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Scientists develop a more effective malaria test
Date: 2010-08-10 21:23:29
One of the main reasons for the continued spread of malaria is the time it takes traditional screening measures to determine if someone has the disease or not. However, researchers from Case Western Reserve University may have developed methods that could result in a quicker malaria test. ... Full Story

Study: New strain should be added to flu vaccine
Date: 2010-04-12 19:39:02
Results from a recent St. Louis University study suggest that flu vaccines would be much more effective if they contained both strains of the influenza B virus rather than just one. Currently, vaccines incorporate two types of influenza A, but only one of influenza B, according to St. Louis Public Radio. ... Full Story

CDC: H1N1 cases on the rise in the southeast
Date: 2010-03-30 19:00:09
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that a recent flurry of confirmed H1N1 cases have been reported in several southeastern U.S. states, and that low vaccination rates may be the cause. ... Full Story

Non-contact fever screening test found to be safe and effective for suspected H1N1 cases
Date: 2010-03-25 23:13:58
Although reports of positive H1N1 tests have remained relatively low over the past few months, health officials recently warned that the U.S. could experience another wave of swine flu activity in the coming weeks. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the majority of flu cases for the week of March 7-13 were caused by the 2009 H1N1 virus. In an effort to continue to control the pandemic, researchers have been working to develop safe and effective testing options to help diagnose the virus at its earliest stage. ... Full Story

Chest X-rays may help diagnose H1N1 patients who are at the greatest risk
Date: 2010-03-24 00:10:21
Results of a recent study suggest that chest X-rays may help doctors predict which patients infected with the H1N1 virus are at the greatest risk of becoming seriously ill. ... Full Story

Pregnant women more likely to be hospitalized due to H1N1
Date: 2010-03-22 17:56:14
Expectant women who test positive for swine flu are much more likely to be hospitalized and are at a significantly increased risk of death compared to non-pregnant women of child-bearing age who are infected with H1N1, new research has found. ... Full Story

Newly developed gene test may help identify early-stage Candidemia
Date: 2010-03-05 19:12:06
Researchers at Duke University's Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy have reportedly developed a new gene-expression test capable of identifying early signs of the life-threatening infection known as Candidemia.... Full Story

CDC: All Americans should receive a flu shot, not just those at high risk
Date: 2010-02-25 19:28:56
Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's immunization panel voted to recommend that all Americans six months of age or older should get a flu shot each year. ... Full Story

Diagnostic flu test more accurate when used on children
Date: 2010-02-15 18:21:44
A recent study has found that a rapid influenza test is more effective at diagnosing the virus in children rather than adults. The findings are applicable for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus that has been rampant over the last two years. ... Full Story

Seasonal flu vaccine is safe for young infants
Date: 2010-02-11 14:05:28
A study in the February issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal suggests that seasonal flu vaccines are safe and can produce an effective immune response in infants as young as six weeks old. Currently, no flu vaccine is approved for use in infants younger than six months old.... Full Story

Fish oil may help accelerate sepsis recovery
Date: 2010-01-19 19:00:42
According to recent laboratory testing, intensive care patients suffering from sepsis may benefit from adding fish oil to intravenous solutions meant to cure the disease. ... Full Story

Arthritis drug can hinder flu shot effectiveness, recent study finds
Date: 2010-01-11 23:37:00
According to recent laboratory tests, arthritis patients who are being treated with the drug rituximab may face an additional risk of contracting the flu. ... Full Story

H1N1 flu is still a significant concern, health officials report
Date: 2010-01-08 19:09:42
Even though reports of positive H1N1 tests have subsided across the country, U.S. health officials warn that another outbreak is possible and urge people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.... Full Story

Study: H1N1 can spread rapidly during transcontinental air travel
Date: 2010-01-07 18:47:07
According to a new study, the transmission of H1N1 flu infections can occur quite rapidly and with significant frequency during transcontinental flights. ... Full Story

New medical test approved to help fight hospital-related infection
Date: 2010-01-07 18:40:52
The diagnostics company Cepheid announced on Wednesday that they have received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market a test that detects a gene associated with resistance to a powerful and often-used antibiotic. ... Full Story

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