective Against Norwalk Virus Illness
Two doses of norovirus virus-like particle vaccine protects against gastroenteritis, infection
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Transplant Patients Want a Role in Liver Quality Decisions
Patients want organs with low risk of failure, but risk tolerance influenced by presentation
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

C. difficile Infection Ups Duration of Hospital Stay
In survival analysis, median length of stay is increased by six days in patients with C. difficile
Monday, December 05, 2011

Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications
Preclinical phase medical students lack knowledge about hand disinfection indications
Monday, December 05, 2011

Green Tea Polyphenol Inhibits HCV Entry Into Hepatocytes
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate blocks infection of cells by extracellular virions, cell-to-cell spread
Monday, December 05, 2011

Cold Sore Susceptibility Linked to SNPs on C21orf91
Association seen in linkage analysis, parental transmission disequilibrium testing
Friday, December 02, 2011

IL-2 Tied to Regulatory T-Cell Expansion in Graft-Versus-Host
And, IL-2 associated with Treg recovery and clinical improvement in HCV-induced vasculitis
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Delayed Acyclovir in Neonates With Herpes Ups Mortality
With overall in-hospital mortality rate of 7.3 percent for neonates with herpes simplex infection
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
Patient satisfaction scores tied to waiting time, time spent with provider, and age category
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Concomitant MMRV With PCV-7 Highly Immunogenic, Safe
Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella vaccine co-administered with pneumococcal vaccine safe
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
High performers learn from successes, failures; low performers have asymmetric learning rates
Monday, November 28, 2011

Many Pediatricians OK With Alternative Vaccine Schedules
Pediatricians least willing to consider ACIS for H. influenza type b, DTaP, pneumococcal conjugate
Monday, November 28, 2011

Afternoon Shots Up Post-Immunization Sleep Duration
Prophylactic acetaminophen not significant predictor of post-shot sleep duration
Monday, November 28, 2011

Blood Transfusion Services Improve in Africa
HIV-impacted countries continuing blood supply efforts
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Recent Drop Seen in Oral, Pharyngeal Cancer Mortality
Largest decrease seen in black men and women with 12 years of education
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Valvular Surgery Tied to Reduced Mortality in Endocarditis
Tied to lower in-hospital, one year mortality in infective endocarditis complicated by heart failure
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Plasma MicroRNA Panel ID'd for Diagnosing Hepatocellular Cancer
Panel differentiates HCC from chronic hepatitis B, cirrhosis, and from healthy samples
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Adverse Effects of Pediatric Acupuncture Usually Mild
Mild adverse effects include pain, bruising, bleeding, and worsening of symptoms
Monday, November 21, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
Monday, November 21, 2011

Post-Bat Exposure Prophylaxis Up in New York
Increased numbers of bats submitted for rabies testing, reports of exposure, and use of PEP
Friday, November 18, 2011

Rapid Safety Monitoring of H1N1 Vaccine Feasible
Uses modern technology to collect rapid self-reported safety data in large numbers of patients
Friday, November 18, 2011

Hib Vaccine Has Cut H. influenzae Incidence Dramatically
Burden of disease is highest in youngest and oldest age groups
Thursday, November 17, 2011

AHA: Most Major Post-Op Infections Occur Post-Discharge
And, skin preparation before and during implant procedures reduces the risk of infections
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Patients Without Insurance Have Shorter Hospital Stays
Uninsured have shorter stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, or non-ACSCs
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

U.S. Teen Vaccination Coverage Up From 2006 to 2009
Could be bettered via simultaneous administration, provider endorsement, parental awareness
Monday, November 14, 2011

Delayed Acyclovir Ups Hospital Stay for Eczema Herpeticum
One day delay in starting acylovir ups hospital stay by 11 percent in pediatric eczema herpeticum
Monday, November 14, 2011

Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine Effective in Two, Three Doses
Three doses provide sustained disease protection during first three years of life
Monday, November 14, 2011

Recurrent Pelvic Inflammation Ups Infertility, Pelvic Pain
Nearly doubles infertility risk; ups chronic pelvic pain more than four-fold
Friday, November 11, 2011

Estimated Flu Incidence of 90 Million for 2008 in Under-5s
Nearly all flu-associated acute lower respiratory infection deaths occur in developing countries
Friday, November 11, 2011

Community-Based Treatment Improves Pneumonia Outcomes
Community case management reduces treatment failure rate in children compared to standard care
Friday, November 11, 2011

Zostavax Still Recommended Only for Those 60 and Over
Supply and data issues influence committee decision
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
Thursday, November 10, 2011

TNF-α Antagonists Do Not Up Infection Hospitalizations
In autoimmune disease, infection hospitalization risk similar to that with nonbiologic medication
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
Age dynamics tied to proportion of theoretical work, age of attainment of foundation knowledge
Monday, November 07, 2011

Lab Variables Predict Clinical Outcomes in Hepatitis C
Baseline and change in platelet count, AST/ALT ratio, bilirubin, albumin values found predictive
Monday, November 07, 2011

Hepatitis C Birth Cohort Screening is Cost-Effective
Screening cost-effective to identify infected individuals born between 1945 and 1965
Friday, November 04, 2011

Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
Clinicians often unaware of input of receptionists and administrative staff in repeat prescribing
Friday, November 04, 2011

Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
Supply carts, floors, infusion pumps, ventilator touch pads are most commonly contaminated
Friday, November 04, 2011

Children Not Vaccinated Against Pneumonia Remain Vulnerable
Many children are not receiving recommended PCV13 doses
Thursday, November 03, 2011

No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
Modest improvement in quality of care, but no reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
Host, pathogen factors differentially affect this health care-associated infection, colonization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

No Concerning Patterns Seen With H1N1 Vaccine in Pregnancy
Reports to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System indicate 2009 H1N1 vaccination is safe
Thursday, November 03, 2011

CDC: Opioid Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions
Overdose death rates, sales, OPR-related treatment admissions increased between 1999 and 2008
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

HPV Testing in Self-Collected Samples Has High Sensitivity
Home-HPV testing is more sensitive than cervical cytology, but has lower positive predictive value
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

APHA: Rates of Personal Belief Vaccination Exemptions Are Up
Ten percent of kindergarteners in California attend school with rates of PBE exceeding 5 percent
Monday, October 31, 2011

Switching From IV to Oral Meds Cuts Health Care Costs
In patients eligible for oral intake, switch from IV to oral equivalents cuts hospital costs
Monday, October 31, 2011

CDC to Discontinue Provision of Botulinum Toxoid Vaccine
Decision applies to workers in occupational risk of exposure
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Obesity Tied to Impaired Immunity After Flu Vaccine
Reduced levels of influenza antibody titers, decreased CD8+ T-cell responses in obese
Thursday, October 27, 2011

ACS: Drug-Resistant Infections Rise but Mortality Declines
Surgical ICU drug-resistant infections rise between 2000 and 2010, but mortality drops by 4 percent
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Evidence Suggests Variable Effectiveness for Flu Vaccine
Randomized controlled trials indicate vaccine efficacy varies between seasons, age groups
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FDA: Xigris Pulled From Global Market
Drug failed to show survival benefit in severe sepsis
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CDC Recommends HPV Vaccination in Males
Hope is to reduce spread of HPV
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Estimates of Rotavirus-Attributable Diarrhea Mortality
In 2008, there were 453,000 deaths worldwide in children under 5 years; most in five countries
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

HPV Infection, Cardiovascular Disease in Women Linked
Particularly cancer-associated HPV type linked to higher cardiovascular disease risk among women
Monday, October 24, 2011

Tdap Vaccinations Recommended for Families With Newborns
Mothers and close family members should receive boosters
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Early Initiation of ART After TB Treatment Ups Survival
Risk of death reduced for patients with a CD4+ T-cell count of less than 50 per cubic millimeter
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Vaccine Shows Promise in Preventing Malaria
Ongoing trial in Africa suggests RTS,S/AS01 may protect children
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Readmission Risk Models Display Poor Predictive Ability
Current hospital readmission risk models for comparative or clinical purposes perform poorly
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rare Disorders ID'd by NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Integrated high-density SNP arrays, whole exome or genome analyses used to aid diagnosis
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vitamin D Dependent Pathway Key in Immunity Against TB
T cells release interferon-γ to induce antimicrobial activities by human macrophages
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Flu Vaccine With Adjuvant MF59 Efficacious in Infants
Oil-in-water emulsion adjuvant vaccine has 75 percent relative efficacy versus non-adjuvant shot
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Teen Sexual Activity Unchanged, but Condom Use Up Slightly
Teen sexual activity, contraception, experiences mostly unchanged from 2002 to 2006-2010
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent, Under-Reported
Conflicts of interest prevalent; under-reported by members, chairs of panels developing guidelines
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

High Yield of Viral Diagnoses for RT-PCR in Respiratory Infection
But, rapid communication of RT-PCR results to clinicians has no benefit on patient care
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Septicemia Most Costly Reason for Hospitalization in 2009
Almost one in 23 patients had septicemia; average of 4,600 new patients treated each day
Monday, October 10, 2011

Improved Virologic Response After Triple Class Failure in HIV
Improvement in viral load suppression, decrease in rate of AIDS likely due to new meds
Monday, October 10, 2011

One Peds Dose of H1N1 Vaccine Prevents Child Hospitalizations
Single pediatric dose confers effectiveness beginning 10 days after vaccination
Monday, October 10, 2011

Recurrent Child UTIs Rarely Cause Chronic Kidney Disease
Etiologic fraction of recurrent childhood UTIs as main cause of CKD maximum of 0.3 percent
Monday, October 10, 2011

Racial Disparity Persists in Nursing Home Flu Shot Rates
Black residents less likely to receive, more likely to refuse influenza shots than white residents
Friday, October 07, 2011

More Minority Patients in Low-Quality, High-Cost Hospitals
More elderly black, Hispanic, Medicaid patients consult worst rather than best hospitals
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Oral Acyclovir Improves Outcomes in Neonatal Herpes
Six-month acyclovir therapy improves neurodevelopment in infants with CNS involvement
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Membrane Oxygenation Reduces Mortality in H1N1-Related ARDS
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation referral lowers hospital mortality in H1N1-related ARDS
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Model Projects Smoking Will Up TB Cases, Deaths by 2050
However, aggressive tobacco control may avert 27 million smoking-attributable deaths by 2050
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

CDC: I221V Mutation ID'd in North Carolina Influenza B Virus
Cluster of viruses identified in North Carolina have increased oseltamivir resistance
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Advance Directives Linked to Regional Medical Expenditures
High-spending areas have lower end-of-life costs, in-hospital death, and increased hospice care
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Hormonal Contraceptives May Up HIV-1 Acquisition by Women
Also tied to increased risk of HIV-1 transmission from HIV-1 infected women to men
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

HPV 16 Diagnostic Tests Vary in Accuracy, Prognostic Value
p16 IHC/DNA qPCR proves to be best predictor of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma outcome
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Prior DNA Priming Ups Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness
H5-DNA priming 24 weeks pre-H5N1 monovalent inactivated vaccine increases immune response
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Recent Rise in Oropharyngeal Cancer Incidence Due to HPV
HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers increase by 225 percent from 1988 to 2004 in U.S.
Monday, October 03, 2011

About One in 10 Parents Use Alternate Vaccination Schedule
Non-blacks, those without regular child health care provider use alternative schedule more
Monday, October 03, 2011

Doctors, Patients Identify Tacit Clues in Their Interactions
Non-verbal tacit clues most common, but interpretation differs for doctors and patients
Friday, September 30, 2011

Surveillance Info Sheds Light on Utah's Influenza Patterns
Researchers hope that data may help target those most at risk
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Illness Associated With HEV68 Seen in Clusters Globally
Acute respiratory infections range from mild to fatal
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Immune Globulin Therapy Has No Benefit for Neonatal Sepsis
Nonsignificant differences seen for outcomes with immune globulin and placebo in neonatal sepsis
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Child Face Mask Approved to Help Prevent Spread of Germs
In hospitals and other health care settings
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quadrivalent HPV Vaccine More Cost-Effective Than Bivalent
Bivalent vaccine should be about £19 to £35 cheaper to be as cost-effective as quadrivalent
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tdap Safe After Tetanus-, Diphtheria-Containing Products
Children age 7 to 10 susceptible to pertussis and under-immunized should receive single Tdap dose
Monday, September 26, 2011

Point-of-Care CD4 Counting Cuts Loss of Follow-Up in HIV
Point-of-care CD4 testing decreases staging time, reduces patients lost before HIV treatment
Monday, September 26, 2011

Hospitalization, Complication Risk Up After Prostate Biopsy
Nearly double the 30-day hospitalization risk versus controls, infectious complications also up
Friday, September 23, 2011

FDA Expands Age Indication for Boostrix
The vaccine is now licensed for use in people 65 and older
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rotavirus Vaccine Introduction Cut Health Care Use, Costs
National estimated reduction of 64,855 hospitalizations and $278 million in 2007 to 2009
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2006/2007 U.S. Flu Vaccination Policy Lowers Morbidity
Expansion of vaccination policy to include healthy children cuts influenza morbidity by 34 percent
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mortality Up in Hospitals With More Minority Trauma Patients
Trauma patients' odds of mortality linked to the proportion of minority patients in the hospital
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fluoroquinolones Up Risk of Post-Biopsy Acute Prostatitis
Isolated gram-negative bacteria were fluoroquinolone-resistant in 85.7 percent of cultures
Friday, September 16, 2011

CDC: MRSA USA300 Strain Resistant to Topical Antibiotics
Most MRSA isolates susceptible to bacitracin, but USA300 isolates resistant to bacitracin, neomycin
Friday, September 16, 2011

CDC: Risk Factors ID'd in Most C. difficile Diarrhea Cases
Traditional risk factors, including antimicrobial use, hospitalization, account for majority of cases
Thursday, September 15, 2011

