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  1. Obama administration seeks $1.2B to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    President Barack Obama's administration is seeking more funding to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to The Washington Post.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Canadian woman diagnosed with bird flu first in North America this year

    A woman in Canada has been diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu, making her the first human in North America infected with the disease, according to an NBC News report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Study finds treatment regimen may be key to curing blood cancer

    New research from the Cleveland Clinic has found blood-based cancers, like leukemia, may be more effectively treated using existing drugs and adjusting treatment regimens.  By Shannon Barnet -
  1. Are the measles here to stay?

    In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles as "eliminated" from the U.S, meaning there was an absence of continuous disease transmission for more than 12 months. But now, about 15 years later, the nation is facing a large outbreak of the disease tied to Disneyland in California. By Heather Punke -
  2. How 3-D printing can prevent medical errors

    3-D printing made ECRI Institute's "2015 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List," but physicians at some hospitals, including Boston Children's Hospital, are already using the technology to improve patient care, according to a New York Times report. By Heather Punke -
  3. FDA provides clearance for Roche MRSA/SA test

    The Food and Drug Administration has provided 510(k) clearance for a test that detects methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Study discovers breast cancer patients know surprisingly little about their disease

    Clinicians may need to do more to help breast cancer patients understand their disease and treatment regimens, according to a recent study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  By Shannon Barnet -
  1. Bill Clinton, Joe Biden weigh in on patient safety

    Reaching the goal of zero preventable deaths in healthcare settings is "within our grasp," Vice President Joe Biden said during the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in Irvine, Calif., over the weekend. By Heather Punke -
  2. Criticism over Ebola response leads WHO to create new measures

    Following criticism for its delayed response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization has created a contingency fund and emergency workforce to respond to crises more quickly, according to a Reuters report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Why do heart failure patients return to the ER?

    A survey of heart failure patients revealed several barriers they experience in self-care that lead to their trip to the ER. The survey was designed by researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. By Heather Punke -
  4. FDA approves meningococcal disease vaccine

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccine to prevent serogroup B meningococcal disease, the second vaccine approved by the FDA in the last three months to prevent the disease. By Heather Punke -
  1. Top 10 infection control stories, Jan. 19-23

    The flu, reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections and the measles outbreak captured the attention of clinical quality and infection control readers last week. By Heather Punke -
  2. 10 recommendations on how to increase transparency, improve patient safety

    The National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute has issued numerous recommendations to improve transparency after holding two roundtable discussions on the topic as it relates to patient safety.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Measles outbreak update: Reported cases top 70

    More than 70 cases of measles have been reported in connection with the Disneyland outbreak, dating back to mid-December, according to the Los Angeles Times.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. First batch of Ebola vaccine sent to Liberia

    Three hundred vials of GlaxoSmithKline's experimental Ebola vaccine have been sent to Liberia, one of three African countries hit hardest by the epidemic, according to a Reuters report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. Styling your PPE- Healthmark Industries launches new website

    Healthmark Industries has launched a new website of PPE items that are to help add a little fun to a serious dress code for SPD Professionals, according to a press release.  By Staff -
  6. Flu season rages on, 11 new deaths reported

    The U.S. continues to see elevated levels of the flu, and 11 new pediatric flu deaths were reported during the week ending Jan. 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By Heather Punke -
  7. Surgical checklists may not be effective at improving safety, study finds

    Checklists are often used in healthcare settings, like operating rooms, to try to prevent adverse patient events like surgical site infections or wrong-site surgery. But checklist-based quality improvement initiatives may not be effective at achieving that goal, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. By Heather Punke -
  8. Opioids are often prescribed to women of childbearing age

    More than a third of women on Medicaid of reproductive age, and more than a quarter of such women with private insurance, filled a prescription for an opioid pain medication each year from 2008 through 2012, which could put babies at risk for birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  By Heather Punke -
  9. WHO: Ebola on the decline in West Africa

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is at a "turning point," a World Health Organization director told BBC News, as the number of new cases reported in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone has been on the decline. By Heather Punke -


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