Healthcare News & Insights

CDC: Take steps now to prepare for MERS virus

Frontline healthcare providers and U.S. healthcare facilities need to be at-the-ready to evaluate and treat patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced recently. 

CDC progress report: Are we reducing healthcare-related infections?

There’s good news in the fight to reduce healthcare-associated infections — the number of reported cases has gone down. The bad news: There’s still a lot more to do.

CRE: CDC releases guidelines for leathal, drug-resistant bacteria

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling on all hospitals and long-term care facilities to take extra precautions when it comes to the lethal bacteria Carbapenem-resistant Enterobaceteriaceae (CRE). Reason: CRE is highly resistant to most antibiotics — even the big guns reserved as a last resort when all else fails. 

CDC warns flu outbreak’s picking up nationwide

Unless you never watch TV, listen to a radio or go on the Internet, you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is predicting that this flu season is going to be a bad one. Not only has it started early, but influenza activity is increasing at a rapid pace with much […] [MORE]

It’s back! Swine flu reappears as a new strain

The CDC has announced that a new swine flu virus has infected at least 12 people. Here are the details.

CDC: Only one-fourth of HIV patients get optimal treatment

According to a new CDC report, only about one-fourth of Americans infected with HIV are getting the recommended course of treatment to give them the best shot at maximizing their life expectancy.

More non-docs handling patient visits on their own

A new report from the CDC shows the number of outpatient visits handled by physician assistants (PAs) and advance practice nurses (APNs) is skyrocketing.

Binge drinking cost: $2 a pop

The cost to society of an individual tying an extra one on is about $2 per drink, according to a new study by the CDC.

2011 flu vaccine: What you need to know

Flu vaccination season is in full swing. Here’s the information practitioners and patients alike will be looking for.

Brain-eating amoebas claim fourth U.S. victim

A fourth person appears to have died from infection with the so-called “brain-eating amoeba” this summer.