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N.Y. Judge Bans 50 Unvaccinated Kids From School

By |2019-03-18T11:32:36+00:00March 18th, 2019|

  March 14, 2019 -- Fifty unvaccinated students cannot attend the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Rockland County, N.Y., for at least three weeks, a federal judge in the county has ruled. The decision was handed down as a measles outbreak in the county reached 146 cases on Tuesday. The outbreak is centered in an Orthodox Jewish [...]

Q&A: Twitter as a tool for infectious disease clinicians

By |2019-03-18T11:25:22+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Twitter has become a “go-to” social media platform to disseminate information and create conversation. Four years ago, researchers reviewed the usefulness of Twitter for infectious disease clinicians and found it to be a useful tool. Since then, Twitter use has increased, Debra A. Goff, PharmD, FCCP, an ID specialist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical [...]

Salmonella Poona multi-country outbreak linked to infant formula

By |2019-03-18T11:10:45+00:00March 18th, 2019|

The multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Poona that has affected young children in France, Belgium and Luxembourg has a common food source – an assessment suggests. Health officials in France, Belgium and Luxembourg reported Salmonella Poona cases in young children, all genetically linked to the same outbreak. Overall, 32 confirmed cases were reported in the EU: 30 in France, 1 [...]

A soaring maternal mortality rate: What does it mean for you?

By |2019-03-18T10:54:52+00:00March 18th, 2019|

Update: A new guideline from the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to help reduce steadily rising rates of caesarean sections around the globe. While crucial at times for medical reasons, caesarean births are associated with short-term and long-risks health risks for women and babies that may extend for years. In June 2018, Serena Williams told Vanity Fair about her journey to [...]

Chronic Short Sleep Associated With Adolescent Obesity

By |2019-03-17T20:50:14+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Latest findings in the ongoing debate about catch-up sleep show it could be protective against obesity for older children and teens. Older children and teenagers may have a higher risk of obesity if they consistently don’t get enough sleep, according to recent Michigan Medicine research. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, found the highest [...]

A comparative analysis of prophylactic antimicrobial use in long-term care facilities in Ireland, 2013 and 2016

By |2019-03-17T20:35:57+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Introduction Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global concern. The overuse and misuse of antimicrobials in both humans and animals are the leading drivers of AMR [1]. To date, there have been three surveys on Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities (HALT) in the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) (2010, 2013 and 2016/17), coordinated [...]

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety

By |2019-03-17T20:26:28+00:00March 17th, 2019|

As FDA finalizes previously proposed extensions to compliance dates for agricultural water requirements, the agency is providing an update on how it is using the additional time to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent romaine lettuce outbreaks A critical component to growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and [...]

DRC Ebola total rises by 4 as survey shows high vaccine acceptance

By |2019-03-17T19:55:44+00:00March 17th, 2019|

Lab tests have confirmed Ebola infections in four more people from four different locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the country's health ministry said today. In other developments, a new survey conducted among residents of the DRC's Ebola-hit region found that the vaccine was well tolerated and had high acceptability . Four [...]