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HerpesCureHQ: Search For Most Effective Herpes Treatment
12/17/2014 10:36:57 AM
Herpes is a very common disease caused by herpes simplex virus-1 ( HSV-1 ) and herpes simplex virus-2 ( HSV-2 ). The symptoms of herpes simplex virus-1 are cold sores on the mouth, lips and face, and sores on the genitals are usually caused by herpes simplex virus-2 ;(but in some cases  HSV-1  can also cause sores on the genitals). It is important to know that even when …
Panalpina flies UNICEF Ebola relief to Sierra Leone
Panalpina flies UNICEF Ebola relief to Sierra Leone
12/16/2014 11:42:16 AM
Transporting life-saving humanitarian aid, and overcoming the challenges that come with the task, is something Panalpina is all too familiar with. During last year’s festive period, in partnership with UNICEF, Panalpina donated a charter flight to help deliver 100 tons of essential supplies to the Central African Republic. In the early hours this morning, a similar …
Unicel Architectural issues newsletter on Ebola and the need for safer, more hygienic patient isolation spaces
Unicel Architectural issues newsletter on Ebola and the need for safer, more hygienic patient isolation spaces
12/15/2014 10:22:28 AM
MONTREAL, Canada – December 15, 2014 – Unicel Architectural today announced the latest issue of its Reflections newsletter for architects and building professionals. The December 2014 Reflections edition addresses design considerations for airborne infection isolation rooms (AIIRs). More and more healthcare facilities are building AIIRs to better prepare for Ebola and other …
Angelina Jolie missing premiere to “Unbroken” due to chickenpox. What can she do to speed her recovery?
12/14/2014 8:08:58 PM
Actress Angelina Jolie in a YouTube video announced that she cannot go to the premiere of the second movie that she has directed in her career, Unbroken.  “Unbroken” features the World War II hero Louiz Zamperini and is expected for world wide release on Christmas Day, 2014. Chickenpox used to be mainly a disease of childhood but with current vaccination trends many are not …
Roche launches next-generation viral load testing assays for new molecular diagnostic platforms in markets accepting the CE mark
12/8/2014 11:53:25 AM
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today the commercial availability of the cobas® HIV-1 and cobas HCV assays for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems—expanding the menu on the newest molecular diagnostic platforms from Roche with next generation viral load monitoring assays. The new assays offer the high performance that clinicians depend on to manage the treatment …
Basilea announces launch of antibiotic Zevtera® (ceftobiprole medocaril) in Germany
12/5/2014 1:02:56 PM
Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (SIX: BSLN) announces today that its broad-spectrum antibiotic, Zevtera® (ceftobiprole medocaril)* has been launched in Germany. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimates that every year approximately 25,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant healthcare-associated infections in the European Union.1 The new …
Bank of America and (RED) Approach Midway Point of Two-year, $10 Million Partnership to Support the Global Fight Against AIDS
12/4/2014 11:21:22 AM
A flurry of World AIDS Day and #GivingTuesday activities mark the latest milestone in a two-year, $10 million partnership between Bank of America and (RED). The goal of the partnership, which was announced in January , is to help end mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieve an AIDS-free generation by supporting the critical work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, …
Efforts to improve patient safety result in 1.3 million fewer patient harms, 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in health spending avoided
12/2/2014 12:15:20 PM
A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services today shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013.  This progress toward a safer health care system occurred during a period of concerted attention by …
Mold Concerns Close Child Development Center at UC Riverside
Mold Concerns Close Child Development Center at UC Riverside
12/1/2014 9:30:57 AM
Last month, the University of California at Riverside’s Highlander published a report about the discovery of mold at the Child Development Center.  According to the article, mold was found by the baseboards of the facility.    Students who depend on the child care services are being forced to find other alternatives and over two dozen student assistants are now out of a …
Community Approach to Tackle Biggest Health Threat in Asia-Pacific
11/28/2014 4:07:19 PM
Community groups in the Asia-Pacific are taking the lead on prevention initiatives for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other non-communicable diseases which cause 36 million deaths globally. This APEC project helps counter the rise of these diseases by conducting outreach and education on the risk factors and preventive lifestyle changes at the local community level. …
NIAID/GSK experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe, prompts immune response
NIAID/GSK experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe, prompts immune response
11/28/2014 8:50:45 AM
An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease was well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it in a phase 1 clinical trial conducted by researchers from the National Institutes of Health. The candidate vaccine, which was co-developed by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and …
Lufthansa hands over “Robert Koch” evacuation aircraft
11/27/2014 12:31:25 PM
Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe accepted receipt of the world’s first evacuation aircraft for transporting and treating Ebola patients on behalf of the German government today. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr handed over an Airbus A340-300 for its new role in Berlin on Thursday (27 November). At the request of the …
Over a Quarter of California Hospitals with Worse-Than-Expected Infection Rates
Over a Quarter of California Hospitals with Worse-Than-Expected Infection Rates
11/26/2014 3:11:11 PM
Last month, Kaiser Health News published information about their analyses of states with a high percentage of worse-than-expected infection rates. The analysis looked at data from six different categories of infections published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from over 3,000 hospitals nationwide. According to the report, California was one of 13 …
New study reveals why some people may be immune to HIV-1
11/26/2014 12:45:38 PM
Doctors have long been mystified as to why HIV-1 rapidly sickens some individuals, while in others the virus has difficulties gaining a foothold. Now, a study of genetic variation in HIV-1 and in the cells it infects reported, by University of Minnesota researchers in this week’s issue of PLOS Genetics, has uncovered a chink in HIV-1’s armor that may, at least in part, …
Bacterial Infection Outbreak Reported at Two Texas High Schools
Bacterial Infection Outbreak Reported at Two Texas High Schools
11/25/2014 4:58:05 PM
Last month, KSAT published a story about 12 football players from two high schools in Texas that came down with a contagious skin infection. The culprit, impetigo, is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus , Streptococcus pyogenes or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). According to the article, the school district where the outbreak occurred had …
UCLA Football Player Overcomes Potentially Deadly Fungal Infection
UCLA Football Player Overcomes Potentially Deadly Fungal Infection
11/25/2014 4:16:14 PM
Last month, the Los Angeles Daily News published an article about a potentially deadly fungal infection that UCLA defensive back Marcus Rios has overcome.  According to the article, it all started several years ago with three sinus surgeries before doctors knew what the otherwise young and healthy football star was up against.   It turned out Mr. Rios had aspergillosis, a …
Most people who drink excessively are not alcohol dependent
Most people who drink excessively are not alcohol dependent
11/21/2014 11:11:47 AM
Nine in 10 adults who drink too much alcohol are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The study appears today in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease . Excessive drinking includes binge …
Nursing Home Infection Rates on the Rise According to New Study
Nursing Home Infection Rates on the Rise According to New Study
11/20/2014 5:56:47 PM
In October, the Columbia University School of Nursing published a news release about a study that found rising infection rates at nursing homes. The study found increasing rates of a variety of infections, including multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), after examining infections in nursing homes in the United States over a five-year period. “Infections are a leading …

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