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Antibiotic Resistance: How Industrial Agriculture Lies With Statistics

Robert Lawrence | Huffington Post | January 23, 2014

...The website of the Alliance, a coalition of corporations and trade associations that make up a who's who of industrial agriculture, says the organization wants "to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today's food is grown and raised." It appears, however, that the organization is more concerned with countering increasing awareness of the public health and environmental harms associated with industrialized agriculture...

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Antibiotic Use By Travelers May Add To Global Spread Of Superbugs

Staff Writer | Infection Control Today | January 22, 2015

Taking antibiotics for diarrhea may put travelers visiting developing parts of the world at higher risk for contracting superbugs and spreading these daunting drug-resistant bacteria to their home countries, according to a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and now available online...

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Antibiotic-free meat shows up on more hospital menus

Lola Butcher | Modern Healthcare | May 24, 2014

Overlake is one of more than 500 U.S. hospitals, mostly on the West Coast and in the Northeast, working with Healthy Food in Health Care, an initiative of the national not-for-profit Health Care Without Harm. Read More »

Antidepressant Use Linked To Superbug Infections

Robin Wulffson | Examiner.com | May 7, 2013

...All medicines have both benefits and risks and antidepressants are no exception. According to a new study, people who take certain antidepressants are at increased risk for superbug infections...

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Bacteria’s Ability To Resist Drugs An International Issue

Barbara Dickworth | The Western Producer | November 28, 2014

Global surveillance needed | Countries take action on antibiotic use...

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Big Data: Benefits, Drawbacks In Addressing Ebola

Norman Rozenberg | Tech Page One | August 20, 2014

An Ebola outbreak showed the importance of public health awareness and meaningful interventions, but big data’s role in this has yet to be seen...

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Bill Gates Won’t Save You From The Next Ebola Outbreak

Robert Fortner and Alex Park | HuffPost | May 1, 2017

In late August 2014, Tom Frieden, then director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traveled to West Africa to assess the raging Ebola crisis. In the five months before Frieden’s visit, Ebola had spread from a village in Guinea, across borders and into cities in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Médecins Sans Frontières, the first international responder on the scene, had run out of staff to treat the rising numbers of sick people and had deemed the outbreak “out of control” back in June...

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Calls for Action to Support SLTT Response to Biological Events

Press Release | Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense | October 11, 2018

America's hometown heroes are on the front line when responding to biological incidents. These include health care providers, public health professionals, EMTs, firefighters and police. But a new report from the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense says the thousands of first responders at state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments that form the backbone of our nation will have to fend for themselves for far too long until federal assets arrive to assist with response. Holding the Line on Biodefense: State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Reinforcements Needed recommends eight key steps that will increase the capability of the SLTT public and private sectors to share with the federal government the burden of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from large-scale biological events.

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Camels And Contagion: Inside Global Hunt For Source Of MERS

Cynthia Gorney | National Geographic | May 13, 2014

With another case of the virus confirmed in the U.S., virus detectives are tracing its spread.

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CDC Issues RFI for Real-world Testing of Health Information Technology

In October the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a Natural Test Collaborative (NTC). Through a series of questions, the RFI seeks opinions and information about "The development of a national testbed (notionally called the National Test Collaborative (NTC)) for real-world testing of health information technology (IT)" and "Approaches for creating a sustainable infrastructure" to achieve it. The scope of the questions is somewhat confusing and quite broad, starting with Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) but quickly expanding to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and interoperability (not precisely defined).

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CDC Official Protests Federal Medical Response Cuts

Diane Barnes | Nextgov.com | April 29, 2014

More than half a decade of reductions to spending on state and local public-health agencies has already been "extremely damaging" to capabilities across the country for responding to unconventional attacks and other disasters, Dr. Ali Khan, director of the Public Health Preparedness and Response Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Global Security Newswire in an interview. 

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CDC Tracks Cell Phone Location Data To Halt Ebola

Aliya Sternstein | Nextgov.com | October 9, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the approximate locations of cell phone users in West Africa who dial emergency call centers in an effort to predict the onset and spread of Ebola outbreaks...It’s one of the high-tech approaches the U.S. government is piloting to stop the spread of the disease...

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CDC: Foodborne Illness In The U.S. Not Getting Better

Maryn McKenna | Wired | April 17, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released their annual survey of foodborne illnesses in the United States, and the news is, well, not great. In the words of the press announcement they sent out to announce the data release: “limited progress.” Read More »

CDC: Some Hospitals Need Assistance Using Antibiotics Properly (And The New Federal Budget May Help)

Maryn McKenna | Wired | March 4, 2014

[...] In an analysis of several sets of hospital data, gathered by the agency and also purchased from independent databases, the CDC said it found that more than 37 percent of prescriptions written in hospitals involved some sort of error or poor practice, increasing the risk of serious infections or antibiotic resistance. Read More »

Chikungunya Has Sickened More Than 10,000 In Puerto Rico

Liz Szabo and Karen Weintraub | USA Today | December 4, 2014

It's an unfamiliar tropical virus with an exotic name that causes painful symptoms and has no known treatment or vaccine. It's spreading in the USA...

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