The CDC optimistically just said that better communication between hospitals, nursing homes, and health departments could markedly reduce antibiotic resistant “superbug” infections. While a laudable idea, I’m afraid the plan is the stuff of dreams…or, in this case, computer models. Given my view from the trenches—working part-time in several community hospitals—here are the problems I […]

Closer coordination between healthcare facilities and public health departments could save 37,000 U.S. lives over five years by preventing infections from antibiotic-resistant germs and from a nasty intestinal bug called C. difficile, according to a government report released on Tuesday. Germs that no longer respond to antibiotics cause more than 2 million illnesses and 23,000 […]

ATLANTA, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. The promising news is that CDC modeling projects that a coordinated approach—that is, health care facilities and health departments in […]

ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced awards of nearly $110 million to help states and communities strengthen their capacity to track and respond to infectious diseases. The awards represent an increase of about $13 million over fiscal year 2014 funding, with increases going to vaccine-preventable-disease […]

High doses of vitamin D may not help strengthen bones in postmenopausal women, a study suggests. Vitamin D helps the body use calcium, and calcium in turn helps support bone health. After a year on high-dose vitamin D supplements, women were absorbing slightly more calcium from their intestines into their blood compared to women who […]

A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday. This wave of Legionnaires’, which officials have called unusual, is now more than five times the number […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating the latest outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified of about 358 confirmed cases of the infection until Thursday, the FDA said in a statement on its website. (1.usa.gov/1SQUB6Z) The agency said it has […]

The percentage of U.S. teenagers vaccinated against the human papillomavirus increased slightly in 2014, but the rate lags behind other immunizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The HPV vaccine, sold as Gardasil by Merck & Co and Cervarix by GlaxoSmithKline, protects against the most common sexually transmitted infection. Each year, […]

The odds are against obese men and women trying to get to a healthy weight, particularly if they are severely obese, a U.K. study suggests. Researchers followed 76,704 obese men and 99,791 obese women for up to nine years. In any given year during the study, the probability that a patient might achieve a normal […]

ATLANTA, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs — reported by one […]