Effectiveness of a Therapeutic Tai Ji Quan Intervention vs a Multimodal Exercise Intervention to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults at High Risk of Falling

By |2018-09-23T00:45:01+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

Key Points Question  Is a fall prevention–specific tai ji quan intervention clinically more effective in reducing falls among older adults at high risk of falling than a stretching intervention (control) or a standard multimodal exercise intervention? Findings  In a randomized clinical trial involving 670 adults 70 years or older with a history of falls or impaired mobility, the therapeutic tai [...]

FDA wants Rose Acre Farm Inc. to clean up its NC shell egg farm

By |2018-09-23T00:44:18+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

You would be correct if you assumed a lot of cleanup would be required after a 10-state outbreak of Salmonella braenderup that last spring required a North Carolina shell egg farm to recall more than 206 million eggs. It was the largest recall of shell eggs in the United States since 2010. The cleanup responsibility falls [...]

UK monkeypox case exposed health workers, officials say

By |2018-09-23T00:44:17+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Sep 21 with comments from lead author Aisling Vaughan, PhD, of Public Health England. Because monkeypox was not immediately suspected in the most recent UK monkeypox case, healthcare workers (HCWs) were not wearing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the disease and may have been exposed to the virus, [...]

CDC blames MDR Campylobacter outbreak on pet-store puppy exposure

By |2018-09-23T00:44:15+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released further details today on an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni linked to puppies bought from pet stores. The outbreak, which began in January 2016, affected a total of 118 people in 18 states through Feb 4, including 29 pet store employees, with 26 hospitalizations and no deaths [...]

Studies: Diarrheal disease rates vary across Africa, world

By |2018-09-23T00:44:13+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

Two new studies highlight the substantial burden of diarrheal diseases across Africa and the globe, with an especially profound impact on the very young and very old. The first study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, focuses exclusively on young children. By using maps that marked rates of diarrheal diseases in 5-kilometer by [...]

GAO says Defense Department lagging on lab biosecurity

By |2018-09-23T00:44:06+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

A report yesterday from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the Department of Defense (DoD) has fallen short of meeting goals meant to improve the department’s biosafety and biosecurity programs, leaving government labs still at risk. For 3 years, the DoD has been attempting to implement security reforms after reports revealed that an Army [...]

Carbapenem Non-susceptible Gram-negative Pathogens in ICU and Non-ICU Settings in US Hospitals in 2017: A Multicenter Study

By |2018-09-23T00:44:03+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Background Infections caused by Gram-negative pathogens resistant to carbapenems have limited treatment options and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the rates, infection sources, and pathogen types associated with carbapenem non-susceptible (Carb-NS) Gram-negative isolates in intensive care unit (ICU) and non-ICU settings in a large US hospital database. Methods We conducted [...]

Even the Best Healthcare Facilities Can Do More to Prevent Infections

By |2018-09-23T00:44:00+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

Healthcare-associated infections can be reduced by up to 55 percent by systematically implementing evidence-based infection prevention and control strategies, according to a review of 144 studies published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). The study suggests that there is considerable room for improvement [...]

Eosinophilic Asthma Treatment: Biologic Agents Compared

By |2018-09-23T00:43:58+00:00September 23rd, 2018|

Results of a recently published meta-analysis concluded that the majority of new biologics used in the treatment of eosinophilic asthma improve several clinical outcomes compared to placebo. PubMed was searched to obtain data on the relative efficacies of benralizumab, dupilumab, lebrikizumab, mepolizumab, reslizumab, and tralokinumab. Study endpoints included forced expiratory volume-in 1 s (FEV1) changes, asthma control questionnaire (ACQ), and asthma [...]