CDC: Recent Influenza Activity Relatively Low
Annual vaccinations still needed to prevent flu and complications
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Women Older Than 50 Years Aware of Sexual Health Risks
But most are hesitant in seeking sexual health information from their consulting physicians
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Malaria Vaccine Does Not Protect Against Clinical Malaria
But is strain specific for clinical malaria caused by parasites with the AMA1 DNA sequence
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reduced Treatment Time Noninferior for Some With Hep C
Hepatitis C virologic response similar with peginterferon-ribavirin for 24 versus 48 weeks
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

No Benefit of Long-Term Azithromycin for Rhinosinusitis
Low weekly dose of 500 mg for 11 weeks provides no benefit over placebo in chronic rhinosinusitis
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Many Mistakenly Believe FDA OKs Only Safe, Effective Drugs
Consumer explanations about safety, efficacy of drugs help public make better decisions
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IBS, Chronic Fatigue Risk Up Three Years Post Giardiasis
Acute giardiasis increases risk of irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue after three years
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Intrauterine Device Use Tied to Lower Cervical Cancer Risk
Protective association not seen for women testing positive for human papillomavirus
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

MRSA Colonization Ups Future Infection Risk in Children
Colonized children are more likely to have a subsequent infection during their hospitalization
Thursday, September 08, 2011

CDC Emphasizes Importance of Flu Vaccine for Pregnant Women
2009 H1N1 data confirm vaccination and early treatment can save lives
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Trends in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Seasonality Reported
Information could help guide clinical decision-making
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Malaria Predisposes Kenyan Children to Bacteremia
Strong negative correlation between malaria-protective phenotype of sickle-cell trait, bacteremia
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Comparative Efficacy Proposed for European Drug Approval
Superiority, equivalence, inferiority of new drugs should be compared with existing therapies
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Many Hospital Staff Uniforms Contaminated With Bacteria
More than 60 percent of uniforms are contaminated, with similar rates between nurses, physicians
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Immunoadsorption Therapy Effective in E. coli-Induced HUS
Immunoadsorption effective, safe for neurological complications of hemolytic uremic syndrome
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

AAP Updates Guidelines for 2011 to 2012 Influenza Control
Annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization advised for all children 6 months of age and older
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Vaccine Rates Increase Among Children Aged 11 to 12 Years
However, often not all of the recommended vaccines are administered during vaccination visits
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Cases of Transfusion-Linked Babesiosis in U.S. Described
Not limited to endemic states, seasons; most cases tied to red blood cell components
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Antibiotic Prescriptions Down for Pediatric Patients
But the drugs continue to be overprescribed for those aged 14 and under
Friday, September 02, 2011

Pediatric Vaccination Rates High in United States
Still room for improvement in under-vaccinated populations
Thursday, September 01, 2011

Cost-Effective Perinatal HBV Transmission Prevention ID'ed
Lamivudine, hepatitis B immune globulin prevent hepatitis B virus transmission cost-effectively
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AAP Recommends Quadrivalent MMRV for Most Children
But separate MMR, varicella vaccines indicated for children with personal/family history of seizures
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wide Gaps in Immune Responses Post Flu Infection
Genomic signatures differentiate symptomatic, asymptomatic individuals infected with influenza A
Monday, August 29, 2011

Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.
Majority report delay in getting needed healthcare and financial difficulties paying medical bills
Monday, August 29, 2011

IOM: Few Health Issues Caused By Vaccines
Report should alleviate parental fears regarding vaccination of their children
Friday, August 26, 2011

Expedited Partner Therapy Use Benefits Gonorrhea, Chlamydia
In states where expedited partner therapy is not legal, practitioners should advocate for legality
Friday, August 26, 2011

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Early Plasma Exchange Tied to Improved Course of HUS
Beneficial for adults with hemolytic uremic syndrome caused by E. coli O104:H4
Friday, August 26, 2011

HPV Test Beats Cytology-Alone in Cervical Cancer Screening
Second study: bivalent HPV16 /18 vaccine protects against anal HPV infection, especially in HPV-naive
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
Only 18.1 percent of advertisements fully adhere to FDA guidelines, over half do not quantify serious risks
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CDC: HPV Vaccine Rates Lag Behind Other Teen Vaccines
Report reveals vaccine coverage increased from 2009 to 2010 among adolescents aged 13-17 years
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CDC: Reporting Delays Occurred in German E. coli Outbreak
In shiga toxin-producing E. coli outbreak, early outbreak detection is crucial
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Airway Infections Correlate With Narcolepsy Onset in China
Narcolepsy onset most frequent in April, least in November, mostly unrelated to H1N1 vaccination
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Azithromycin Decreases COPD Exacerbation Frequency
Daily azithromycin for one year reduces COPD exacerbations in selected patients
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CDC: Two Salmonella Outbreaks Investigated
Salmonella Altona and Salmonella Johannesburg linked to one mail-order hatchery
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dual Hepatitis B, C Infection Ups Lifetime HCC Risk
HCC risk decreases with age in HBsAg-seropositive men, increases in anti-HCV-seropositive women
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Methotrexate Lowers Response to Pneumococcal Vaccine
In patients with arthritis, methotrexate reduces antibody response after pneumococcal vaccination
Monday, August 22, 2011

Half of Health Care Providers Recommend HPV Co-Test
Fewer than 15 percent of providers follow recommended cervical cancer screening interval
Friday, August 19, 2011

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

CDC: Flu Vaccine Recommendations Unchanged
Flu vaccine recommended in those ≥6 months; strains same as previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chinese Herbal Decoction Cuts Time to H1N1 Fever Resolution
Maxingshigan-yinqiaosan effective alone and in combination with oseltamivir
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bordetella Infections Rare in Children With Cough Illness
Concomitant virus/B. pertussis and B. parapertussis infections are also rare
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sexually Abused Children at Risk of Genital HPV Infection
Detection of genital human papillomavirus more likely in children with evidence of sexual abuse
Monday, August 15, 2011

CDC: Lower Socioeconomic Status Tied to Higher HIV Rate
Less than a high school degree, unemployment, and incomes at poverty level tied to higher HIV
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Knowledge, Beliefs Affect Judgment of Hand Hygiene Risk
Health care workers perceive lower risk in touching objects than patient skin
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
U.S. physicians and nursing staff spend more time and money interacting with health plans
Friday, August 05, 2011

CDC: Age Range Expanded for Meningococcal Vaccine
Report reveals that two licensed meningococcal conjugate vaccines likely interchangeable
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Text Messages Aid Pediatric Malaria Management in Kenya
Text reminders improve health workers' case-management practices of outpatient malaria
Thursday, August 04, 2011

CDC: HIV Infections Stabilized Between 2006 and 2009
However, infections increased for young men who have sex with men
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

High Doses of Zinc Found to Reduce Common Cold Duration
Daily use of lozenges with more than 75 mg zinc acetate reduces cold duration by 42 percent
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Oseltamivir-Resistant Pandemic H1N1 2009 Virus Emerging
Immunosuppressed patients at particular risk for oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 2009 virus
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Infection Incidence After Spinal Tumor Surgery ~10 Percent
Risk factors include previous surgery, comorbidities, prior infection, longer hospital stay
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Syphilis Up in Black, Hispanic Men Having Sex With Men
Primary, secondary syphilis rates have increased more among black, Hispanic, and young men
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

DHA Intake in Pregnancy Tied to Fewer Colds in Infants
Maternal intake of docosahexaenoic acid during pregnancy reduces some illness symptoms in infants
Monday, August 01, 2011

CDC: U.S. Cholera Cases Linked to Hispaniola Epidemic
Cases in the U.S. linked to travel to Hispaniola or with consumption of seafood from Haiti
Friday, July 29, 2011

Smoking Tied to Increase in Post-Arthroplasty Complications
Current, prior smokers at increased risk of complications after knee/hip replacement surgery
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Non-Receipt of Fluids in Children Tied to Increased Oligoanuria
Increased risk for children who do not receive fluids in pre-hemolytic uremic syndrome diarrhea phase
Monday, July 25, 2011

High Mortality Decline With One-Dose Varicella Vaccine
Implementation of one-dose vaccination program reduces overall varicella mortality by 88 percent
Monday, July 25, 2011

Pagibaximab Seems Safe, Well Tolerated in High-Risk Neonates
Three once-a-week infusions of pagibaximab tied to staphylococcal sepsis prevention
Monday, July 25, 2011

Medical Students Support Right to Conscientious Objection
Nearly half of medical students believe in right to conscientiously object to any procedure
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Surgeons Constitute Risk Factor for Infection After Colon Surgery
Surgeons can be an independent risk factor for surgical site infections after colon surgery
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Triple-Drug Regimen Preferable for Treating H. Pylori
Standard triple-drug regimen better than four-drug in treating H. pylori infection in Latin America
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

FDA Approves Vaccine for 2011/2012 Influenza Season
Formulation will be used by the six manufacturers licensed to manufacture, distribute in U.S.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

cART Ups Life Expectancy in Ugandan HIV Patients
Ugandan women receiving combo antiretroviral therapy have lower mortality rate than men
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

IAS: Early Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces HIV Transmission
Early initiation of therapy reduces transmission to HIV-1 negative partner, clinical end points
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Drinking Hot Tea, Coffee Tied to Lower MRSA Nasal Carriage
Drinking hot tea or coffee decreases nasal carriage of methicillin-resistant S. aureus by half
Monday, July 18, 2011

Vaccination Rates Up for Those With Liver Disease, Diabetes
Hep A, B vaccinations increase but still low in patients with chronic liver disease, diabetes
Friday, July 15, 2011

Overall Number, Not Concurrent Partners Tied to HIV Incidence
High prevalence of partnership concurrency is not linked to risk of HIV acquisition for women
Friday, July 15, 2011

CDC: Travelers to Haiti at Risk for Dengue Virus Infections
Report reveals 25 percent of travelers returned to U.S. with evidence of recent infection
Thursday, July 14, 2011

H1N1 2009 Vaccine Not Tied to Guillain Barré Syndrome Risk
Adjuvanted pandemic influenza A 2009 vaccine does not increase Guillain Barré syndrome risk
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Treatment of Syndromes Linked to Spider Bites Ineffective
Research needed to identify and treat associated clinical syndromes of latrodectism, loxoscelism
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Antiretroviral Drugs May Halt HIV Spread in Heterosexuals
Studies find that daily use may prevent HIV acquisition in unaffected heterosexuals
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stress ECHO Effectively Stratifies CAD Risk in Patients With HIV
Abnormal SE, ischemia on SE independently predict cardiovascular events in patients with HIV
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

ISSTDR: T. vaginalis Prevalence Highest in Women Over 40
Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis higher than chlamydia or gonorrhea for women of most ages
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Boostrix OK'd to Prevent Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis in Seniors
First single vaccine to prevent all 3 diseases in elderly
Monday, July 11, 2011

Increase in Staph Pneumonia in Children Mainly Due to MSRA
From 2001 to 2009, MRSA accounted for 74 percent of cases of SA pneumonia in children
Monday, July 11, 2011

Maternal Vaccination Tied to Fewer Flu Hospitalizations
Infants of vaccinated mothers are 45 to 48 percent less likely to be hospitalized for influenza
Friday, July 08, 2011

Factors in Acinetobacter Infection Transmission ID'd
Interventions suggested to prevent multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter infections in war injuries
Friday, July 08, 2011

H1N1, Seasonal Flu Vaccines From 2009 to 2010 Were Safe
Seasonality likely contributed to Bell's palsy signal following monovalent inactivated vaccine
Friday, July 08, 2011

Drug Susceptibility in Gonorrhea May Be Declining
Minimum inhibitory concentrations to cephalosporins up; still effective treatment
Thursday, July 07, 2011

New Regimens Equal to Standard Isoniazid for Adults With HIV
Second study shows no TB-free survival benefit from isoniazid prophylaxis in HIV+/− infants
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Fewer Clinical Capabilities in Critical Access Rural Hospitals
Rural CAHs have fewer clinical capabilities, poorer performance, and higher mortality rates
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Flu Vaccine Safe for Sunitinib, Sorafenib Treated Patients
Seroprotective rate for cancer patients treated with sunitinib or sorafenib similar to controls
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Glow Gel Enhances Hand-Washing Ability in Children
The use of glow gel improves hand washing even without specific hand hygiene education
Friday, June 24, 2011

CDC: Expanded HIV Testing Initiative Effective
Opt-out HIV screening of prison inmates during medical intake exam ups number tested
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Higher Antibiotic Use Among Younger Home Care Patients
Those younger than 65 years and with poor health more likely to receive antibiotics
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Low Use of Screenings by Sexual Minority Young Women
Mostly heterosexual/bisexual women less likely to have a Pap test and have higher risk of STI
Friday, June 17, 2011

HPV Vaccination Program Tied to Fewer Cervical Abnormalities
Decrease in incidence of high-grade cervical lesions in girls younger than 18 years
Friday, June 17, 2011

Syphilis Screening May Reduce Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
Congenital screening interventions may reduce incidence of perinatal death and stillbirth
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Infectious Patients on Flights May Raise Influenza Risk
Transmission on international flights clustered around symptomatic or infectious passenger
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Unequal Care Access for Children With Public Insurance
Disparities exist in providers' acceptance of public insurance compared to private insurance
Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Meningococcal A Conjugate Vaccine Is Effective
New vaccine elicits stronger group A antibody response than polysaccharide reference vaccine
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Rotavirus Vaccine Reduces Cases of Infant Diarrhea
Moderately increased risk of intussusception following RV1 vaccination
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Expectancy in U.S. Counties Below Many Nations
Women, and black men and women have lower life expectancy in all U.S. counties
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Intraoperative Noise Linked to Surgical-Site Infection
High sound levels may affect surgeon behavior and increase occurrence of surgical-site infection
Friday, June 10, 2011

CDC: Ocular Toxocariasis Often Causes Permanent Vision Loss
The rare condition most often occurs in children; causes permanent vision loss in most
Thursday, June 09, 2011

Most Parents Vaccinate Their Children Despite Concerns
Vaccine safety information comes from health care providers, media, Internet, friends, family
Thursday, June 09, 2011

