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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

4/1/14 Health News: LISTERIA STAYED FOR YEARS AT SEAFOOD-PROCESSING FACILITY ♦ Room-Temperature Vaccine for Developing Countries ♦ Antibiotic Errors Common

A federal judge shut down a Listeria-plagued fish-processing facility in Brooklyn, NY, on Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf was not persuaded by the changing company names, players, or even their last-minute appeals to introduce new evidence. She signed a permanent injunction, closing the troubled Chester Street seafood-processing facility. It was a big... Continue Reading
Room-Temperature Vaccine Could Be Boon to Developing Countries

Scientists have developed a revolutionary vaccine that does not require refrigeration or booster shots, making the so-called nanovaccine a potential “game-changer” in curbing disease in the developing world. Experts believe the drug, which is delivered in a nose spray, could extend immunization to millions of people who are not now vaccinated against dangerous, infectious diseases. Scientists say the vaccine is the first to use nanoparticles, a relatively new technology in medicine that embeds proteins from disease-causing organisms into tiny, polymer spheres five hundred times smaller than the width of a human hair.Continue Reading
Antibiotic Errors Common in Community Hospitals

More than one patient in three treated for a bloodstream infection in community hospitals got inappropriate antibiotic therapy, researchers reported. In a multicenter retrospective cohort study, 38% of patients in a network of community hospitals were treated incorrectly. The proportion varied across institutions, ranging from 22% to 71% with a median of 33%.. Most healthcare in the U.S. is delivered in community hospitals, Continue Reading

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