Infectious Diseases

Category archives for Infectious Diseases

Our Washington Post local opinion piece addresses a problematic exemption in a DC law.

When it comes to good health, America is far from top dog. A new report finds that although the nation has experienced improvements in life expectancy and survival in the last century, we’re falling behind our counterparts in other high-income countries.

“Pneumocystis Pneumonia — Los Angeles,” in the June 5, 1981 edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, was an economical seven paragraph clinical report cataloging five observed cases, accompanied by an explanatory editorial note on the rarity of this fungal disease. It seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary from MMWR, but turned out to be medical literature’s first report of the disease we now know as AIDS.

Delays continue in Obama Administration on new worker safety protections

With five days left in calendar year 2012, the Obama Administration released its current regulatory plan and agenda, including new rules addressing health and safety hazards in workplaces. Neither OSHA nor MSHA have a good track record predicting when such rules will actually be completed.

Over the course of 48 hours, gunmen shot and killed eight vaccination workers in and around Karachi and Peshawar.

December 1 was World AIDS Day, and this year’s theme is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

Worker safety wishlist for Obama’s second term

Now that the Presidential election is over, it’s time for the Labor Department to kick into high gear expand workers’ rights and ensuring workers’ lives and health are protected. Here’s my wish list of tasks for the Labor Department to accomplish in the next 6 months:

Is USDA serious? Inspecting a chicken in 1/3 of a second?

An animation created by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards shows us the speed at which the USDA is proposing for its inspectors to find fecal contamination on poultry carcasses.

The fact that an International AIDS Conference is happening in the US is a big deal — and the Washington, DC location is meaningful not only because this is the nation’s capital, but because the District has a high rate of HIV infections.

Stacey Singer of The Palm Beach Post used Florida’s sunshine law to request info on the state’s extensive tuberculosis outbreak, which hadn’t been explained to the public.