CDC: Incidence of Several Foodborne Infections Declines
However, incidence of Salmonella infection has not declined in last several years
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Youth Bear Large Burden of Global Death, Disease
Higher rates of disability-adjusted life-years in Africa compared to high-income countries
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Patients' Mobile Phones Carry Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria
Noticeably more multidrug-resistant bacteria on phones of patients than of health care workers
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Corticosteroids May Shorten Pneumonia Hospital Stay
Dexamethasone therapy may reduce hospital stay in patients with community-acquired pneumonia
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Maternal Influenza Vaccination Tied to Reduced Prematurity
Vaccination during pregnancy may reduce odds of prematurity in periods of influenza activity
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dificid Approved to Treat C. diff Diarrhea
Recommended dosage is two times daily for 10 days
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lupus Factors Tied to Weak Response to Influenza Vaccine
Ethnicity, prednisone treatment, increased disease flares linked to low antibody response
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Contact With Drug Industry Linked to Positive Attitudes
Substantial proportion of medical students believe gifts from drug industry affect prescribing
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Infection Control Breach in 15 Percent of Nursing Homes
Low staffing levels correlated with receipt of a deficiency citation for infection control
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Severe Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pneumonia Deaths
No significant association between cathelicidin or beta-defensin-2 levels and mortality
Monday, May 23, 2011

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Common in Asthma
Co-dispensing of antibiotics and asthma drugs among children found to be very common
Monday, May 23, 2011

Lower HIV-Related Mortality, Increased Treatment in China
But injecting drug users and sexually infected have increased mortality, less treatment coverage
Thursday, May 19, 2011

ASCO: Three-Year Cervical Cancer Screening Interval Safe
HPV test alone more accurate than Pap smear; co-testing can be extended to every three years
Thursday, May 19, 2011

AUA: Human Papillomavirus Prevalent in Male Foreskin
Researchers recommend vaccinating pre-adolescent boys against HPV
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ATS: Many Parents of Children With Asthma Avoid Flu Vaccine
Parents reluctant to vaccinate kids due to safety concerns and not seeing flu as asthma trigger
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MRKAd5 Vaccine Found Ineffective Against HIV-1
Failed to protect against virus acquisition, decrease in viral load in South African study
Monday, May 16, 2011

Early HIV Therapy Reduces Partner's Infection Risk
Study findings released early after antiretroviral combo substantially lowers risk
Friday, May 13, 2011

IMFAR: Difficult Labor and Fever Tied to Autism Risk
Yet influenza during pregnancy and non-elective cesarean itself not linked to autism spectrum disorders
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Neonatal Vitamin D Deficiency Tied to Respiratory Disease
Routine vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may prevent RSV during infancy
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medical Education Participants Recognize Funding Bias
Yet most are unwilling to pay more for continuing medical education registration to overcome bias
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Community Intervention Can Improve HIV Testing Rates
Community-based voluntary counseling and testing improves rates in remote communities
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Condition-Specific Comorbidity Index May Improve Accuracy
Condition-specific index may give more sensitive hospital results than Deyo Comorbidity Index
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Caregiver English Skills Tied to Length of Hospital Stay
Pediatric inpatients whose caregiver has limited English also have fewer home health care referrals
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Children Infected With HIV Perinatally Faring Well
Earlier therapy access improves outcomes in children with perinatally acquired HIV infection
Monday, May 02, 2011

Flu Vaccination Safe for Post-Transplant Patients
Vaccination in the year after renal transplant linked to reduced risk of allograft loss, death
Thursday, April 28, 2011

CDC: Injuries Cause More Missed Days in Older Workers
Older workers have similar or lower rates of injury than younger workers but take more time off
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Approval for Meningitis Vaccine Expanded to Include Toddlers
As young as 9 months
Monday, April 25, 2011

P. falciparum Infection May Confer Long-Term Protection
Artificially induced immunity against malaria re-infection may persist for more than two years
Monday, April 25, 2011

It Pays to Screen Immigrants for Tuberculosis
Especially immigrants entering the U.K. from countries with high incidence of the disease
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Intravaginal Probiotic May Lower UTIs in Premenopausal Women
High-level vaginal colonization with L. crispatus tied to drop in recurrence in treatment group
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Behavioral Interventions Succeed in Promoting Condom Use
Interventions do not focus on human papillomavirus or risk of cervical cancer
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Triple-Class Viral Failure Low in HIV-Infected Children
But children infected perinatally with HIV have higher triple-class viral failure rate than adults
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Test Effective for Detection of Tuberculosis
Test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, rifampicin resistance shows high sensitivity and specificity
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Room for Improvement in Polio Surveillance Observed
Underperforming subnational areas identified in countries with outbreaks
Friday, April 15, 2011

Incidence of and Hospitalization for Dengue Fever Escalate
International travel and increased global incidence affect U.S. rates of tropical diseases
Thursday, April 14, 2011

MRSA Prevention Programs Have Conflicting Results
Stepped-up efforts fall short in one study, succeed greatly in another
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Antibiotics for Acne May Not Up Prevalence of S. aureus
Long-term tetracycline use for acne may lower prevalence without increasing resistance
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Non-AIDS-Defining Cancers Increase Among HIV Patients
Increases likely due to growth and aging of the HIV-infected population
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Alternative HPV Dosing Schedules Effective in Girls
Noninferiority criteria met in alternative dosing schedules within 12 months
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fixed-Dose Combos Equally Effective in TB Treatment
Drug combination does not demonstrate full noninferiority, but has potential advantages
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Increased Genital Shedding in Symptomatic HSV-2 Patients
High shedding rates and more frequent lesions in those with symptomatic herpes simplex virus-2
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

H. pylori Therapy Effective in Half of Treated Children
Eradication does not appear to influence iron stores
Monday, April 11, 2011

FDA OKs Rapid Test to Spot C. difficile Infection
Detects toxin gene sequences associated with the epidemic 027/NAP1/BI strain of the bacterium
Friday, April 08, 2011

'Global Trigger Tool' Identifies 10 Times More Errors
New tool identifies many more adverse events in hospital admissions compared to other methods
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Imported Measles Cases in 2011 on Par With Recent Years
United States had 13 cases in early 2011, including seven in children aged 6 to 23 months
Thursday, April 07, 2011

New Yellow Fever Vaccine Safe and Effective
Vaccine containing inactivated antigen is promising alternative to live vaccine
Thursday, April 07, 2011

AACR: Human Papillomavirus Tied to Lung Cancer
High-risk HPV antibodies increased in lung cancer cases compared to controls
Monday, April 04, 2011

Community-Associated MRSA Infections Are Seasonal
Seasonal variation of hospital-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus in children
Monday, April 04, 2011

Tetanus Cases Rare but Some Populations More Vulnerable
Older adults, injection drug users, people with diabetes more likely to be infected
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
Low-income patients, blacks, and Hispanics less likely to use Internet personal health record
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Inadequacies Identified in HIV Health Care Provision
Strategies to provide adequate care include task-shifting, care coordination, co-management
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Four-Dose Rabies Prevention Vaccine Schedule Endorsed
American Academy of Pediatrics accepts new recommendations for postexposure vaccine
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Decline Seen in Global Youth Mortality Over Last 50 Years
Smaller decline seen for young men aged 15 to 24, with injury being the main cause of deaths
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Room Cleaning Linked to Lower Drug-Resistant Infections
Enhanced cleaning interventions may lower drug-resistant infection risk from previous occupant
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Disclosing Agent Determines If Operating Rooms Are Clean
Results show that only 25 percent of tested surfaces in operating rooms were cleaned
Monday, March 28, 2011

U.S. Shingles Vaccine Approval Expanded
To include people in their 50s
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuberculosis Rates in United States at All-Time Low
But the country still falls short of goal of less than 0.1 case per 100,000 population
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reduced Hours for Trainees Has Had Little Effect in U.S.
Shorter work week for doctors in training has had little impact, positive or negative, on patient safety
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rheumatic Disease Patients Require Two Flu Vaccine Doses
Vaccine response independently affected by certain disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hydrocortisone Lowers Risk of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
Intravenous hydrocortisone lowers the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia in trauma patients
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Antibiotics Reduce Risk of ICU-Acquired Infection
Two preventive regimens reduce risk of infection with highly resistant microorganisms
Monday, March 21, 2011

Oral Vaccine May Prevent Half of Cholera Episodes
Cochrane review confirms vaccine's safety, suggests poorer efficacy in children under 5
Monday, March 21, 2011

Multifaceted Approach Reduces Pneumonia in ICU
Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates fall in ICU after intervention improves guideline compliance
Monday, March 21, 2011

Group B Strep Still Main Cause of Neonatal Meningitis
Escherichia coli is most common cause of bacterial meningitis in preterm infants
Monday, March 21, 2011

Artesunate Provides Superior Treatment for Severe Malaria
More effective than standard quinine treatment for both children and adults
Friday, March 18, 2011

Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
Nearly one-third of doctors fail to report inadequate colleague, often for fear of retribution
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Short Nurse Staffing Linked to Higher Patient Mortality
More deaths seen when shifts fall eight or more hours below target
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fever Not Tied to Influenza Virus Shedding Duration
Despite CDC recommendations, influenza virus is still shed 24 hours after the fever subsides
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

U.S. Death Rate Reaches All-Time Low
In 2009, death rate hits 741 per 100,000 population, a 2.3 percent decline
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Cholera Cases and Deaths Expected in Haiti
Clean water, vaccinations, better antibiotic distribution could reduce cholera cases and deaths
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

U.S. Has Higher Rates of Chronic Disease Than England
Americans experience higher chronic disease rates than their English counterparts at all ages
Monday, March 14, 2011

Risk of Infection, Malignancy With Anti-TNF Therapy Unclear
No raised risk in early rheumatoid arthritis patients, naive to methotrexate
Friday, March 11, 2011

Many Hepatitis C-Positive Patients Are Uninsured
Even lower proportion of patients who are eligible for treatment are covered by insurance
Friday, March 11, 2011

CDC: Many HIV-Exposed Children Get Pre-Chewed Food
Third of caregivers of HIV-exposed children aged ≥6 months say the children got premasticated food
Friday, March 11, 2011

HealthGrades Finds Rates of Patient Safety Events Vary
Patients have 46 percent lower risk of safety error in top versus bottom-ranking hospitals
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
Gap exists in academic performance of white versus nonwhite medical students and doctors
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pharmacological Meta-Analyses Rarely Report Disclosures
Meta-analyses of pharmacological interventions rarely disclose funding or conflicts of interest
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

FDA: Adverse Events Tied to Kaletra in Preterm Infants
FDA revises label to include new warning outlining serious event risk in premature babies
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Sexual Behavior in U.S. Adults Little Changed Since 2002
Though younger adults more likely to have had no sexual contact
Thursday, March 03, 2011

High Hepatitis B Immunity in U.S. Children, Adolescents
Lower hepatitis B virus immunity in adults, including those at high risk of infection
Thursday, March 03, 2011

Role of Diabetes in Premature Death Is Substantial
Risk of death from many nonvascular causes higher in people with diabetes
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

FDA Cracking Down on Unapproved Prescription Drugs
Agency to remove unapproved cough, cold, and allergy medications from U.S. market
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Higher Spending Does Not Improve Sepsis Outcomes
More than one-third of hospitals significantly exceed expected spending
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Type of Health Care-Associated Infections Is Falling
Central line-associated blood stream infections decline in ICUs; still high elsewhere
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

HPV Incidence, Clearance in Men Linked to Sexual Behavior
Oncogenic HPV infection significantly higher in men with more female and male sex partners
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Necrotizing Fasciitis Pathogen Can Predict Urgency
Vibrio vulnificus causes more rapidly progressing, fulminant infection than Staphylococcus aureus
Monday, February 28, 2011

Herpes Zoster Risk Tied to COPD
Risk of herpes zoster also increases with the use of steroids, particularly oral corticosteroids
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Children With Hepatitis C May Benefit From Ribavirin
Improved response for children treated with combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pediatric Kingella Kingae Cases Require Vigilance
Kingella kingae is transmitted by close contact and presents subtly in very young children
Friday, February 18, 2011

CDC: U.S. Influenza Activity Rates Up Since Mid-December
Influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated in the 2010/2011 season
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Clean Uniforms Have Same Bacteria As Dirty White Coats
No difference in bacterial colonization of freshly laundered uniforms and white coats worn all day
Thursday, February 17, 2011

New U.S. Report on the Nation's Health 2010 Released
The 34th annual CDC report includes a special feature on death and dying
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Child Outpatient Pneumonia Rates Unaffected by Vaccine
No change in incidence between 1997 and 2004; increase seen in broad spectrum antibiotic use
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blood-Borne Infection Risk Dropping Among Drug Users
Hepatitis C virus transmission still relatively high compared to HIV
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Most Recalled Medical Devices Given Lenient Approval
Over 70 percent of the medical devices recalled were considered low or moderate risk
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dietary Fiber Consumption Linked to Reduced Mortality
Dietary fiber may reduce risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory diseases
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Researchers Explore Nature of Difficult Clinical Encounters
Patients, physicians both contribute characteristics; difficult patients have worse outcomes
Monday, February 14, 2011

Screening Patients for MRSA Is Cost-Effective
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening reduces overall cost of patient care
Monday, February 14, 2011

Enteric Sickness in Schools Often Has Foodborne Source
Majority of outbreaks have a bacterial etiology
Friday, February 11, 2011

Public Sector Plays Big Role in Drug Research
Role of public-sector research institutions larger than previously thought
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

AAD: Athletes at Higher Risk of Contagious Skin Infections
Skin-to-skin contact of athletes increases the risk of bacterial, viral, and fungal skin infections
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Antenatal HIV Exposure Tied to Lower Infant Antibodies
HIV in pregnancy linked to lower Haemophilus influenzae b and pneumococcus antibody titers
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Single Dose of H1N1 Vaccine Highly Effective in Young
Study finds adjusted effectiveness was 93 percent overall in Canada in 2009
Friday, February 04, 2011

Half of HIV Diagnoses in Blacks/African-Americans
Black males, females diagnosed at eight and 19 times the rate of white males, females
Thursday, February 03, 2011

