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Using fecal transplants to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (CDI)

Author – Clifford McDonald MD Prevention and Response Branch Chief CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Transplanting feces from one human to another may sound repulsive, but for patients suffering from recurrent, debilitating diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, a fecal transplant offers a ray of hope.  It increasingly appears that fecal transplants are effective in Read More >

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‘Tis the season for norovirus sharing

Authors Tara MacCannell, PhD [1], Ben Lopman, PhD [2] [1] Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [2] Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Winter is prime time for norovirus outbreaks. Norovirus strikes swiftly, causing acute gastroenteritis and usually involves rapid-onset diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Sometimes it Read More >

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Risky pen pals

Author – Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices There’s an alarming and widespread misunderstanding about insulin pens by some healthcare workers who work in hospitals: that sterility can be maintained between patients simply by affixing a fresh needle on a previously used pen. Despite numerous warnings from the Read More >

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Parents Everywhere – Keep Medicines Up and Away

Author – Emily Skor Vice President, Communications and Alliance Development, Consumer Healthcare Products Association Nothing is more important for a parent than their children’s safety and well-being. As a mother of two young children, I know that we parents appreciate every reminder we can get as we juggle busy lives and balance many responsibilities. One Read More >

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Keeping Children Safe when Visitors Arrive – A message from family doctors

Author – Glen R. Stream, M.D., MBI, FAAFP President, American Academy of Family Physicians With the holidays — and related family gatherings — quickly approaching, now is a perfect time to talk about keeping medications Up and Away and Out of Sight of children. The CDC, with support from the American Academy of Family Physicians Read More >

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