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April 2015

C. difficile burden in U.S. documented
The estimated 453,000 infections and 29,300 deaths caused by Clostridium difficile in the United States in 2011 underline the importance of appropriate use of antibiotics and rigorous infection control measures in health care settings, Dr. Michael Bell, an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a CDC telebriefing.

FDA guidance: Infections from reusable devices
Recommendations to manufacturers about improving the safety of reusable medical devices and an upcoming advisory committee meeting on duodenoscope-associated infections are two efforts recently announced by the Food and Drug Administration that address the risks associated with reusable devices.

Only 13% of clinical trials report results
Only 13% of the clinical trials legally required since 2007 to report their findings to ClinicalTrials.gov actually do so, according to a report published online March 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Case studies highlight HCV health care transmission risk
Hospitals should carefully monitor equipment for hepatitis C virus contamination and the possibility of health care transmission, according to a Feb. 27 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smoking linked to many ‘new’ causes of death
Smoking causes death from many diseases that until now have not been linked officially to tobacco use, including digestive disorders, liver cirrhosis, infections, renal failure, and breast and prostate cancers, according to a report published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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