October 2010

27 Oct 2010
Some of the biggest players in HAI prevention issued a joint white paper in November’s Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  The paper doesn’t put forth a groundbreaking new argument but is a renewed commitment to combating HAIs—to save lives and preserve health resources.
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Posted by Andrea Titus
21 Oct 2010
The global health community may be severely underestimating the number of deaths due to malaria in India, according to a study in today’s Lancet. "Adult and child malaria mortality in India: a nationally representative mortality survey" places malaria deaths somewhere in the range of 205,000 per year in India—a far cry from the World Health Organization's estimate of 15,000.
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Posted by Andrea Titus
20 Oct 2010
Last week, Extending the Cure partnered with the National Conference of State Legislatures to deliver a webinar on state reporting programs for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  The archived version is now available for download from NCSL. Download Ramanan Laxminarayan's power point presentation.
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Posted by Andrea Titus
15 Oct 2010
Check out The Health Care Blog for a new post by CDDEP researchers Hellen Gelband (the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership, Extending the Cure) and Ramanan Laxminarayan (Extending the Cure) on the resistance-producing gene, NDM-1. NDM-1: Why Should the U.S. Care?
14 Oct 2010
A recent study (PLoS Medicine) returned some encouraging results regarding Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and management of pneumonia and malaria in children in Zambia.  We here at CDDEP have written about RDTs in the past, both on their potential to promote better treatment outcomes and make better use of limited treatment resources, and on