Volume 11 Issue 333
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Dec-2009 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Researchers discover new ways to treat chronic infections

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have identified three key regulators required for the formation and development of biofilms. The discovery could lead to new ways of treating chronic infections. more  

As CDC issues new autism prevalence report, autism speaks asks, "what will it take?" For government to meet the challenge of this national health crisis

In the wake of today's new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stating that autism now affects 1 in every 110 American children, Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, called on the federal government to immediately step up its efforts – and dramatically increase funding – to address the growing national autism public health crisis. more

Disparity in use of implantable devices to prevent sudden death in heart failure patients

A study of heart failure patients who meet national guidelines for devices that stabilize and strengthen the heart's electrical system found that only half of eligible patients received the devices. The study, which is the first to examine the management of heart failure patients in outpatient cardiology practices throughout the United States, also found wide, unexplained variations in the use of the devices, known as implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). The study is published in the December 2009 issue of the journal HeartRhythm. more  

New Commonwealth Fund survey of young adults finds wide majority support health reform

An overwhelming majority—88 percent—of young adults across the political spectrum think it is important for Congress and the President to pass health reform legislation that would assure affordable health insurance for all and improve health care, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey released today. more

Transplant guide highlights daily infection risks from factors like pets and food  

Keeping pets healthy can reduce infection risks for people who have received solid organ transplants and veterinarians should be seen as an integral part of the healthcare team. That's just one of the key pieces of advice from a safe living article published in an infectious diseases supplement in the American Journal of Transplantation. more

Rate of autism disorders climbs to 1 percent among 8-year-olds, say UAB, CDC researchers: A 57 percent increase in spectrum-disorder cases is dramatic  

Autism and related development disorders are becoming more common, with a prevalence rate approaching 1 percent among American 8-year-olds, according to new data from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). more

Postural sway among abstinent alcoholics can be improved up to a point

Excessive sway during quiet standing is a common and significant consequence of chronic alcoholism, even after prolonged sobriety, and can lead to fall-related injury and even death. A new study of residual postural instability in alcohol-abstinent men and women shows that alcoholics improve with prolonged sobriety, but the improvement may not fully erase the problem of instability. more

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Autism now affects 1 in every 110 American children