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Professors receive $31M grant to establish Center for Research in Diagnostics and Discovery

Professors receive $31M grant to establish Center for Research in Diagnostics and Discovery

W. Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity and John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, has received an award of up to $31 million over a five-year period by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Center for Research in Diagnostics and Discovery (CRDD) under the auspices of a new National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) program entitled Centers of Excellence for Translational Research. [More]
Eye health experts across Commonwealth join forces to combat avoidable blindness

Eye health experts across Commonwealth join forces to combat avoidable blindness

A new -7.1 million grant will enable experts from a range of institutions to come together for the first time as the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, coordinated by the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. [More]

Study shows SuperMum campaign improves handwashing behaviour

An analysis of a unique “SuperMum” handwashing campaign shows for the first time that using emotional motivators, such as feelings of disgust and nurture, rather than health messages, can result in significant, long-lasting improvements in people’s handwashing behaviour, and could in turn help to reduce the risk of infectious diseases. [More]

Pre-moistened wipes linked to dramatic rise in allergic reactions, says dermatologist

More and more people are developing an itchy, painful rash in an effort to stay clean. A dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says a preservative in many types of pre-moistened wipes is linked to a dramatic rise in allergic reactions. [More]
Study examines effects of pay-for-performance-reimbursing health care in China's Ningxia Province

Study examines effects of pay-for-performance-reimbursing health care in China's Ningxia Province

Pay-for-performance-reimbursing health care providers based on the results they achieved with their patients as a way to improve quality and efficiency-has become a major component of health reforms in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other affluent countries. Although the approach has also become popular in the developing world, there has been little evaluation of its impact. [More]
DebMed wins GSA contract that includes hand hygiene products, electronic compliance monitoring system

DebMed wins GSA contract that includes hand hygiene products, electronic compliance monitoring system

DebMed®, creator of the award-winning world's first electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, announced today it has been awarded a three-year contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). [More]
Deficient hygiene routines make it difficult to eradicate multi-resistant bacterium

Deficient hygiene routines make it difficult to eradicate multi-resistant bacterium

A previously unknown multi-resistant bacterium has been sticking around at a Swedish University Hospital for ten years. [More]

Health exchanges create cybersecurity challenges, hacker opportunities

The Associated Press reports that a number of state health exchanges that were supposed to link to the federal computer system were initially rated as "high risk." [More]
First Edition: February 26, 2014

First Edition: February 26, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that, according to the Obama administration, insurance sign-ups under the health law have hit 4 million. [More]
S. pneumoniae highly prevalent in urban Indonesians, especially children

S. pneumoniae highly prevalent in urban Indonesians, especially children

Streptococcus pneumoniae is present in the nasopharyngeal mucosa in nearly half of children under the age of 5 years and one in 10 adults living in Java Island, Indonesia, a survey has found. [More]
Researchers discover 'microbial Pompeii' preserved on teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old

Researchers discover 'microbial Pompeii' preserved on teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old

An international team of researchers have discovered a 'microbial Pompeii' preserved on the teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old. The key to the discovery is the dental calculus (plaque) which preserves bacteria and microscopic particles of food on the surfaces of teeth, effectively creating a mineral tomb for microbiomes. [More]

Researchers develop early warning systems for preventing epidemics

The environment has an impact on our health. Preventing epidemics relies on activating the right counter-measures, and scientists are now trying to find out how better use of forecasting can help. [More]

Study: Tooth decay may have detrimental effect on child's quality of life and success in life

Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. [More]

Wellcome Trust to launch new digital publication dedicated to science of life

Mosaic, a new digital publication dedicated to exploring the science of life, is set to launch on 4 March 2014. Mosaic will carry long-form features, articles and films that tell the stories behind biomedical research and its impact on society. [More]

Ark. House vote falls short for 'private option' Medicaid expansion

Also in the news, other states -- including Missouri, Wyoming and Utah -- continue to contemplate their own efforts to expand the program or health insurance coverage for low-income people. [More]
State highlights: Kan. eyes health law opt-out; Calif. voters could set malpractice cap

State highlights: Kan. eyes health law opt-out; Calif. voters could set malpractice cap

A selection of health policy stories from Kansas, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Florida, Maryland and Georgia. [More]

First Edition: February 19, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the doubts that now surround Arkansas' Medicaid expansion plan -- a compromise plan that has gained national attention. [More]
Frost & Sullivan: Healthcare acquired infections drive hand hygiene market in Western Europe

Frost & Sullivan: Healthcare acquired infections drive hand hygiene market in Western Europe

The need to prevent and control healthcare acquired infections (HCAI) across Europe, which results in 4.5 to 5 million cases annually, is driving the hand hygiene market in Western Europe. Outbreaks of norovirus and bird flu over the past five years have also served to highlight the importance of hand hygiene in containing infectious diseases. Hand hygiene product manufacturers should take advantage of these trends by offering a one-stop solution for all disinfection requirements. [More]
Addressing antibiotic resistance: an interview with Professor Otto Cars, Uppsala University, Sweden

Addressing antibiotic resistance: an interview with Professor Otto Cars, Uppsala University, Sweden

Antibiotic resistance is a consequence of antibiotic use. Bacteria adapt to the threat of antibiotics using mechanisms to overcome the drug. These bacteria, which we call resistant bacteria, then survive. [More]
Key role for Fusobacterium adhesin in non-orthodontic periodontal inflammation

Key role for Fusobacterium adhesin in non-orthodontic periodontal inflammation

Researchers from China have found that patients with gingivitis and periodontitis are more likely to have Fusobacterium nucleatum carrying the novel Fusobacterium adhesin A than periodontally healthy people. [More]