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CDC's influenza app should be more reliable

The flu season is upon us, and oh what a season it is turning out to be. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data that shows the U.S. is having an early flu season with most of the country experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness. One of the free resources available to clinicians and other health care professionals is the CDC influenza app for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, which provides vaccination recommendations endorsed by CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. According to a limited number of customer ratings for all versions, the app has earned a three-star rating out of five, overall. Not bad, but in my opinion, it needs to be better.

Do insurers overhype flu vaccine benefits?

It's flu season, the time when every doctor, pharmacy, hospital, urgent care clinic and insurance company bombards the public with fearful messages about the urgent need to be vaccinated against...

Improvements needed in ambulatory patient safety, infection control

Consistent with previous reports that physician offices can be just as dangerous to patients as hospitals, a new report from the American Medical Association contends that more research is needed to

Excess antibiotic scripts driven by time constraints, misconceptions

The number of prescriptions physicians write for antibiotics is down, but not down far enough, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is

CDC: Physician offices too lax about infection control

At a minimum, safe injection practices, good hand hygiene, and a trained infection prevention leader should be standard practice at every ambulatory care center, asserts a new set of guidelines from

Mobile apps on leading edge of 'potentially disruptive era'

Finally, a report on the mobile health industry that doesn't throw around pie-in-the-sky numbers and actually discusses healthcare and something close to the current reality. "We are currently in the

Epocrates, CDC develop injection safety mobile program

With more than a million healthcare professionals--including 40 percent of U.S. physicians--using Epocrates reference software, many of them on mobile devices, the San Mateo, Calif.-based company

Despite recommendations, doctors stand by annual cervical cancer testing

Despite recommendations that Pap smear testing for cervical cancer should be conducted only every three years, most physicians continue to do it more often, according to a study published in the June

CDC turns to social, mobile media for swine flu updates

The outbreak of swine flu, otherwise known as the H1N1 virus, has pushed government agencies, particularly the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to embrace all kinds of social media and