H1N1 Vaccine Appears Safe
Surveillance identifies few serious adverse events, no increased risk of Guillain-Barré
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Vaccine Prevents Human Papillomavirus in Males
Vaccination efficacious against genital lesions and genital human papillomavirus infection
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Cause of Fever in Febrile Seizures Needs to Be Identified
New guidelines stress importance of finding cause of fever, use of interventions when necessary
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Immunization Schedules for Children, Adolescents Updated
Update includes recommendations on vaccines for hepatitis B, influenza, human papillomavirus
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Long-Term Sequelae Affect Childhood Meningitis Survivors
Almost 50 percent of bacterial meningitis survivors have long-term consequences
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Few Older Adults Receive Herpes Zoster Vaccination
Only 6.7 percent of adults aged 60 and older were vaccinated by 2008
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality
Use with clinical decision support not tied to better quality of care
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rotavirus Vaccination Prevents Hospital-Acquired Infection
Decrease seen in number of community-acquired and hospital-acquired cases of rotavirus infection
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CDC: Reported Influenza-Like Illness Widespread in 2009-10
Data reveal that a substantial percentage reporting influenza-like illness sought health care
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pneumonia Guidelines May Need Adjustment
Guideline-based treatment for multidrug-resistant disease in ICUs linked to higher risk of death
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Malaria Vaccine Offers Children Long-Lasting Protection
Young African children may be protected from malaria for at least 15 months after vaccination
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

HIV Transmission During Breast-Feeding Can Be Reduced
Risk of HIV transmission may be reduced by triple antiretroviral prophylaxis for mothers
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Men More Open to HPV Vaccine If Framed As Averting Cancer
Cancer-preventing benefits influence men equally, regardless of sexual orientation
Thursday, January 13, 2011

High Cost of Hospitalization for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Ambulatory treatment is more cost-effective for teens with pelvic inflammatory disease
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Private Room ICU May Reduce Infection Acquisition
Infection rate drops with shift from multibed to single-room units
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vaccine Reduces Risk of Herpes Zoster
In immunocompetent adults over age 60, herpes vaccine protects from herpes zoster
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Corticosteroid Use May Shorten Children's Hospital Stays
Readmission rates higher in children not receiving both corticosteroids and β-agonists
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Obesity Prevalent Among 2009 H1N1-Infected Californians
Extreme obesity tied to a higher risk of death for 2009 H1N1 patients
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

Male Circumcision Reduces HPV Transmission
Circumcision lowers the prevalence and incidence of HPV infection in female partners
Friday, January 07, 2011

Behavioral Interventions in Youths Lower STI Risk
Interventions reduce risky sexual behavior and disease transmission among adolescents
Thursday, January 06, 2011

Clostridium Difficile Infection Up in Hospitalized Children
Risk particularly high in those with bowel disease or requiring antibiotics or immunosuppression
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Rotavirus Vaccine Linked to Consistent Effect in Children
Drop in pediatric hospitalizations in 2007 to 2008 season was sustained but smaller in next season
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Adherence to Schedule for HPV Vaccination Series Low
Rates lower among blacks and publicly-insured females
Friday, December 17, 2010

Report Addresses Vaccination Disparities in Older Adults
African-Americans and Hispanics less likely than whites to receive flu, pneumonia vaccination
Thursday, December 16, 2010

2009 H1N1 Vaccine Effective and Safe in Beijing
PANFLU.1 vaccine found to have an estimated effectiveness of 87.3 percent in schoolchildren
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Incidence of Neonatal Herpes Varies by Region, Insurance
Rates higher in Midwest and among Medicaid-covered patients
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reimbursement Issues Hinder Combination Vaccine Uptake
Practice size, patient insurance status play a role for pediatricians too
Monday, December 06, 2010

CDC: Flu Outbreak in Georgia Signifies Start of Flu Season
Georgia reporting an increase in flu cases among youths, but flu vaccine likely a good match
Monday, December 06, 2010

Long-Term Toxoplasmosis Outcomes Generally Good
Those who develop chorioretinitis usually do before age 5 and almost always before age 10
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bloodstream Infections Tied to Excess Mortality in ICU
Pneumonia also greatly increases mortality, but antimicrobial resistance does not up length of stay
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Inactivated Flu Vaccine Effective in Protecting Young Children
Finnish study examines effect of trivalent inactivated vaccine in children aged 9 months to 3 years
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chlamydia Screening Remains Important for Doctors to Note
For young women getting biennial Pap smears, chlamydia screening opportunities being missed
Monday, November 29, 2010

IBD Patients With Infection at Higher Risk for Complications
Patients with nosocomial infections have longer length of stay, increased mortality risk
Monday, November 29, 2010

Home STI Testing Improves Screening Rates
Women on long-acting contraceptives more likely to get screening if they don't have to go to clinic
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Reallocation of Care Would Increase PCPs' Work Weeks
Study investigates plausibility of reallocating specialty care follow-up to primary care physicians
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Drug Combination May Prevent HIV Acquisition
Taking the antiretroviral drugs daily appears effective in men who have sex with men
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ACOG Issues Guidelines for Care of Women With HIV
27 percent of HIV-positive/AIDS cases in U.S. are women, most in reproductive years
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gastroenteritis Outbreak Tied to Later Health Problems
Condition after water contamination linked to higher risk of renal impairment, CVD
Friday, November 19, 2010

U.S. Health Insurance Compared to 10 Other Nations
U.S. adults spend more time, money on insurance; have more coverage denials
Friday, November 19, 2010

Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
Characteristics of articles retracted for fraud versus error suggest deliberate effort
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review Notes Shift in Otitis Media Microbiology After PCV7
Antibiotic treatment only modestly more effective than no treatment for acute otitis media
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ACAAI: Influenza Vaccines May Vary in Allergen Amounts
Individuals with allergies who tolerated a flu vaccine in the past may not in future
Monday, November 15, 2010

Child Mortality in India Found to Be Largely Preventable
Researchers ID causes that could be addressed to reduce death rate in very young children
Monday, November 15, 2010

Physician-Industry Financial Ties Decreased Since 2004
But 83.8 percent of physicians still have some type of industry financial relationship
Friday, November 12, 2010

Combo Therapy With Ribavirin Superior in Children With Hep C
53 percent responded to PEG2a and ribavirin compared to 21 percent taking PEG2a and placebo
Friday, November 12, 2010

Most Family Doctors Provide Routine Vaccinations
Obstacles include small practice size and lack of adequate payment
Thursday, November 11, 2010

AACR: Few Women Vaccinated for Cancer-Causing HPV
About a quarter begin the three-shot vaccination series, and less than a third of those complete it
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cell Phone Messaging Improves HIV Treatment in Kenya
Messages sent to new patients increase medication compliance, percent with viral suppression
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Disparity Found for Blood Infection Estimate Methods
Variability of rates relative to computer algorithm suggests wide variation across medical centers
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

HPV Vaccine Program Reduces Genital Warts Diagnoses
Diagnoses in Australia reduced by 59 percent in young women, 28 percent in heterosexual men
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Artesunate Better Than Quinine for Malaria Treatment in Africa
Known to be better in Asia; drug also lowers pediatric falciparum malaria mortality in Africa
Monday, November 08, 2010

Older Americans Have Higher Disease Risk Than English
However, Americans at same or lower risk of mortality compared to English counterparts
Thursday, November 04, 2010

Very Elderly Women at Risk for Unneeded Catheter Placement
Those aged 80 and older more likely than those 50 and under to receive inappropriate catheter in ER
Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Cholera Outbreak Strain in Haiti Identified
Laboratory testing reveals current outbreak most similar to cholera strains in South Asia
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Many Children Hospitalized With H1N1 Were in ICU or Died
Premature infants, those with underlying illnesses had higher rate of severe complications
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Exercise Tied to Reduced Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Near-daily aerobic exercisers have 43 percent fewer URTI days than sedentary people
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

CDC Warns Travelers of Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
Those visiting Haiti urged to take precautions to protect themselves from the disease
Friday, October 29, 2010

Pneumonia Vaccination Rate Has Increased in Older Adults
Number still short Healthy People 2010 goal, and there are substantial racial disparities
Friday, October 29, 2010

CDC: Second Dose of Meningitis Vaccine Recommended
Panel says teens should get meningitis booster, as vaccine doesn't last as long as thought
Thursday, October 28, 2010

CDC: Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended for Elderly
Elderly adults in close contact with infants may spread the infection to them
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Probe-to-Bone Best Test for Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis
Compared to gold-standard of bone histology, PTB better than other tests
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sepsis in Elderly Linked to Lost Cognition, Functionality
These effects not seen in survivors of non-sepsis hospitalizations
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages
In other study, physicians point to Medicare reimbursement problems, differ on reforms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Bivalent Poliovirus Vaccine Appears Effective
Found to be superior to trivalent vaccine and non-inferior to monovalent vaccines
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teens With Both-Sex Partners Engage in Risky Behaviors
Nearly 9 percent of girls have both-sex partners; 3 percent of both genders have only same-sex partners
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vaccination Rate Down in Privately-Insured Children
Could be due to autism fears; rate has increased among children with Medicaid
Monday, October 25, 2010

IDSA: Brazilian MRSA Strain Found in United States
Session also outlines agents to address bacterial resistance to different pathogens
Monday, October 25, 2010

Infections Exert Heavy Mortality Toll in Cirrhosis
Infections increase mortality nearly four-fold; can be seen as additional prognostic factor in cirrhosis
Friday, October 22, 2010

IDSA: H1N1 Vaccine Safe, Well Tolerated in Pregnant Women
Vaccine uptake in pregnant women substantially higher than in previous influenza seasons
Friday, October 22, 2010

Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Affects Flu Shots for Children
Rates for vaccine administration vary widely state by state and strongly influence vaccination rates
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CDC Compares Accuracy of Fever Screening Systems
Two of three models tested detect fever better than the patients can themselves
Monday, October 18, 2010

Rates of Recommended Tdap Vaccination Low
And rates of tetanus vaccination changed little from 1999 to 2008
Friday, October 15, 2010

Sex Practices Driving Surge in HPV-Linked Oral Cancer
In Stockholm, 93 percent of tonsillar cancers were HPV-positive in 2006-2007
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Studies Assess Regimens After Nevirapine
Included HIV-infected women, children with earlier exposure to single-dose nevirapine
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Flu Vaccination Can Prevent Future Epidemic Wave
Computer model results suggest vaccinating even while current wave subsides
Friday, October 08, 2010

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Rates Up Slightly in Children
In addition, typically low levels of influenza activity occurred in summer months
Friday, October 08, 2010

Many Americans Do Not Plan to Receive Flu Vaccination
Misconceptions are key reason for this; however, nearly all physicians intend to be vaccinated
Thursday, October 07, 2010

ArtemetherLumefantrine As Effective As Quinine
Artemisinin combination also better tolerated than quinine in pregnant women with malaria
Thursday, October 07, 2010

Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy Reduces Infants' Infection Risk
Risk of influenza, hospitalization lower in infants born to mothers vaccinated while pregnant
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Age at Cancer Diagnosis Similar in AIDS, General Populations
Only lung and anal cancers diagnosed at an earlier age in patients with AIDS
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Study Highlights U.S. Adult and Adolescent Sexual Behaviors
Finds substantial variability in behaviors; highlights condom use in those aged 14 to 94
Monday, October 04, 2010

Tissue Oxygenation Test Predicts Surgical Site Infection
Subcutaneous oxygen measured with near-infrared spectroscopy may identify at-risk patients
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dexamethasone Therapy Improves Meningitis Outcomes
Use on national scale tied to large improvement in pneumococcal meningitis prognosis
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Oseltamivir May Prevent Pneumonia in H1N1 Patients
Also appears to reduce duration of fever, viral RNA shedding if taken within two days of symptom onset
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vaccines Provide Hep B Immunity in Children for at Least 5 Years
Booster doses appear unnecessary for infants who receive hexavac or infanrix hexa
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Breast-Feeding Linked to Protection Against Infections
Exclusive breast-feeding for six months tied to fewer and less severe infections in infants
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection Surveillance Varies
Differs greatly among PICUs, with more aggressive practices tied to higher CA-BSI rates
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Children With H1N1 Have More Neurologic Complications
Compared to seasonal flu, more frequent and severe complications seen with H1N1
Friday, September 24, 2010

ACOG: Pregnant Women Should Get Flu Vaccine Early
Committee recommends vaccine regardless of gestational age
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Elevated Post-Op Glucose Ups Risk of Surgical Site Infection
Vascular surgeries also carry higher infection risk, but risk factors differ
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Influenza Vaccine Tied to Reduced Heart Attack Rate
But pneumococcal vaccine does not appear to decrease rate of first acute myocardial infarction
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Adenovirus Infection Linked to Childhood Obesity
Study finds that 78 percent of children with AD36-specific antibodies are obese
Monday, September 20, 2010

U.S. Vaccine Coverage Remains High in Young Children
Coverage for most routine vaccines at or close to Healthy People 2010 goal of 90 percent
Friday, September 17, 2010

FDA Issues Label Change for Valganciclovir Hydrochloride
New pediatric dosing recommendation issued in an effort to prevent overdosing in children
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sacrifice Makes Industry Gifts Seem More Acceptable
Residents reminded of med school sacrifices tend to perceive gifting more favorably
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Re-Consent Important Before Secondary Use of Genetic Data
Research participants want to be asked before their data are added to federal database
Monday, September 13, 2010

Annual Medical Liability Costs Surpass $50 Billion
Account for more than 2 percent of total health care spending in the United States
Thursday, September 09, 2010

Nevirapine Reuse in Children With HIV May Be Safe
Switch from protease inhibitor-based regimen safe for most children
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Pandemic H1N1 Affected Younger Patients Than H3N2
But rate of serious complications similar between 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu strains
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Serotype 19A Acquisition Tied to Vaccine Schedule
Nasopharyngeal acquisition of serotype 19A linked to 2+1-dose PCV-7 schedule
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Urban Clinic Increases HIV Testing Uptake in Adolescents
Testing rate rises after posting of routine testing recommendations, rapid testing implementation
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Protocol Guides Wound Closure Timing for Open Fractures
Relies on wound culture results after irrigation and surgical debridement
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Assay for Tuberculosis Shows Promise in Low-Income Areas
Test simple to perform, has high sensitivity in smear-negative cases of disease
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Recommendations Updated
AAP policy statement discusses use of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine for 2010/2011 season
Monday, August 30, 2010

