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Experts call for more active surveillance of neglected diseases
Date: 2009-04-15 00:00:00

Tropical disease experts called for policy makers to focus resources on often-ignored, easily-cured and preventable diseases in the U.S.... Full Story

In shadow of World Malaria Day, an ongoing struggle with a killer
Date: 2009-04-30 00:00:00

At the second World Malaria Day this April 25, the U.S. boldly took the lead in the worldwide fight against the disease, promising total victory.... Full Story

Canadian government using vitamin D testing to determine susceptibility to
Date: 2009-07-28 00:00:00

A lack of vitamin D has been linked to a diminished immune system response in a number of scientific studies. With the threat of H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, considered to be on the rise again as the fall flu season approaches, the Canadian government is taking a unique approach to determine the best public health response by performing vitamin D testing on those who get the disease.... Full Story

Because of subtle symptoms, malaria test still important
Date: 2009-08-21 00:00:00

Earlier this month, scientists reportedly made an important discovery into malaria and have been able to pinpoint exactly where the disease originated from.... Full Story

Chinese plant may weed out swine flu
Date: 2009-09-11 00:00:00

A plant most commonly distinguished by its dreadful stench may soon be known as an ally to humans against the swine flu virus, researchers report.... Full Story

CDC: H1N1 vaccine forthcoming
Date: 2009-09-22 00:00:00

Amidst steady concern over the spread of the H1N1 virus, U.S. health officials expect a vaccine to become available in the first week of October.... Full Story

Health officials: Some areas unprepared for swine flu outbreak
Date: 2009-09-23 00:00:00

While the number of reported case of the H1N1 flu virus escalates, U.S. health officials and laymen alike have begun to form opinions regarding the country's preparedness.... Full Story

Doctors advise against 'Swine-flu parties'
Date: 2009-10-12 00:00:00

Health officials have candidly counseled against the idea held by some that early contact with H1N1 influenza will provide protection in the long-term.... Full Story

FDA warns against fraudulent H1N1 products
Date: 2009-10-20 00:00:00

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a warning letter to a website that was advertising fraudulent supplements that administrators claimed help prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.... Full Story

Insight in H1N1 flu testing may help high-risk patients
Date: 2009-10-23 00:00:00

Computed tomography (CT) scans may be more effective than standard X-rays at determining the severity of an H1N1 patient's condition, new research suggests.... Full Story

Lack of H1N1 vaccine may bring about more lab tests
Date: 2009-10-26 00:00:00

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Infectious disease research fund may promote lab testing
Date: 2009-11-05 00:00:00

In the hopes of improving knowledge, testing and prevention, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a sector of the National Institutes of Health, has announced the awarding of about $208 million to two programs which support research in the field of human immunology and infectious diseases.... Full Story

Study: Better flu testing needed for patients with dementia
Date: 2009-11-12 00:00:00

After contracting the flu or pneumonia, seniors with dementia face a 50 percent higher mortality rate than those without the cognitive disorder, according to a recent study.... Full Story

Some Americans shun H1N1 vaccine, despite successful testing
Date: 2009-11-19 00:00:00

According to a new national poll, more than half of American adults say they don't want to be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu strain.... Full Story

Health officials caution about reports of drop in H1N1 activity
Date: 2009-11-23 00:00:00

Last Friday, U.S. health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a decrease in H1N1 flu activity across the country.... Full Story

New drug may give hope to those at risk for hepatitis C
Date: 2009-12-04 00:00:00

A new drug, which has been shown to prevent hepatitis C virus from replicating in a recent study of primates, may be of use to patients who have tested positive for the virus.... Full Story

CDC: Swine flu infection rates drop
Date: 2009-12-14 00:00:00

While the H1N1 flu strain has accounted for nearly every case of influenza identified this season, U.S. health officials said on Friday that national infection rates are continuing to drop.... Full Story

CDC 'very confident' in H1N1 vaccine, despite recall
Date: 2009-12-16 00:00:00

Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the H1N1 vaccine distributed in the U.S., announced a recall of about 800,000 doses of their product, after testing of retained batch samples revealed that their potency did not meet standard levels.... Full Story

Report: Lab test indicates second H1N1 vaccine shot unnecessary for childre
Date: 2009-12-23 00:00:00

As scientists continue to refine the H1N1 flu vaccine and examine its appropriate applications, a team of Australian researchers have suggested that a single dose of the shot may be enough to protect infants and children from potential infection, according to clinical tests.... Full Story

Study: H1N1 transmission rates continue decline
Date: 2009-12-31 00:00:00

Recent clinical tests have revealed that people over the age of 19 may express more immunity to the H1N1 flu strain than scientists initially thought.... Full Story

Disinfectants may increase resistance of bacterial bugs
Date: 2009-12-31 00:00:00

While scientists have previously determined that the overuse of antibiotics could result in highly-resistant forms of bacteria, new research by the National University of Ireland suggests that misusing common disinfectants could have the same effect.... Full Story

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