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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.

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 21, 2015

The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.

Data Points for Feb. 16, 2015

Data Points for Feb. 16, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 14, 2015

Data Points for the week of Feb, 16, 2015, covered the following topics: Alzheimer's disease, Medicare, long-term care, geriatric care

Bipartisan support voiced for vaccinations, as one critic stays away

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 11, 2015

Lawmakers Tuesday offered bipartisan endorsement for vaccines as safe and effective protection against preventable infectious diseases in an effort to alleviate concerns raised in recent years by anti-vaccine parents, even as a major proponent of parent choice was not heard from.

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.

More transparency needed to combat public distrust on vaccines

More transparency needed to combat public distrust on vaccines

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 07, 2015

Comments by prominent Republicans questioning government-mandated measles vaccinations for children signal the public's declining trust in government, the healthcare system and the scientific establishment.

HIV death rate for blacks improves, but still lags other groups

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 06, 2015

The death rate among black people living with HIV fell by 28% over the past few years, but the annual number of deaths within this group remains much higher compared with other racial groups, according to a government report released this week.

17 states miss CDC target for measles vaccinations of preschoolers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 04, 2015

Seventeen states have a measles vaccination rate below 90% for preschool children, raising questions about policies that allow exemptions for nonmedical reasons in light of the measles outbreak spreading across the country.

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 31, 2015

Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.

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