Vaccination Coverage Estimate Shrinks With New Method
Haemophilus influenzae vaccination coverage estimate drops by almost a third
Friday, August 27, 2010

CDC's Revised Influenza Death Estimates Show Wide Variation
In last three decades, annual death rate has ranged from about 3,300 to more than 48,000
Friday, August 27, 2010

ACOG Makes Recommendations for Use of HPV Vaccination
Group urges vaccination in girls at 11 to 12 years of age; older girls and women may still get benefit
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ACOG Recommends Antibiotics Before Cesarean Delivery
Antimicrobial prophylaxis should be given within hour of C-section start, group advises
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rotavirus Vaccine Effective in Preventing Hospitalizations
Three-dose coverage reduces acute gastroenteritis hospitalizations in vaccinated, unvaccinated
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More HIV-Exposed Uninfected Infants Have Group B Strep
More likely to have late-onset, severe infections than babies born to HIV-uninfected mothers
Monday, August 23, 2010

Recommended Vaccinations Up Among U.S. Teens
Rates of Tdap, MenACWY, HPV vaccinations rose from 2008 to 2009; still room for improvement
Friday, August 20, 2010

MRSA Infection Risk Found Higher Among Illicit Drug Users
Drug users in VA cohort had three times the USA300 MRSA infection risk as non-drug users
Friday, August 20, 2010

1,097 Foodborne Outbreaks Occurred in U.S. in 2007
Resulted in 21,244 illness cases and 18 deaths; norovirus and Salmonella most common causes
Friday, August 13, 2010

Decline Seen in Peptic Ulcer Disease Hospitalizations
Hospitalizations for H. pylori infection also fell between 1998 and 2005
Friday, August 13, 2010

Screening, Eradication Curtail Post-Surgery Staph Infections
Studies demonstrate high prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus, effectiveness of screening
Friday, August 13, 2010

Cell Phones Offer New Tool in Infectious Disease Surveillance
Survey of Mexican cell users in H1N1 pandemic had low response rate, but responses were quick
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Travel Linked to Spread of Antibiotic Resistance Gene
Researchers find gene in patients in India and Pakistan, and those who visited from U.K.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Patients, Doctors Often Have Communication Discrepancies
Hospital surveys find relatively few patients can name doctor in charge; many don't know diagnosis
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Health Care-Linked MRSA Rate Shows Recent Decline
Study looks at invasive hospital-onset, health care-associated community-onset infections
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dry Pet Food May Be Contaminated With Salmonella
Research reveals first documented outbreak of human illness linked to household pet food use
Monday, August 09, 2010

Two Surveillance Systems in Haiti Monitor Disease Trends
Systems established after Jan. 12 earthquake identify those affected, coordinate relief efforts
Friday, August 06, 2010

Sponges Do Not Prevent Surgical-Site Infections
Instead, gentamicin-collagen sponges may result in more infections after colorectal surgery
Thursday, August 05, 2010

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Yield More Positive Outcomes
Also less likely than government-, nonprofit-funded trials to be published within two years
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

FDA Issues Label Change for Afluria Influenza Vaccine
Data reveal southern hemisphere formulation linked to febrile events in young children
Monday, August 02, 2010

Most Pediatricians, Family Doctors Offering HPV Vaccine
More likely to recommend to girls aged 13 to 15 than 11 to 12; cost cited as a barrier to vaccination
Monday, August 02, 2010

Higher Pediatric Mortality Marked 2009/2010 Flu Season
Also saw higher rates of hospitalization in young adults, children than in previous seasons
Friday, July 30, 2010

Flu Vaccine for Upcoming Season Approved
Protects against three strains predicted to be most prevalent
Friday, July 30, 2010

General Anesthesia May Up Surgical Site Infection Risk
After total hip or knee replacement, risk higher with general than epidural/spinal anesthesia
Thursday, July 29, 2010

HIV Care Quality in VA Hospitals Generally High
Meanwhile, French study finds increased risk for heart attack with some HIV drugs
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Younger Children Have Longer H1N1 Viral Shedding Period
During pandemic-caused school closure, many youths leave the home and parents miss work
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MODS Culture Method Beneficial in TB Diagnosis
Pediatric study supports microscopic-observation drug-susceptibility technique, gastric specimens
Monday, July 26, 2010

HPV Vaccine Demonstrates Sustained Protection
Three-dose regimen of quadrivalent vaccine reduces low-grade lesions over 42 months
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Intervention Ups Vaccination Rate in Health Care Workers
Flu vaccination intervention among clinic staff included lecture from doctor, reminder e-mails
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Post-Op, Sepsis More Common Than MI, Pulmonary Embolism
Age over 60, emergency surgery, and comorbid conditions are risk factors for sepsis
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

IAC: Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Halves New HIV Cases
British Columbia has seen precipitous drop in HIV cases since HAART introduced in 1996
Monday, July 19, 2010

IAC: False Positives Common Post-HIV Vaccination
In second study, non-targeted opt-out HIV screening in ER shows only modest benefits
Monday, July 19, 2010

FDA Issues Requirements for Baxter Infusion Pump Recall
Agency requiring Baxter to provide refunds or replacements or terminate leases
Thursday, July 15, 2010

MPV4 Vaccine Not Linked to Henoch-Schönlein Purpura
Despite periodic case reports, no cases found after more than 49,000 vaccinations
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Program Linked to Fewer HIV Risk Behaviors in Couples
African-American HIV serodiscordant couples studied in culturally directed intervention
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pneumonia, Raised CRP Level Tied to Severe H1N1 Outcomes
Especially true in those with obesity, pulmonary conditions, but healthy people often hospitalized
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

H1N1 Tied to Death, Serious Illness in Transplant Patients
But early treatment with antivirals associated with reduced rate of ICU admissions
Friday, July 09, 2010

Improper Anesthesia Practice Causes Hepatitis Outbreak
Anesthesiologist reused contaminated single-use propofol vial on multiple patients
Friday, July 09, 2010

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease Rate Lowest Since '01
There were 386 cases of WNV neuroinvasive disease and 33 WNV deaths reported in 2009
Friday, July 02, 2010

CDC: Surge in Childhood Hepatitis A Vaccination Stalled
Vaccination coverage grew 73 percent in 2006 to 2007 but has since plateaued
Friday, July 02, 2010

CDC: Vaccinia Virus Infection Linked to Sexual Contact
Woman's vaginal infection tied to boyfriend who had recent smallpox vaccination
Friday, July 02, 2010

MMRV Vaccine Ups Fever and Seizure Risk
Large study confirms previous preliminary findings in young children
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Doctors Agree Malpractice Fears Drive Overuse of Tests
Almost all surveyed physicians say more tests and procedures are ordered than needed
Monday, June 28, 2010

Rate of HIV Testing Up, New AIDS Cases Down in D.C.
Health department implemented CDC screening recommendations starting in 2006
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Computerized Decision Support Boosts Postpartum Vaccination
Implementation of algorithm dramatically increases rate of postpartum Tdap vaccination
Thursday, June 24, 2010

New 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus Test Authorized by FDA
Test developed by CDC has sensitivity and specificity greater than 96 percent
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Racial Disparities in Sepsis Explained by Two Factors
Higher incidence among black individuals attributed to higher infection rate, organ dysfunction risk
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Surgical Infection-Prevention Program Has Mixed Results
Composite adherence scores may predict post-op infection risk; scores on individual items don't
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Spinal Surgical Site Infections Usually S. Aureus
Single debridement, hardware retention, IV antibiotics work for deep surgical site infections
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Breast-Feeding for Six Months Best for Infection Prevention
Lower respiratory infection risk is decreased in these infants in first year of life
Monday, June 21, 2010

PCBs Linked to Reduced Response to Vaccinations
Higher concentrations in children associated with lower antibodies against diphtheria, tetanus
Monday, June 21, 2010

New Method Gives Better Local Start Date for RSV Prophylaxis
Using five years of data on RSV outbreaks can improve coverage at outbreak onset
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Antiretroviral Regimens Reduce Mom-Baby HIV Transmission
Options for pregnant and breast-feeding women, nursing babies all appear effective
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nurses Safely and Effectively Manage HIV Therapy
Study finds nurse-monitored antiretroviral therapy non-inferior to doctor-monitored care
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

MRSA Linked to Higher Mortality in Cystic Fibrosis
Study further establishes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as important CF pathogen
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HIV Nucleic Acid Testing With Automated Reporting Beneficial
Most uninfected patients in study use automated system to get results; NAT ups early HIV detection
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vaccination Ends Disparities in Pneumococcal Disease
Increased risk linked to race, group child care attendance no longer exists for vaccine-type IPD
Monday, June 14, 2010

Rotavirus Prescribing Information, Labeling Changed
Change due to reports of immunodeficient infants with vaccine-acquired rotavirus infection
Friday, June 11, 2010

S. aureus Infections a Greater Risk After Certain Procedures
Cardiothoracic and neurosurgical procedures linked to higher risk of invasive infections
Thursday, June 10, 2010

H1N1, Seasonal Flu Have Similar Attack Rates
Also, outbreaks of pandemic flu well controlled with oseltamivir in military camps
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Infection Control Lapses Common in Surgical Centers
Improper use of single-dose vials, blood glucose monitoring equipment are common errors
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Fatal Medication Errors Rise in July at Teaching Hospitals
Researchers say arrival of new medical residents at least partly explains the increase
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Non-Married at Greater Risk of Hospitalization for Sepsis
Singles, divorced men have highest odds of sepsis-related mortality
Friday, June 04, 2010

WHO Maintains Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Alert
Despite most intense H1N1 activity subsiding, peak of southern hemisphere influenza season in July
Friday, June 04, 2010

Electronic Patient Records Reduce Time to Treatment
Clinic decreases treatment intervals for Chlamydia after switching to electronic records
Thursday, June 03, 2010

FDA: Claris IV Medications Recalled Due to Contamination
Recall issued due to white foreign matter found in IV bags of metronidazole and ondasetron
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Children Respond Well to Adjuvanted H1N1 Vaccine
More immunogenic than non-adjuvanted vaccine but linked to more reactions
Friday, May 28, 2010

CDC Outlines State Health-Care-Associated Infection Data
Report provides baseline that may help guide state prevention strategies and identify priorities
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Antiretroviral Therapy Greatly Cuts HIV Partner Transmission
For partner protection, low CD4 cell counts, high plasma HIV-1 concentrations could guide ART use
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Early Antibiotics in COPD Hospitalizations Beneficial
Treatment in first two days linked to decreased ventilator use, mortality
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

H1N1 in Pregnant Women Is Serious Threat to Fetuses
Those with H1N1 at increased risk for emergency cesarean, fetal distress/mortality
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Childhood Mortality Worldwide May Be Lower Than Thought
Mortality rates declined by about 60 percent since 1970; poor countries show accelerated progress
Monday, May 24, 2010

Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled Due to Salmonella Outbreak
Twenty-two salmonella cases in 10 states have resulted in six hospitalizations but no deaths
Monday, May 24, 2010

IMC: Partner's Pregnancy Doubles HIV Risk in Men
Second study suggests that tenofovir gel may be feasible for use in pregnant women
Monday, May 24, 2010

Recent Outbreak of Dengue in Key West Raises Concern
Outside of Texas-Mexico border, no U.S.-acquired cases had been confirmed in decades
Monday, May 24, 2010

On-Time Vaccinations in First Year Don't Hurt Development
Vaccinated children show normal neuropsychological development at ages 7 to 10
Monday, May 24, 2010

Major Pool Code Violations Common in United States
12 percent of inspections in convenience sample resulted in immediate pool closure
Monday, May 24, 2010

Low Phosphorus Linked to Early Death in HIV Therapy
Low levels at initiation of antiretroviral therapy appear to predict early mortality
Monday, May 24, 2010

Maternal Measles Antibodies Wane by 6 Months of Age
Infants of naturally immune moms protected longer than infants of vaccinated mothers
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TB Global Fight Still Has a Way to Go
6 million lives saved from '95 to '08, but incidence rate falling too slowly to reach long-term goals
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sagent Announces Recall of Metronidazole Injection
Intravenous antimicrobial product recalled due to non-sterility in two lots
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ACOG: HPV Vaccine Reduces Abnormal Cytology Diagnoses
Vaccine may prevent virus-associated squamous intraepithelial lesions in young women
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ATS: Published ICU Infection Rates May Mislead Public
Ventilator- and catheter-related infections do not correlate with mortality
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Antibiotic Patterns for S. Aureus in Children Have Changed
Use of antibiotics that treat MRSA has increased; clindamycin use has increased most
Monday, May 17, 2010

Many General Internists Leave Field by Mid-Career
One in six leave internal medicine versus one in 25 internal medicine subspecialists, survey finds
Friday, May 14, 2010

Sucrose or Glucose Before Shots Reduces Infants' Crying
Compared with water or no treatment, reduces incidence, duration of crying after immunization
Thursday, May 13, 2010

New FDA Program Targets Misleading Drug Advertising
Aims to teach health care providers their role in recognizing, reporting untruthful ads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Infections Cause Most Deaths in Children Under 5 Worldwide
Half of all under-5 deaths in '08 in India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, China
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Benefits Found Lacking for High-Dose Proton Pump Inhibitors
Other studies link PPIs to increased incidence of fractures, infection
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CDC: California Increases HBV Vaccination in At-Risk Adults
But the annual incidence rate of hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States has increased
Friday, May 07, 2010

CDC Finds Rotavirus Vaccine Coverage Is Increasing
But 72 percent rate is still lower than that for DTaP and PCV7 vaccines
Friday, May 07, 2010

Vaccine May Have Role in Dravet Onset; Does Not Cause Disease
Pertussis vaccination may trigger earlier onset of the disease but does not affect outcome
Thursday, May 06, 2010

WHO Committee Cites Major Gaps in H1N1 Knowledge
Panel says more research is needed to understand transmission patterns and improve management
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

