Improving antibiotic use can address one major cause of infections

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 25, 2015

The continued overuse of antibiotics is associated with a majority of the nearly half million cases of Clostridium difficile infection that occurred in 2011, which in turn were linked to an estimated 29,000 deaths, federal health officials said Wednesday.

New Ebola cases rise again after dropping for several weeks

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 09, 2015

For the first time this year new cases of Ebola increased last week in all three affected West African countries hit hard by the outbreak. The setback comes after weeks of signs suggesting the outbreak was beginning to wane.

Secondhand smoke endangers fewer Americans; big disparities continue

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 04, 2015

While fewer Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke than a decade ago, the high rates of exposure among children, blacks and low-income groups highlight continuing disparities among certain groups for certain health risk factors.

 Hospitals fall short on infection goals

Hospitals fall short on infection goals

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 14, 2015

U.S. hospitals made significant strides in the past several years in reducing the number of infections acquired within their facilities but fell short of the Obama administration's targets, according to a new federal report.

Slide Show: Healthcare losers in 2014

Slide Show: Healthcare losers in 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 31, 2014

Many of the biggest healthcare events of the year, such as Ebola's arrival in the U.S. and the VA's waitlist scandal, were not kind to the people and organizations swept up in them.

West Africa has long way to go to stop Ebola, Frieden says

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 22, 2014

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lauded progress made in recent months toward slowing the pace of the spread of Ebola among the West African countries hardest hit by the virus, but he warned more work would be needed before the outbreak comes to an end.

Coverage expansion, low cost growth, continued reform battles highlight 2014

By Harris Meyer  |  December 20, 2014

Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.

House panels hear experts' analysis of Ebola response

House panels hear experts' analysis of Ebola response

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 15, 2014

Two House subcommittees will host Ebola-related hearings this week. The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a session Nov. 18 examining the public health response to the Ebola outbreak.

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