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CDC lab shutdown could disrupt Texas biohazard lab
By Associated Press | July 20, 2014
The shutdown of two federal biohazard laboratories because of an anthrax scare and other safety problems could disrupt operations at a biohazard lab in Galveston.
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CDC faces torrent of criticism over anthrax, other mishaps
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday called incidents involving the mishandling of dangerous biological materials at federal research laboratories a “pattern of safety issues” that was missed and vowed to correct the...
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More anthrax safety problems uncovered in second probe of CDC labs
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A second investigation identified more problems with safety procedures at federal bioresearch laboratories involving the handling of dangerous pathogens such as anthrax. The new findings come ahead of a Wednesday congressional hearing on the failures.
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CDC gets cooking with healthy recipes
By Modern Healthcare | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new prescription for you. But you'll have to cook it yourself.
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Forgotten vials of smallpox found near D.C.
By USA Today | July 09, 2014
Scientists last week discovered several vials of smallpox — one of the deadliest diseases known to man — in an unused storage room at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Doubts raised about U.S. autism estimates
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 08, 2014
Researchers are questioning the federal government's estimates regarding the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in U.S. children, contending that the method used to assess the condition may have led to a significant number of false positives or cases where a diagnosis was missed.
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Vital Signs
CDC effort to target antibiotic resistant outbreaks
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 07, 2014
A new government initiative beginning this month looks to create the first nationwide prescribing index to allow healthcare providers to monitor the use of antibiotics among various facilities and identify areas where a potential outbreak of antimicrobial resistant bacteria is likely to...
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Magazine
Data Points for July 7, 2014: International travel
By Modern Healthcare | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of July 7, 2014, covered the following topics: Healthcare issues of international travel
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Prescribing rates for opioid painkillers vary by state: CDC report
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare providers wrote Americans 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 with rates varying greatly among states, according to a government report.
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Vital Signs
Make HIV testing routine, health officials urge
By Steven Ross Johnson | June 26, 2014
Health providers should increase the frequency in which they screen for HIV among young people and adults to identify and treat more individuals living with the disease, government health officials say.
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