White Paper Addresses Pros and Cons of HPV Typing
Appropriate use of typing may depend on creating integrated approach to cervical cancer prevention
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Concomitant Vaccination Feasible in Adolescents
Co-administration of Gardasil, Menactra, and Adacel is safe, tolerable and immunogenic
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Pneumococcal Vaccine Not Found to Reduce Heart Risks
Study of men ages 45 to 69 shows no link between vaccination and reduced risk of MI and stroke
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Cost Barriers Hamper Herpes Zoster Vaccination of Seniors
The vaccine is well tolerated, but financial barriers among physicians hinder broader uptake
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

DDW: Fewer Child Hepatitis C Cases ID'd Than Expected
Researchers estimate that very few children with the condition are receiving appropriate care
Monday, May 03, 2010

2009/2010 Flu Vaccination Rates Up Sharply for Children
Rates also increase moderately among younger adults without high-risk conditions
Friday, April 30, 2010

Risk Factors for Physician Misconduct Identified
Male sex, lower socioeconomic status, and difficulty in medical school increase misconduct risk
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interruptions Increase Medication Errors by Nurses
The higher the frequency of interruptions, the greater the error severity
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Financial Ties Negatively Affect Perceptions of Research Quality
Patients believe their physicians' ties also influence clinical care
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Most Doctors Not Knowledgeable About Herbals
Survey also finds health care providers think the public has 'misplaced faith' in herbal medicines
Monday, April 26, 2010

New P. Falciparum Malaria Drug as Effective as Standard
Pyronaridine-artesunate once daily works as well as twice-daily artemether-lumefantrine
Friday, April 23, 2010

Scientific Panel Upholds Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines
Group agrees there is lack of convincing evidence on existence of chronic Lyme disease
Thursday, April 22, 2010

T. Tonsurans Rate High in Black Children in Kansas City
12.9 percent of black kids tested were infected, compared with 6.6 percent of kids overall
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Serious Infection in Children With Fever Often Missed
Emergency department physicians may fail to appropriately prescribe antibiotics as a result
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Early Antivirals Decrease H1N1 Mortality in Pregnant Women
Also linked to fewer ICU admissions; pregnant women made up 5 percent of H1N1 deaths in 2009
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Many Physicians Ignore Interim Guidelines for Hib Vaccine
Most pediatricians, family physicians aware of recommendations for shortage; some don't comply
Monday, April 19, 2010

Chagas Disease Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke
Review authors recommend that stroke patients from endemic regions be screened for infection
Friday, April 16, 2010

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Exacts Global Toll in Children
RSV-associated acute lower-respiratory infections may kill nearly 200,000 children under 5 yearly
Friday, April 16, 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Progression to Active TB
And rate of latent tuberculosis infection high among groups at high risk for HIV
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mothers Influence Daughters' Uptake of HPV Vaccine
Young women's perceptions of their mothers' attitudes play role in vaccination decisions
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

AAN: H1N1 Vaccine Association With Guillain-Barré Studied
Preliminary report estimates an occurrence rate of only 3.5 per 10 million vaccinations
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

H1N1 Seroconversion Rates Varied in Singapore Cohorts
After 2009 wave, the rate was highest in military members, lowest in nursing-home residents, staff
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Study Questions Effectiveness of Single Chlamydia Test
Does not prevent most PID cases; may be best for women with chlamydia at baseline
Friday, April 09, 2010

Elderly on Antipsychotics at Higher Risk for Pneumonia
Study finds they have a dose-dependent increased risk for community-acquired disease
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Graded Doses of Flu Vaccine Safe for Egg-Allergic Children
Those without anaphylaxis to egg don't need to undergo vaccine skin test prior to vaccination
Monday, April 05, 2010

Health Misinformation Can Spread Fast Via Social Networks
Some Twitter status updates that share health information include misinformation on antibiotics
Monday, April 05, 2010

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Remains Inadequate
Improvement for future seasons needed for health care workers and general population
Thursday, April 01, 2010

H1N1 Still Circulating, Uptick Seen in Southeastern U.S.
Most hospitalizations seen in adults with chronic conditions; officials still urging vaccination
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chest X-Ray Helps Predict Adverse H1N1 Outcomes
However, study finds normal initial X-rays cannot exclude adverse outcomes
Monday, March 29, 2010

HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Carcinoma on the Rise
Emergent disease may have implications for public health and clinical practice
Friday, March 26, 2010

Intensive Program Can Reduce Large Hospitals' MRSA Burden
French approach featured surveillance, barriers, hand hygiene; burden fell by 35 percent
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Home Screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Popular
More women will screen for chlamydia and gonorrhea using self-collected vaginal swabs
Thursday, March 25, 2010

U.S. Tuberculosis Rate Sharply Dropped in 2009
Rate is now the lowest since national surveillance began in 1953
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

FDA Recommends Temporary Suspension of Rotarix Vaccine
Agency says porcine circovirus contamination in rotavirus vaccine likely poses no safety risk
Monday, March 22, 2010

Measles Outbreak Linked to Under-Vaccination
Intentionally unvaccinated boy triggered largest outbreak in San Diego since 1991
Monday, March 22, 2010

Antiseptic Baths Reduce Infection in Critically Ill
Reductions seen in catheter-related infections, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Friday, March 19, 2010

Household H1N1 Transmission Usually Starts With Children
Most index patients are age 18 and younger; under 5's have highest secondary attack risk
Monday, March 15, 2010

Pediatric C. difficile-Related Hospitalizations Increasing
Study finds incidence lowest in newborns and highest in children aged 1 to 4 years
Monday, March 15, 2010

Extended Use of Catheters in Newborns Linked to Infection
Risk of central line-associated bloodstream infections particularly increases after 35 days
Monday, March 15, 2010

Self-Testing for HPV May Increase Detection Rates
Home test kits can reach high-risk women who don't attend screening programs
Friday, March 12, 2010

Article Outlines Use of PCV13 Vaccine in Young Children
Other report says vaccine should greatly reduce rate of pneumococcal disease in children under 5
Friday, March 12, 2010

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Efforts Evaluated
Study finds gaps persist in hospital policies and practices to prevent perinatal transmission
Friday, March 12, 2010

One in Six Americans Ages 14 to 49 Has Herpes
CDC reports that African-American women have the highest prevalence of the disease
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lung Cancer Incidence in HIV-Infected Women Studied
Smoking behaviors that increase lung cancer risk strongly associated with HIV infection
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

C-Reactive Protein Test May Help Guide Infection Treatment
CRP testing in patients with respiratory infections leads to similar outcomes with reduced antibiotic use
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vaccinating Children Shown to Reduce Flu Transmission
Selectively immunizing children and adolescents protects the unimmunized
Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Visitors and Displaced Persons at High Risk of Malaria in Haiti
Documented post-earthquake cases underscore need for strict chemoprophylaxis adherence
Monday, March 08, 2010

Severe Liver Injury Still a Concern in Isoniazid Treatment
Severe injuries, deaths seen in isoniazid-treated patients underscore need for close monitoring
Monday, March 08, 2010

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Beneficial in HIV
Seven-valent conjugate vaccine protects against recurrent infection caused by multiple serotypes
Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Medical Checklists Needed to Improve Care and Outcomes
Johns Hopkins authors advocate medical checklist use and propose a process to develop them
Monday, February 22, 2010

New System Aims to Improve Blood Transfusion Safety
Using national data, CDC will monitor adverse events related to transfusions
Friday, February 19, 2010

Program Found to Increase Flu Vaccination Rates
Campaign includes multiple vaccination sites and monitoring of vaccination status
Thursday, February 18, 2010

H. Pylori Often Unrelated to Children's Gastrointestinal Pain
Review finds no link with recurrent abdominal pain, but possible link with unspecified pain
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Effect of Cigar, Pipe Smoke on Lung Function Assessed
Pipe, cigar smoking linked to increased urine cotinine levels, decreased lung function
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Keeping Vaccination Records Linked to Greater Compliance
Children with patient-held vaccination records were more likely to be up-to-date on their shots
Monday, February 15, 2010

Rapid H1N1 Flu Test Found to Be of Limited Value in Children
Poor sensitivity suggests pediatricians should not solely rely on test to make treatment decisions
Monday, February 15, 2010

Treating Herpes May Slow HIV in Co-Infected Patients
Study shows benefit of suppressing herpes virus before starting antiretroviral therapy
Monday, February 15, 2010

Seminal Plasma, Not Cells May Be Key to HIV Transmission
Study implicates cell-free HIV RNA, not cell-associated HIV DNA in spreading disease
Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 H1N1-Related Deaths and Hospitalizations Examined
CDC finds cases, related hospitalizations and deaths highest among 18 to 64 year olds
Monday, February 15, 2010

Immunization Information Systems More Widely Used
Survey finds four in five vaccination grantees now track records electronically
Friday, February 12, 2010

Mnemonic Device for Patient Decision-Making Assessed
'CURVES' approach less complex and time-consuming for emergency decisions
Friday, February 12, 2010

Camp Mumps Outbreak Sickens Over 1,500 People
CDC reports boy contracted mumps in United Kingdom, infected campmates
Friday, February 12, 2010

Myocarditis Linked to Pandemic H1N1 Flu in Children
Several cases of this rare complication found over a one month period
Thursday, February 11, 2010

AHRQ: U.S. Adults Seeing Big Barriers to Specialty Care
About one in 13 who need specialty care report 'big problem' in gaining access to specialists
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FDA Initiative Aims to Cut Medical Radiation Exposure
Focus of efforts include computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Flu Vaccination Found Safe, Immunogenic in Young Infants
Study suggests protection against flu may be safely obtained in infants less than 6 months old
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Impact of HIV Drug Adherence Programs Evaluated
Analysis suggests implementing current best practice will effectively promote adherence
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Needle Length May Affect Vaccination Results in Obese
HBV study in young adults supports link between lower muscle penetration and immune response
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

H1N1 Vaccination Still Highly Recommended
H1N1 activity leveling off, but CDC still recommends vaccination
Monday, February 08, 2010

Many American Adults Do Not Get Recommended Vaccines
40,000 to 50,000 die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, per report
Monday, February 08, 2010

Coalition Launches Campaign to Limit Residents' Hours
Advocates say 30-hour workdays cause fatigue and medical errors that impact patient safety
Friday, February 05, 2010

Health Care Spending Makes Record Leap in GDP Share
GDP health share now estimated at 17.3 percent; health spending in 2019 projected at $4.5 trillion
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Steroids in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Studied
Inhaled corticosteroids may only provide modest benefit in preventing exacerbations
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Latent Tuberculosis Infection Therapy Compliance Examined
Less than half of patients who start treatment complete the recommended therapy course
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Diversity Growth Incremental in the Medical Professions
A century after the Flexner Report, minorities still woefully underrepresented and obstacles remain
Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Lancet Retracts Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism
Medical panel finds several elements of the controversial study to be incorrect
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Pilot Study Finds Bacterial Vaginosis Self-Test Effective
Women accurately tested themselves and then sought treatment
Friday, January 29, 2010

Disease Now Main Cause of Death in Darfur Conflict
As violence-related deaths have subsided, deaths related to diarrhea have increased
Friday, January 22, 2010

Treatments Linked to Lower Risk of C. difficile Recurrence
Patients treated with two monoclonal antibodies targeting bacteria's toxins, along with antibiotics
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tylenol Recall in Effect Includes Several Other Drugs
Motrin, Benadryl and Rolaids are also part of recall by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Diabetes Patients May Be at Higher Risk for Lung Diseases
Patients are prone to asthma, fibrosis, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Low-Risk Criteria Help Guide Care for Infants With Fever
Careful evaluation and observation for low-risk infants can spare antibiotic treatment
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Number of People Infected by H1N1 Reaches 55 Million
About 20 percent of people have been vaccinated; health officials urge others to do so
Monday, January 18, 2010

Rituximab May Adversely Affect Immune Function
Studies show the drug decreases RA patients' response to pneumococcal and influenza vaccines
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Biomedical Research Funding Shows Decline in 2008
The decline followed 7.8 percent annual increases in 1994 to 2003, 3.4 percent in 2003 to 2007
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Increased Caffeine Linked to Reduced Hepatic Fibrosis
Daily consumption of more than two cups of coffee may be associated with less severe disease
Monday, January 11, 2010

Skin Preparations Decrease Risk of Surgical-Site Infections
Reduced risk seen with mupirocin nasal ointment and chlorhexidine soap, chlorhexidine-alcohol
Wednesday, January 06, 2010

2010 Childhood Vaccination Schedules Approved
Guideline changes include guidance for H1N1 flu vaccine and human papillomavirus vaccine
Monday, January 04, 2010

Precautions and Training Can Reduce Scalpel Injuries
Study suggests technological innovations reduce the need for traditional blades
Thursday, December 31, 2009

H1N1 Flu Waning, but Many Vaccine Doses Unused
CDC says 60 million people have been vaccinated, but 111 million doses have been distributed
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Severe H1N1 Infection Linked to Elevated Cytokine Levels
The role of Th1 and Th17 mediators in mild and severe H1N1 disease warrant further study
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Head Count of Epidemiologists Has Dropped Since 2006
Study also finds bioterrorism/emergency response capacity has declined
Monday, December 21, 2009

H1N1 Mortality Found to Be Unexpectedly Low in England
But authors recommend wider vaccination program, point out importance of antiviral drugs
Friday, December 11, 2009

CDC: 15 Percent of Americans Have Had H1N1 Flu
Report says most of the deaths have been in children and young adults
Friday, December 11, 2009

Patients Often Lack Knowledge of Their Own Medications
Study suggests incorporating them into medication management would improve safety
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Most Early Cases of H1N1 Across China Were Mild
Research into May and June cases highlights rapid improvements in surveillance in China
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Shingles Incidence Following Varicella Vaccination Low
Delayed vaccination, asthma and development disorders linked to slightly higher rates
Friday, December 04, 2009

HPV Vaccine Can Maintain Effectiveness Beyond Six Years
GlaxoSmithKline Study Group reports sustained efficacy over HPV types linked to cervical cancer
Thursday, December 03, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Rates Drop in Many States
Another surge may happen later; enough vaccine available for most people to get vaccinated soon
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Women Researchers Lag Behind Men in Grant Awards
Study finds 36.2 percent of women researchers earn awards versus 45.6 percent of men
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

