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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.

CDC director has had to borrow to fund Zika battle

CDC director has had to borrow to fund Zika battle

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 26, 2016

Director Tom Frieden said Congress needs to approve enough funding to fight the disease that could infect as many as 2 million pregnant women in the U.S this year. The CDC has had to borrow $50 million from other parts of the agency to begin fighting Zika. Some of that came from funds for Ebola.

Number of U.S. pregnant women with Zika triples on new counting method

By Associated Press  |  May 20, 2016

Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant women had both Zika symptoms and positive blood tests. In a change announced Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will count all women who tested positive—regardless of symptoms.

CDC offers states $85 million to fight Zika

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 16, 2016

More than $85 milion in federal funding will be made available to help states combat the spread of the Zika virus. As of May 11, more than 500 Zika cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 1,200 cases throughout the U.S. and its territories since January 2015, according to the CDC.

Data Points for May 16, 2016

Data Points for May 16, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 14, 2016

Data Points for the week of May 16, 2016, covered the following topics: Medical errors, hospital-acquired infections, preventable injuries from medication, adverse events.

Breast cancer screening guidelines spark a racial divide

Breast cancer screening guidelines spark a racial divide

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 07, 2016

Some health and civil-rights advocates say guidelines that recommend women postpone breast cancer screenings until they are age 50 should not apply to black women, who are more likely to die if they contract the disease.

Getting into a lather over handwashing

Getting into a lather over handwashing

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 07, 2016

Think washing your hands is as easy as 1-2-3? Think again! Getting them properly cleaned is an 12-step, 60-second, finger-interlacing and rotational rubbing extravaganza, according to the World Health Organization.

Racial health gap narrows but disparities remain significant

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 27, 2016

The latest annual report card on the nation's health shows there's been progress in narrowing the gap in health disparities between blacks and whites, while Hispanics continued to have better outcomes than both.

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