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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 …
Nearly Half of Liberia’s Workforce No Longer Working since Start of Ebola Crisis
11/19/2014 1:59:02 PM
Ebola has substantially impacted all sectors of employment in the Liberian economy, in both affected and non-affected counties, according to the most recent round of mobile phone surveys conducted by the World Bank Group in partnership with the Liberian Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services and the Gallup Organization. In all, nearly half of those working in …
Save the Children Opens First Ebola Community Care Center in Liberia
Save the Children Opens First Ebola Community Care Center in Liberia
11/18/2014 3:43:01 PM
Save the Children opens its first Community Care Center (CCC) in Liberia, to provide rapid assessments of suspected Ebola patients close to their community. The CCC is a community-based approach that aims to provide a rapid way of isolating and treating patients suspected of having Ebola, while offering families and communities the opportunity to remain close to them, and …
Nursing Homes in Puerto Rico Rely on Zimmetry to Identify Environmental Pathogens
Nursing Homes in Puerto Rico Rely on Zimmetry to Identify Environmental Pathogens
11/17/2014 10:27:14 AM
Last month, the Columbia University School of Nursing published a news release about a study that found rising infection rates at nursing homes across the country.  After examining infections in nursing homes in the United States over a 5 year period, the study concluded that rates of a variety of infections are increasing, including those caused by multiple drug-resistant …
Study predicts likely Ebola cases entering UK and US through airport screening
Study predicts likely Ebola cases entering UK and US through airport screening
11/14/2014 10:03:39 AM
Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health  have found that screening for Ebola at airports could be an effective method for preventing the spread of the disease into the UK and US, but due to the long incubation period of the virus, screening won’t detect all cases. Published in the Lancet medical journal, the study used a …
Roche Receives FDA Clearance for Strep A Test on cobas Liat System
11/13/2014 4:41:56 PM
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided 510(k) clearance for the cobas® Strep A test for the detection of group A streptococcus bacterial (Strep A) DNA in throat swab specimens. The cobas Strep A test runs on the cobas Liat System, a molecular point of care diagnostic system, which will be launched later …
Asbestos Removal Begins at Reputed Haunted House in Clovis
Asbestos Removal Begins at Reputed Haunted House in Clovis
11/13/2014 3:42:37 PM
Last month, The Fresno Bee published an article that asbestos removal had begun in a famous property in Clovis, California. The work began at Wolfe Manor, a former sanitarium that has been featured in a number of television shows and is reputed to be haunted. Several years ago, the city designated the house as unsafe to occupy before declaring it a nuisance and danger …
New Charity Campaign Inaugurated by Devery Prince Agency in Alaska Raises Funds to Help a Local Cancer Patient Pay For Medical Bills
New Charity Campaign Inaugurated by Devery Prince Agency in Alaska Raises Funds to Help a Local Cancer Patient Pay For Medical Bills
11/12/2014 11:00:18 AM
Wasilla, AK – With agencies in Wasilla and Anchorage, Alaska, Devery Prince Agency divulges a remarkable charity campaign as part of its ongoing Community Program. The agency looks to help raise funds for a local woman fighting a brain tumor.  The agency announces that those with a heart for supporting Wasilla’s community member Rena, the designer and founder of Mocha Moose, …
Rite Aid and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Survey Indicates Most U.S. Women Believe They Are Not Up To Date on Vaccinations
11/11/2014 4:41:50 PM
A national survey from Rite Aid(NYSE: RAD) and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) reveals that the majority of adult women living in the United States do not believe they are up to date on vaccinations to protect against many preventable diseases. According to a telephone survey of 1,000 randomly selected U.S. adult women age 26-74, 70%of survey participants …
Online Dating Meets Digital Health: Turning Awkward Conversations into Profit Centers at the 12th Annual iDate Super-Conference in Las Vegas on January 20-22, 2015
Online Dating Meets Digital Health: Turning Awkward Conversations into Profit Centers at the 12th Annual iDate Super-Conference in Las Vegas on January 20-22, 2015
11/11/2014 8:00:00 AM
  New York, NY--Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces that myLAB Box will speak at the 12th annual iDate Dating Super Conference ( http://idate2015.com ).  As the majority of the dating population is now dating online, they are also moving many other areas of their life online and into an electronic format, including their health.  Ursula Hessenflow, CEO of myLAB Box, …
CIHs Qualified to Assist with Ebola Outbreak
CIHs Qualified to Assist with Ebola Outbreak
11/10/2014 2:19:19 PM
This year, the largest Ebola epidemic in history occurred in multiple countries across West Africa.  In September, a person who traveled from Africa to the United States was diagnosed with the condition in Texas.  The virus then spread to several healthcare workers who provided the patient with medical care.  Others who offered medical care in West Africa have also become …
The Mayday Project Responds to Dr. Paul Auwaerter’s Defense of IDSA Guidelines for Lyme Disease
The Mayday Project Responds to Dr. Paul Auwaerter’s Defense of IDSA Guidelines for Lyme Disease
11/7/2014 1:16:48 PM
The Mayday Project welcomes the response by Dr. Paul Auwaerter to our concerns about the IDSA guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, which were discussed in a recent Medscape article about Mayday’s outreach to IDSA members at the IDWeek medical conference in October 2014. Dr. Auwaerter’s statement that there can be “productive collaboration among advocacy …
WHO welcomes approval of a second Ebola vaccine trial in Switzerland
11/7/2014 11:53:13 AM
WHO welcomes approval by Swissmedic, the Swiss regulatory authority for therapeutic products, of a second Swiss trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine. The trial will be led by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG). If judged safe, larger scale trials will be taken to African countries as early as January 2015. This trial approval means that the vaccine will be tested on …