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CDC: Pertussis outbreak may be worst in 50 years
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VideoBriefReported cases of pertussis are at their highest level in 50 years, a top official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, adding that outbreaks in several states should encourage all children and adults to get vaccinated. Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said doctors across the nation have reported more than 18,000 cases of pertussis so far this year. More

'Choosing Wisely' program wants to encourage better utilization of clinical pathology laboratory tests
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A new lab test market could open up if research findings lead Consumer Reports and nine medical specialty associates to join forces to target the overuse of certain diagnostic procedures, including some medical laboratory tests. More

The AIDS epidemic: Beginning of the end?
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VideoBriefThirty-one years after doctors saw their first cases of AIDS, scientists say they now have the knowledge to begin to end the epidemic. The only questions, says AIDS researcher Diane Havlir, are "Do we have the will to do it?" and "Who is going to pay for it?" Doctors can now prescribe drug cocktails that reduce the amount of AIDS virus in a patients' body to undetectable levels. Landmark research funded by the National Institutes of Health show that these patients are not only healthier, but virtually non-contagious. More

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Report focuses on sustainability of infectious disease surveillance
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Just as the globalization of trade and travel is rapidly evolving, so is the globalization of infectious diseases and the need for cooperative approaches to detect, prevent and control them, according to Dr. David Dausey, chair of the Mercyhurst University Public Health Department. The outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and avian influenza H5N1 in recent years showed how infectious diseases can significantly impact national economies and exposed the need for cooperation in detecting and controlling disease to protect populations and economies. More

Inflammatory pathway spurs cancer stem cells to resist HER2-targeted breast cancer treatment
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Breast cancer treatments such as Herceptin that target a marker called HER2 have dramatically improved outcomes for women with this type of cancer. But nearly half of these cancers are resistant to Herceptin from the start and almost all of them will eventually become resistant. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered one reason why the cancer cells become resistant: They turn on a completely different pathway, one that is involved in inflammation, fueling the cancer independently of HER2. More

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Belgian scientists develop way to detect 'superparasites'
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Scientists at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, made a breakthrough in bridging high tech molecular biology research on microbial pathogens and the needs of the poorest of the poor. After sequencing the complete genome of Leishmania donovani, they identified a series of mutations specific of "superparasites" and developed a simple assay that should allow tracking them anywhere. More

Researchers discover switch that lets early lung cancer grow unchecked
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Cellular change thought to happen only in late-stage cancers to help tumors spread also occurs in early-stage lung cancer as a way to bypass growth controls, say researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. The finding, reported in Science Translational Medicine, represents a new understanding of the extent of transformation that lung cancer — and likely many other tumor types — undergo early in disease development, the scientists say. More

The new science behind America's deadliest diseases
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What do heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, stroke and cancer have in common? Scientists have linked each of these to a condition known as chronic inflammation, and they are studying how high-fat foods and excess body weight may increase the risk for fatal disorders. Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury and outside irritants. But when the irritants don't let up, because of a diet of high-fat foods, too much body fat and smoking, for example, the immune system can spiral out of control and increase the risk for disease. More

UPMC pathologists and researchers develop technology that predicts prostate cancer relapse
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Over the past decade, clinical laboratory tests that can predict the occurrence or recurrence of breast cancer have opened up a profitable market for the companies that developed these technologies. Now, new research may become the basis of a useful medical laboratory test that could be predictive of prostate cancer relapse. More

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Mouse with human-like immune system could advance AIDS research
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Scientists who created mice with elements of the human immune system believe the rodents will further efforts to develop a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. One of the challenges facing researchers striving to develop an HIV vaccine has been the lack of a laboratory animals that accurately reflect the human response to HIV and how the virus evolves to avoid that response. More

HPV improves survival for African-Americans with throat cancer
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Even though the human papillomavirus is a risk factor for certain head and neck cancers, its presence could make all the difference in terms of survival, especially for African-Americans with throat cancer, say Henry Ford Hospital researchers. According to their new study, HPV has a substantial impact on overall survival in African-Americans with oropharyngeal cancer, a cancer that affects part of the throat, the base of the tongue, the tonsils, the soft palate and the walls of the pharynx. More

In children with TB, negative skin test predictive of death
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A negative tuberculin skin testing result, as defined by a reaction of less than 5 mm of induration by Mantoux testing, is strongly predictive of active tuberculosis-related death in children. Treatment for TB should be administered if other signs of TB are present, irrespective of the TST result, according to the findings of a retrospective study. Peter C. Drobac, M.D., from Partners in Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues published their findings in an article published online and in the August issue of Pediatrics. More

Former lab tech charged in New Hampshire Hepatitis C outbreak
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A former lab technician faces charges in connection with a hepatitis C outbreak that reportedly infected dozens of patients at a New Hampshire hospital, authorities said. David Michael Kwiatkowski, 32, is charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product, U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas said. The outbreak at the Exeter Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Unit is believed to have infected some 30 people with the disease, considered the most serious of hepatitis strains, authorities said. More

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Researchers investigate improper high-level disinfection practices during endoscopy procedures
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In a retrospective cohort study conducted in four Veterans Affairs medical centers, Holodniy M, et al. (2012) sought to determine whether improper high-level disinfection practices during endoscopy procedures resulted in bloodborne viral infection transmission among veterans who underwent colonoscopy and laryngoscopy procedures from 2003 to 2009. Patients were identified through electronic health record searches and serotested for human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C virus, and hepatitis B virus. Newly discovered case patients were linked to a potential source with known identical infection, whose procedure occurred no more than one day prior to the case patient’s procedure. More

Oregon man to lose fingers from black plague, 'lucky' to be alive
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Doctors were to amputate an Oregon man's fingers and his toes, which were ravaged by the black plague, an infection prevalent in medieval times that is rarely seen in the U.S. today. Paul Gaylord, 59, is recovering at the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore., after he contracted the plague in early June, said his niece, Andrea Gibb. More

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