CDC: Worrisome Spike Seen in Pneumococcal Disease
CDC also relays that H1N1 vaccine supply continues to increase
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Most Medical Journals Have Conflict of Interest Policies
Still, study suggests definition of conflict and disclosure requirements of authors vary greatly
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pandemic Influenza May Hurt Economy in United Kingdom
Modest impact on gross domestic product may be compounded by school and work absenteeism
Friday, November 20, 2009

Herpes Virus Shedding Studied With Mathematical Model
Model suggests a constant release of small virus amounts from neurons in the genital tract
Thursday, November 19, 2009

People at High Risk of Swine Flu Warned to Avoid Hajj
Saudi Arabian officials advised to have facility available to isolate pilgrims with flu symptoms
Monday, November 16, 2009

Depression Linked to Immune Response in Pregnancy
Study suggests pregnant women with depression may experience greater inflammatory responses
Friday, November 13, 2009

Campaign to Decrease Illegal Antibiotic Use Assessed
Study finds educational campaign not sufficient to decrease use among Latino community
Friday, November 13, 2009

CDC: New H1N1 Tracking Method Ups Estimates
Revised estimation method may provide more accurate picture of pandemic
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Common Infections May Increase Risk of First Stroke
Individual infections alone may not increase risk but infectious burden associated with higher risk
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Study Finds Costs of Quality Programs Burden Practices
Another study finds many clinical trials change study design outcomes without explanation
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Medical Errors Disclosure Can Help Physicians and Patients
Second study suggests patients give higher quality ratings when staff report mistakes
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pollutants May Increase Bronchiolitis Risk in Infants
Study finds that some pollutants put infants at modest risk for respiratory health compromise
Monday, November 09, 2009

CHEST: Abnormal Sleep Can Affect Intensive Care Nurses
Another study finds staffing model in ICU decreases rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia
Thursday, November 05, 2009

Stats Helps Paint Picture of H1N1 Hospitalizations
Study reviews cases of flu hospitalizations and deaths in California from April to August
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Pregnant Women Need Only One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine
However, a recent trial sugests children aged 6 months to 9 years receive two shots
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Perioperative Beta-Blocker Therapy Guidelines Updated
Treatment initiation requires careful consideration of risks and benefits to patient
Monday, November 02, 2009

IDSA: Attitudes Toward Flu Vaccination Vary at Hospital
Physicians more likely to think they are at higher risk for flu, and immunization is safe and effective
Monday, November 02, 2009

Background Disease Rates Important in H1N1 Pandemic
Awareness is essential to prevent public fears that could hinder mass immunization programs
Monday, November 02, 2009

IDSA: Gender Linked to Late HIV Diagnosis in Minorities
Heterosexual African-American males twice as likely to have low CD4+ counts as females
Monday, November 02, 2009

Pediatric H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach at Least 114
CDC says 90 percent of swine flu deaths are in people younger than 65 years
Monday, November 02, 2009

IDSA: Study Looks at Rates of C. difficile Hospital Infections
Higher rates of infection found in hospitals with fewer than 100 beds than in larger hospitals
Friday, October 30, 2009

Swine Flu Radiographic and CT Imaging Patterns Studied
Ground-glass opacities and consolidations in one or both lungs may resemble pneumonia
Friday, October 30, 2009

HIV Stigma May Still Impact Medical Care Negatively
Study provides information on the link between stigma and treatment access and adherence
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Overweight Patients May Have Effect on Doctor's Attitude
Study finds that physicians may have lower respect for patients with higher body mass index
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Medical School Enrollment Continues to Expand
Number of residency slots also needs to increase to meet future demand for physicians
Monday, October 26, 2009

H1N1 Can Be Particular Threat to Transplant Recipients
Cardiothoracic surgeons need to be vigilant for signs of the virus in patients
Monday, October 26, 2009

Far Fewer H1N1 Vaccine Doses Than Expected Are Available
And FDA authorizes certain use of investigational antiviral peramivir intravenous
Monday, October 26, 2009

Some Hospital Staff Predicted to Be Infection Superspreaders
Hand washing compliance by staff in contact with all patients has biggest impact
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Most H1N1 Hospitalizations Are in Young Patients
According to CDC report, about a quarter of deaths are occurring in those younger than 25
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sources Find Different Numbers of Active Physicians
Study compares projections of future physician work force using U.S. Census, AMA Masterfile
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CDC Says New Child Deaths Raise H1N1 Beyond Epidemic
Manufacturing problems mean goal of 40 million vaccines by month's end will not be reached
Monday, October 19, 2009

FDA Approves Vaccines for HPV-Related Disease
Agency approves the use of Gardasil in males and new vaccine Cervarix for females
Monday, October 19, 2009

Paracetamol May Not Be Best for Infant Vaccinations
Study suggests routine use for fever reactions may cause antibody response to vaccinations
Friday, October 16, 2009

FDA Launches Drug Disposal Advice Web Page
Flushing recommended for some drugs with potentially deadly effects
Friday, October 16, 2009

Study Evaluates Hospital Quality and Mortality Rates
Findings suggest major quality differences between hospitals, but mortality rate improving
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Drugs for Malaria Prevention in Travelers Compared
Atovaquone-proguanil and doxycycline found to be better tolerated than other approaches
Monday, October 12, 2009

Exhalation From Ventilation Masks May Pose Infection Risk
Study recommends precautions for health care workers around pneumonia patients
Monday, October 12, 2009

Health Care Disparities Among States Found to Be Widening
Commonwealth Fund Commission state report card emphasizes need for health care reform
Friday, October 09, 2009

Oral Vaccine May Help Prevent Endemic Cholera
Findings show inexpensive and locally-produced vaccine to be safe and effective
Friday, October 09, 2009

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Protects Somewhat Against A/H1N1
However, Mexican study still recommends specific swine flu vaccination
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Roundtable Discussion Tackles Health Care Reform
Improvements in payment, more data to guide decisions could lead to wiser health spending
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Medical Students Want More Practice of Medicine Training
Report finds time devoted to medical economics does not adversely affect clinical training quality
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Effectiveness and Cost Help to Make Coverage Decisions
Study suggests countries that use these two criteria can also incorporate other factors
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New Guidelines Endorsed for Pediatric Hepatitis B
Recommendations aim to improve management and treatment of children with the infection
Monday, October 05, 2009

Surgical Masks Found to Be Non-Inferior to Respirators
Masks may be just as effective as respirators in preventing flu in health care workers
Thursday, October 01, 2009

CDC Says States Not Meeting Fruit and Veggie Objectives
State-by-state report finds states deficient in supporting healthy food in stores and schools
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bacterial Infections Are a Factor in Many H1N1 Deaths
Finding underscores importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at high risk for pneumonia
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meningococcal Disease Jabs Should Be Repeated for Some
Report suggests those at high risk for the disease should be periodically revaccinated
Monday, September 28, 2009

Test Distinguishes Active From Latent Tuberculosis
Study finds test effective in patients where bacteria are undetectable in sputum
Monday, September 28, 2009

H1N1 Virus's Genetic Makeup Appears to Be Staying Stable
CDC suggests forthcoming vaccine likely to be very effective in preventing the disease
Monday, September 28, 2009

Meta-Analysis Finds Flu Linked to Heart Attack and Death
Excess influenza deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease average 35 to 50 percent
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review Advises Hand Washing, Other Antiviral Measures
Masks, gloves, focusing on children's hygiene helpful in preventing respiratory virus spread
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spotlight on Social Networking Use Among Medical Students
Survey finds a minority of medical schools have policies governing online posting by students
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Report Finds Adolescent Vaccine Coverage on the Rise
Healthy People 2010 targets have been met for some vaccinations
Friday, September 18, 2009

HPV Vaccination Acceptance Low in U.K. Minorities
Cultural barriers especially prevalent in south Asia ethnic groups
Friday, September 18, 2009

Studies Assess Intermittent Preventive Malaria Treatment
Researchers see benefits of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, mefloquine in infants
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Taxes on Sugared Sodas Could Cut Consumption
Price increase would deter some from buying; money could be used for health programs
Thursday, September 17, 2009

FDA Approves Four Vaccines for H1N1 Influenza
Clinical studies have shown robust immune response in adults within 10 days
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drug Interaction E-Alerts Show Benefit to Patient Safety
Electronic alerts reduce adverse events including death and disability, as well as costs
Monday, September 14, 2009

Opt-Out HIV Screening Well-Accepted by Adolescents
Only 13 percent of teens opted out of screening provided in an urban emergency department
Monday, September 14, 2009

Mutated H1N1 Virus Resistant to Antiviral Drug Oseltamivir
Resistant H1N1 prompts new CDC advisory on prophylactic use of antviral drug
Friday, September 11, 2009

Poverty-Mortality Association Unchanged in England
Patterns from a century ago still have a significant relation with mortality today
Friday, September 11, 2009

One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine May Offer Substantial Protection
Preliminary studies suggest single-dose and adjuvant strategies can stretch vaccine supply
Friday, September 11, 2009

Mass Vaccination Could Mitigate Swine Flu Epidemic
Study recommends vaccinating 70 percent of the population, including high-risk groups
Friday, September 11, 2009

Kenyan Immunization May Reduce Sickle-Cell Death
Bacterial species in Kenyan children with sickle-cell anemia the same as in developed countries
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Most H1N1 Flu Patients Don't Need Antiviral Medication
But for high-risk patients, antiviral treatment for H1N1 infection should begin promptly
Wednesday, September 09, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines Appear Safe for Adults, Children
And case report details successful but unlicensed use of IV zanamivir for H1N1 pneumonitis
Monday, September 07, 2009

Race Not Shown to Affect Liver Transplant Outcome
Recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma is only predictor of survival after transplant
Thursday, September 03, 2009

House Screens Key in Preventing Malaria Transmission
Malaria-related anemia less common in children living in screened houses
Thursday, September 03, 2009

Neurologists Should Report Reactions to Flu Vaccine
Request due to association of Guillain-Barre syndrome with previous pandemic flu vaccine
Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Department Issues New HIPAA Notification Regulations
HHS regulations cover need to notify individuals after breaches of their health information
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Relentless Spread of HIV and TB Afflict South Africa
Government response so far based on denial, lack of political will, poor policy implementation
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Federal Guidelines Suggest Employers Plan for Swine Flu
CDC suggestions range from hand-washing to more major changes in business operations
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alarm Symptoms Often Do Not Result in Timely Diagnosis
Many evaluated for hematuria, hemoptysis, other conditions lack definite diagnoses after three years
Friday, August 14, 2009

FDA Aims to Ease Access to Investigational Drugs
New rules make the drugs more widely available to seriously ill patients outside clinical trials
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HHS Releases Reports on Health Insurance Reform
Health and Human Services says reform would decrease costs, increase number of options
Friday, August 07, 2009

Simple Steps Can Prevent Household Spread of Influenza
Prompt hand hygiene and use of face masks may reduce transmission risk
Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Drugs Compared in HIV Treatment
Novel compound achieves viral suppression goals as well as efavirenz with fewer adverse events
Monday, August 03, 2009

Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Vary Widely
Lack of unified systems will increase cost of data sharing, report predicts
Friday, July 31, 2009

U.S. Health Data Network a Powerful Tool for Quality
DARTNet, a prototype for data sharing, already gives clinicians access to data on 400,000 patients
Friday, July 31, 2009

Pregnant Women, Children Among H1N1 Vaccine Priorities
CDC panel also says health care workers should be among first-line recipients
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Malaria Presents Significant but Resolvable Challenges
NEJM series shows increased resistance in some regions, potential for whole-parasite vaccine
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

H1N1 Can Cause Neurologic Complications in Children
As with seasonal influenza, the novel virus can lead to seizures
Friday, July 24, 2009

Methods to Determine Health Care Priorities Questioned
Debate over whether to base resource allocation on measures of patient or public attitudes
Friday, July 24, 2009

Camera Phones Can Help Doctors Make Rare Diagnoses
Patient captured images of transient symptoms and gave them to her doctor
Friday, July 24, 2009

Blunt Needles May Cause Less Surgical Glove Perforations
Perforations rarer than with sharp needles following C-section, but physicians less satisfied
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FDA Approves 2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
Vaccine not effective against H1N1 flu, but high-risk populations should be vaccinated
Monday, July 20, 2009

Obesity Rates Highest Among African-American Population
Prevalence among African-Americans 51 percent higher than among Caucasians
Friday, July 17, 2009

Condoms Can Protect Against Herpes Simplex Virus 2
But magnitude of protection is not as great as it is for other infections
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Traits of Self-Discharged Cirrhotic Patients Identified
Younger age, male sex, non-private insurance among independent predictors of self-discharge
Monday, July 13, 2009

Obesity Rates for American Adults Still Going Up
CDC survey finds a quarter of the population in 32 states is now obese
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Health Woes of Indigenous People Spur Call to Action
Review articles show disproportionate burden of disease and death; offer possible solutions
Monday, July 06, 2009

Priorities Set for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Best ways to spend $400 million research budget identified
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Some Asian Nations Need to Do More to Combat Measles
Over 140,000 cases reported in 2008 in China and Japan
Monday, June 29, 2009

Americans Paying for More of Their Health Care Costs
Families with individual coverage may spend 22 to 50 percent of household income on health care
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dog, Cat Bites Can Expose Victim to Many Pathogens
Bite wounds from pets common; complications can include sepsis, MRSA infections
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

President Signs Tobacco Law, Acts on Medicare Coverage
New law regulates tobacco marketing; Medicare reform to cut costs for seniors in coverage gap
Monday, June 22, 2009

Reinforced Infection Control Needed to Combat H1N1
Health care personnel are picking up infections in medical and community settings
Monday, June 22, 2009

