Senators ask for $1 billion to make better flu vaccine

February 15, 2018
Four U.S. senators called for $1 billion in federal funding to develop a better influenza vaccine that would provide longer lasting and wider…

Early estimates show low flu vaccine effectiveness in US

February 15, 2018
Early estimates published by the CDC today show that the influenza vaccine has been only 36% effective overall in the United States this season, and…

In the JournalsPerspective

New C. difficile guidelines include testing, therapy changes

February 15, 2018
Newly released practice guidelines for Clostridium difficile infection, or CDI, in both adults and children include changes in diagnostics and…


Findings support using smaller doses of yellow fever vaccine in outbreaks

February 14, 2018
Study findings published today in The New England Journal of Medicine support the idea of using smaller doses of yellow fever vaccine to control…

In the Journals

Valley fever outbreaks more widespread than previously thought

February 14, 2018
Outbreaks of coccidioidomycosis, known as valley fever, have reached beyond areas in which it was previously considered endemic, and most stem from…

Measles cases in Europe more than tripled in 2017

February 13, 2018
The number of measles cases skyrocketed in Europe last year to more than triple the number reported in 2016, health officials said. The increase was…

In the Journals

Blue dye blocks malaria transmission

February 12, 2018
Adding methylene blue to artemisinin-based combination therapy was safe in patients with malaria and resulted in faster parasite clearance than…

In the JournalsPerspective

Genetic signature of congenital Zika syndrome found in discordant twins

February 12, 2018
Researchers found genetic differences in twins discordant for congenital Zika syndrome that they said may increase susceptibility to complications of…

Mistaken rabies diagnosis could result from immune globulin effect

February 10, 2018
The presence of rabies antibodies in a patient should not necessarily result in a diagnosis of the disease if the patient has received immune…

Five things you should know about norovirus

February 9, 2018
Dozens of people at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have been affected by a norovirus outbreak that began Sunday, according to the…

Flu season on track to break recent records as illnesses reach 2009 level

February 9, 2018
Influenza and pneumonia killed around 10% of the people who died in the United States during the most recent week with available data — one of…

Guest Commentary

Commentary: Ending the HIV epidemic in black communities

February 7, 2018
Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. To mark the occasion, Melanie A. Thompson, MD, chair of the HIV Medicine Association, discusses the

USPSTF releases draft recommendation on syphilis screening in pregnant women

February 6, 2018
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation affirming its 2009 decision that all women who are pregnant should be…

Antimicrobial activity higher in hand sanitizers with chlorhexidine gluconate

February 5, 2018
An alcohol-based hand hygiene product containing chlorhexidine gluconate was more effective than another product containing ethanol alone, according…

In the Journals

Flu exposure may reduce vaccine effectiveness for some

February 3, 2018
An age cohort’s first influenza A(H1N1) exposure may have greatly dulled the effectiveness of a recent vaccine, according to researchers. …

CDC: More signs of a severe flu season in US

February 2, 2018
There are more signs this week that the United States is experiencing a particularly severe influenza season. In the week ending Jan. 27, CDC…

In the Journals

Pediatric hospitalizations for seizures fall after introduction of rotavirus vaccines

February 1, 2018
Pediatric hospitalizations for seizures have fallen since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, according to findings published in The Journal

New WHO data show high levels of antibiotic resistance worldwide

January 29, 2018
WHO released its first report from the agency’s new Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System, which revealed high levels of…

FDA News

FDA gives fast-track designation to Takeda’s Zika vaccine candidate

January 29, 2018
The FDA has granted fast-track status to Takeda’s Zika virus vaccine candidate, the company announced today in a news release. The designation…

‘Pavlov’s mosquitoes’: Swatting has similar effect as insect repellent

January 27, 2018
When it comes to keeping mosquitoes away, swatting may have the same effect as the best insect repellents. One swat may be enough, researchers said…