Mutated superbug raises fear of 'end of the road for antibiotics'

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 28, 2016

Researchers have identified the first U.S. case of a pathogen carrying a mutated gene resistant to an antibiotic used as a last line of defense against superbugs, raising fears that a post-antibiotic era will arrive sooner than expected.

New CDC guidelines unlikely to change opioid Rx practices

New CDC guidelines unlikely to change opioid Rx practices

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 19, 2016

In long-awaited final guidelines for prescribing opioid medications, federal health officials mostly kept recommendations widely criticized as restricting access to pain-relieving drugs.

CDC to finalize opioid prescription guidelines

By Shannon Muchmore  |  January 02, 2016

The clock is ticking on new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to regulate opioid pain-medication prescriptions. The CDC has been receiving some harsh feedback on its strategy as the country faces a growing number of overdose deaths.

White House aims for 25% reduction in multidrug-resistant TB by 2020

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 23, 2015

The Obama administration unveiled a plan Tuesday to address the spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the U.S. and abroad by improving surveillance and developing new medications that provide better treatment options.

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.

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