AMA: Policy Statement Supports Health Care Reform
Association also adopts strategies to reduce medical school debt, increase supply of physicians
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Glove Perforation Raises Odds of Surgical Site Infection
But surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis eliminates the risk, study finds
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Affordable and Fair
Perspective offers that compulsory minimum health insurance would benefit health care reform
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Air Travel Guidelines Needed to Prevent Flu's Spread
Separate policy recognizes health care facilities' role in sustainable, healthy food system
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches
American Medical Association also addresses male breast cancer, anti-aging hormone use
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweeping Medical Reforms Lack Medical Liability Element
Focus is on cost control, with other issues not yet addressed
Monday, June 15, 2009

Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco on Way to President
House of Representatives rapidly endorses Senate's version of bill passed late Thursday
Friday, June 12, 2009

Novartis Produces First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccine
Cell-based technology credited with fast-track production of the vaccine
Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Approves Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco
Measure requires companies to list ingredients and agency to approve new products
Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHO Declares H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
U.S. health officials caution that declaration simply means virus is more widespread
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Human-Rights Treaties Do Not Improve Health Outcomes
Wealthier states have better health status, but that is independent of U.N. treaty ratificaiton
Friday, June 05, 2009

Many U.K. Trained Doctors Stay in National Health Service
And men and women found to choose similar career paths
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Rotavirus Vaccine Studied in Nicaraguan Children
Vaccine not as effective as previous trials conducted in developed countries
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Decision Makers Can't Delay Until H1N1's Scale Is Clear
Swine flu choices need to be made early; geography plays role in spread of virus
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform
Physicians can take lead to get much-needed federal legislation passed
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Swine Flu Has Higher Fatality Rate Than Seasonal Flu
H1N1 also is largely affecting children and young adults, though most cases are mild
Monday, May 18, 2009

Number of Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Exceeds 2,500
United States has more cases than any other country, though only three patients here have died
Monday, May 11, 2009

Simple Plastic Glasses Can Protect Orthopedic Surgeons
No need for special equipment to protect against conjunctival contamination
Friday, May 08, 2009

Triple-Reassortant Swine Virus Seen Since 2005 in US
NEJM releases content addressing various issues related to outbreak
Thursday, May 07, 2009

Increased Vaccination Refusal Heightens Public Health Risks
Article urges pediatricians to become informed to be effective advocates for childhood vaccination
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Stay Home With H1N1, but Don't Race to Shut Schools
New CDC guidance says H1N1 virus no more dangerous to public health than typical seasonal flu
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Little Evidence to Support Some H1N1 Flu Measures
Physicians need more direct contact from health agencies on what to do
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

CDC Confirms Over 400 H1N1 Flu Cases
Public urged to continue to focus on hand hygiene, stay home if they have flu symptoms
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Minimum Interval Vaccination Schedule Effective in Arizona
Second study hails recall system for maintaining vaccination rates during shortage
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details
Many overstate importance and clinical relevance of studies but omit cautions and limitations
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Number of US Swine Flu Cases Climbs to 286 in 36 states
But health officials cautiously optimistic that the outbreak may be leveling off
Monday, May 04, 2009

H1N1 Flu Poses Major Surveillance Challenge
Fragile health systems will make it difficult to spot cases and contain outbreaks
Friday, May 01, 2009

CDC: More Than 100 H1N1 Flu Infections in US
Mexico shuts down all non-essential services for five days
Friday, May 01, 2009

New Web-based Information Source to Support UK Clinicians
NHS Evidence employs technology and rigorous criteria to assure relevance and quality
Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEJM Commends New Conflict of Interest Proposal
Editorialist says comprehensive recommendations could significantly impact practices, institutions
Thursday, April 30, 2009

WHO Rasies Influenza Epidemic Alert Level From 4 to 5
91 cases now confirmed in US; WHO says pandemic is imminent
Thursday, April 30, 2009

FDA Requires OTC Pain Relievers to Display Warnings
New rule requires warnings on stomach bleeding, liver damage on NSAIDs and acetaminophen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CDC Confirms 64 Swine Flu Cases in United States
Travel advisory to cancel non-essential trips to Mexico in place
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

H1N1 Swine Flu Susceptible to Oseltamivir and Zanamivir
But the virus is resistant to amantadine and rimantadine
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

FDA Issues Emergency OK for Broad Use of Antiviral Drugs
Action gives health authorities leeway to distribute Relenza and Tamiflu in response to threat
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pharmacist Involvement May Decrease Medication Errors
Two studies suggest benefits of an interdisciplinary medication reconciliation process
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steep Copayments Increase Risk of Non-Adherence
Higher out-of-pocket drug costs delay initiation of therapy for patients with chronic conditions
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Number of US Swine Flu Cases Rises, CDC Reports
Public health emergency is prompting travel restrictions, national distribution of antiviral drugs
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Declared Public Health Emergency in US
Number of U.S. cases rising; most cases have been mild
Monday, April 27, 2009

ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care
Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
Friday, April 24, 2009

Having Health Insurance May Not Improve Mortality Risk
Researchers say finding suggests universal coverage would not decrease US death rate
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stretches Without Health Insurance More Common
Change from early 1980s to early 2000s seen particularly in those with lowest education level
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuity of Care Declining for Medicare Beneficiaries
Less than a third of beneficiaries saw their PCP when they were hospitalized in 2006
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Drug-Resistant TB Remains a Worldwide Threat
WHO survey finds multidrug-resistant TB hot spots in China and former Soviet Union countries
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Financial Rewards for Healthy Behavior Can Be Effective
But the practice can be fraught with moral dilemmas
Friday, April 10, 2009

Moxifloxacin May Accelerate Tuberculosis Cure by Months
Brazilian study suggests enhanced treatment can shorten TB cure from six to two months
Friday, April 03, 2009

Early Antiretroviral Therapy Benefits HIV-Positive Patients
Significantly increased risk of death observed in patients who received deferred therapy
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Online-Learning Tools Launched
American Medical Association tools will help physicians evaluate ePrescribing systems
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changes Needed in New-Drug Evaluation Process
Patients get 'poor return on investment'; independent evaluation and transparency needed
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Health Program Leads to Questions in the UK
Program calls for each primary care trust to seek a general practitioner-led health center
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Safe Practice Scores Do Not Add Up to Fewer Patient Deaths
Safe Practices Survey data only shows how hospitals have implemented safety guidelines
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Little Clinical Evidence to Support Bed Bug Treatments
Researchers find doing nothing may be as effective as treating bed bug bites
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Circumcision Lowers Risk of Sexually Transmitted Disease
Researchers emphasize that safe sex practices are still critical to preventing STDs
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cost Barriers Slow Adoption of Electronic Health Records
But government intervention and funding could quickly spur improvement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Transdermal Patches Pose Burn Risk During Scans
Metal in patches can cause burns during MRI
Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Spend $630 Billion on Health Care Reform
President's plan calls for replacement of Medicare reimbursement system, increase in FDA budget
Thursday, March 05, 2009

Oseltamivir-Resistant Flu Viruses Increasing
Resistant viruses pose lethal threat to high-risk patients
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

US Motor Vehicle-Related Death Rates Vary Geographically
Mortality rate in the South double that of the Northeast
Monday, March 02, 2009

Guidelines for Prevention of Rheumatic Fever Updated
Prevention requires proper identification and treatment of the streptococcal infection
Friday, February 27, 2009

Drug-Resistant Meningitis Present in North America
Bacteria resistant to ciprofloxacin but remain susceptible to other antibiotics
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Insurance Essential for Good Health, Well-Being
Report calls on policymakers, public to address uninsurance problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Health Spending May Have Hit $2.4 Trillion in 2008
Private health spending growth due to hit 15-year low
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Proposed Changes to Health Care Would Reduce Costs
Investing in health care reform will improve outcomes, save money
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Transparency, Globalization Growing in Clinical Research
Enhanced data reporting, increased globalization among recent trends in clinical trial research
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Implementing a Quality Improvement Faculty Path
Criteria include broadening promotion factors, considering publication alternatives
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Incidence of ICU MRSA Infections Declining
Central line-associated bloodstream infections decreasing over recent years
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ads Featuring 'Drug Facts Box' Help Educate Consumers
Replacement of brief summary with 'facts box' may lead to better informed medication choices
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Agencies Must Do More to Prevent Foodborne Disease
Salmonella outbreak demonstrates need for change; irradiation should be considered
Thursday, February 12, 2009

Care Coordination Programs Don't Benefit Medicare Patients
Few such programs reduce hospitalizations, monthly expenditures or improve quality of care
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Corticosteroid Use Associated with Pneumonia in COPD
Using inhaled drugs for at least 24 weeks linked to higher pneumonia risk, but not risk of death
Monday, February 09, 2009

CDC Analyzes Salmonella Peanut Butter Outbreak
Report highlights complexities of 'ingredient-driven' outbreaks and importance of rapid investigation
Monday, February 09, 2009

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals
Automated records associated with lower mortality, fewer complications
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ethical HIV Testing in Poor Countries Needed
Testing without consent important for HIV surveillance
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Peanut Butter Crackers, Dog Snacks Among Recalled Items
CDC, FDA believe Georgia plant is source of Salmonella outbreak
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hundreds Acquired Hepatitis B, C in US Health Care Settings
Thirty-three outbreaks found in non-hospital health care settings over decade; more than 60,000 patients were at risk
Tuesday, January 06, 2009

AHA: Medical Usage High Among Heart Failure Patients
Each year, those with severe disease see up to 23 clinicians
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premiums Up, Coverage Down for Medicare Part D Plans
Nearly all stand-alone Medicare Part D plans will have a coverage gap in 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008

Acceleration of Pertussis Vaccination May Save Infants
Accelerated pertussis vaccination may reduce rate of pertussis infections, hospitalizations and deaths
Thursday, November 06, 2008

Access to Primary Care Key to US Health Care Reform
Careers in primary care should be supported and promoted
Tuesday, November 04, 2008

CDC: Over-the-Counter Cold Medicine Labels Changed
Manufacturers voluntarily agree to change pediatric over the counter medication labeling
Monday, November 03, 2008

Credit Crisis to Take Long-Term Toll on Health System
UK's National Health Service will have no real growth in funding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Placebo Treatments Commonly Utilized
Prescribing placebo treatments viewed as both common and ethical
Friday, October 24, 2008

Financial Bailout Puts US Health Care Reform in Jeopardy
Neither McCain's nor Obama's proposals would escape unscathed
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Biologicals Prone to Regulatory Actions
First to be approved in a subgroup at higher risk for regulatory action
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

UK Researchers Demand Regulatory Relief
Regulatory burden of clinical research threatens to inhibit delivery of potential life-saving benefits
Friday, October 17, 2008

Monovalent Poliovirus Vaccine Superior to Trivalent Vaccine
Given at birth, it more effectively induces humoral antibodies, overcomes maternally derived ones
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Statement on Preventive Counseling for STDs Released
Modest reductions in sexually transmitted infections noted following intensive interventions
Friday, October 10, 2008

Recommended Isolation Period for Mumps Patients Reduced
Five days after onset of parotitis is enough, CDC reports
Friday, October 10, 2008

FDA Supports Cough Remedy Voluntary Labeling Change
Move tightens earlier restriction on use of cough and cold remedies in children under 2 years
Friday, October 10, 2008

FDA: New Test Approved for Detecting Influenza Viruses
Test rapidly diagnoses seasonal influenza infections as well as possibly pandemic viruses
Wednesday, October 01, 2008

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research
Few newspapers have written policy on reporting funding and using generic names for drugs
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Reduced Dosing Schedule Acceptable for Anthrax Vaccine
Intramuscular anthrax injection has fewer side effects
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Flu Vaccination Rises in Adults But Still Low in Children
Low influenza vaccination rates pose a public health concern for children
Monday, September 29, 2008

No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium
First time since 2000 that premium has not been raised yearly
Monday, September 22, 2008

Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations Expanded
CDC says people born in Asia and Africa, at-risk populations should be tested
Friday, September 19, 2008

Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic
Major medical breakthroughs under threat from loss of antibiotic efficacy
Friday, September 19, 2008

Timing of C-Section Perioperative Antibiotics Compared
Preoperative antibiotics decrease maternal infectious complications of pregnancy
Thursday, September 18, 2008

Maternal Vaccine Reduces Influenza in Infants
Inactivated influenza vaccine also reduces rates of febrile respiratory illness in infants, mothers
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Chronic Disease Is Heavy Burden in Developing World
Integrated approach in primary care needed to tackle non-communicable and chronic illnesses
Friday, September 12, 2008

Primary Care Offers Lifeline to Global Health
Reducing maternal and child mortality is the key measure of success
Friday, September 12, 2008

SGM: Light-Activated Compounds Kill Bacteria
Activatable dyes, paints kill various types of bacteria
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lancet Supports WHO Report on Health Inequality
Journal applauds report's call to action, will participate in conference and publish theme issue
Friday, August 29, 2008

Outlook Mixed on US Presidential Candidates' Health Plans
Commentary examines potential benefits, flaws in McCain and Obama health care proposals
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seniors Likely to Find Medicare Health Web Site Unusable
Study of computer-savvy seniors shows the site is difficult to use and navigate
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Comorbidities Worsen Fatigue in HIV-Positive Patients
Fatigue severity and symptom scores worsen with increasing numbers of comorbidities among HIV patients
Friday, August 15, 2008

Over 1 Billion U.S. Doctor, Hospital Visits Logged in 2006
CDC attributes increase to aging of the U.S. population
Thursday, August 07, 2008

International Issue of Torture Complicity Analyzed
Medical community may condone torture or fail to intervene
Friday, August 01, 2008

Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Endocarditis Discouraged
Should not be given routinely for dental and other procedures
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shifts in Focus Could Reduce Tuberculosis
Authors recommend screening for latent cases among foreign-born in United States, altering HIV/TB approach globally
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Exception Reporting Improves Pay-for-Performance Benefits
Inappropriate exclusion is rare
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Health Cash Incentives for Poor People Debated
Affirmative side says they may reduce health inequality; negative side doubts significant benefit
Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Multiple Vaccines for Iraq-Bound U.K. Forces Not Harmful
Self-reported adverse events could be due to recall bias, research suggests
Tuesday, July 01, 2008

CDC: 2007-2008 Rotavirus Season Unusually Mild
New vaccine may be responsible for delayed disease activity, fewer severe cases
Monday, June 30, 2008


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