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CDC funds cancer screenings, prevention of health care-associated infections

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 21, 2009

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Sept. 8 that it has awarded $22 million to 26 states and Native American tribal organizations to provide colorectal cancer screenings for low-income people who lack insurance to cover the procedures. The screenings are expected to begin within six months and will include sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and stool testing.

The CDC announced on Sept. 1 that it is distributing $40 million in Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to aid state health department efforts in preventing health care-associated infections. The efforts will focus on bloodstream, surgical-site and catheter-associated urinary tract infections and pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/09/21/prbf0921.htm.

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