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CDC Report: C. diff Infections Associated with 29,000 Deaths per Year in US; Vaccines Could Provide Solution

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Last month, the CDC released a new study on the impact of microbial super bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) with some very disturbing findings. The study found that 29,000 deaths in the U.S. were associated with the bug in 2011, and nearly half a million Americans suffered infections. About half of those deaths, or 15,000, were estimated to be directly attributable to the infection. Elderly patients are most vulnerable to C. diff infections, with over Read More >

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Getting Ahead of Ebola and Other Infectious Threats—Overturning Assumptions

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Ebola was one of the biggest stories of 2014 (with Ebola fighters named the TIME Person of the Year), and the epidemic has led to renewed interest from governments and philanthropies to tackle the problem of emerging infectious diseases. To discuss the lessons learned and new approaches being taken in light of the Ebola crisis, BIO hosted a panel today at the 17th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference here in New York, moderated by Read More >

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In the United States, more than one million people are infected with HIV, with an estimated 50,000 newly diagnosed each year. While African Americans make up only 12-14 percent of the U.S. population they account for nearly half (44 percent) of all the new HIV infections in the U.S. (CDC). Today, as the United States observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we’d like to take a look at some of the scientific advancements made in Read More >

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Measles Outbreak Shows Dangers of Vaccine Misinformation

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On Sunday, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Friedan said that the U.S. could be faced with a “large outbreak” of measles, according to the Washington Post. The agency reported that 102 cases of measles were confirmed in 14 states in January. Hundreds of others are being monitored for possible exposure. The majority of the confirmed cases are among patients who have not been vaccinated, illustrating the danger posed to both individual and public Read More >

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PBS Newshour: What you need to know about this year’s elevated flu threat

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PBS Newshour last week had a segment about this year’s flu season, which doctors are warning could be more severe than normal. One reason for that is that one of the flu virus strains that is most prevalent is not responding as well as usual to the vaccine. LJ Tan explains: …with this upcoming season, we are getting a predominance of H3N2. That means we might have a more severe season. But not only that Read More >

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