CDC modeling projects growth of drug-resistant infections and C. difficile

Source: CDC Press Release 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 an area working together—could prevent up […]

CDC funding helps states address infectious disease threats

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 surveillance, foodborne-disease prevention and advanced molecular detection, among […]

New research reveals the trends and risk factors behind America’s growing heroin epidemic

Source: CDC Heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The greatest increases have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women and people with private insurance and higher incomes. In addition, nearly all people who use heroin also use […]

MRSA: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Healthcare Settings

Source: CDC MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, caused more than 94,000 life-threatening infections and nearly 19,000 deaths in the United States in 2005, most of them connected with healthcare settings. These numbers appear in the October 17, 2007, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1, as part of the most thorough study to date […]

CDC estimates 94,000 invasive drug-resistant staph infections occurred in the U.S. in 2005

Source: CDC CDC estimates 94,000 invasive drug-resistant staph infections occurred Methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) caused more than 94,000 life-threatening infections and nearly 19,000 deaths in the United States in 2005, most of them associated with health care settings, according to the most thorough study of life-threatening infections caused by these bacteria, experts with the Centers […]

Research Review: Child Passengers at Risk in America:

By Dawn Thoma, EMT-B Overview During February 1999, “Child Passengers at Risk in America: A National Study of Car Seat Misuse” was released by the National Safe Kids Campaign. Restraint use information gathered from over 17,500 children and their parents at the Safe Kids Buckle Up Program inspection clinics since July 1997 was compiled. It is apparent that […]