• Novavax Begins Human Clinical Testing of Novel Pandemic Flu Vaccine
    ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Novavax, Inc. announces that it has begun vaccinating healthy volunteers in the first human clinical trial of its virus-like particle (VLP) based pandemic influenza vaccine. The Phase I/IIa randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial will evaluate the ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • Discovery in Plant Virus May Help Prevent HIV and Similar Viruses
    By Susan A. Steeves In a study that could lead to new ways to prevent infection by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and similar organisms, Purdue University researchers have been able to genetically modify a plant to halt reproduction of a related virus. Cauliflower ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Research May Predict Who is at Risk to Develop Lupus
    Certain families produce higher levels of a specific molecule, called interferon-alpha, that primes the body’s immune system to turn on, and in some cases initiate an autoimmune attack on itself, according to new research from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • Use of Increasingly Popular Treatment for Wound Healing Questioned
    The effectiveness and value of an increasingly popular treatment used in the treatment of long-term wounds are questioned in this month’s Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) Topical negative pressure, or VAC therapy as it is sometimes known, involves first placing a foam ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • Hospitals’ Efforts to Reduce Skin Injury in Patients Must Improve
    CARY, Ill. -- In a recent opinion poll conducted by Sage Products Inc., 57 percent of the 200 wound ostomy continence nurses who responded said their hospital has a specific protocol in place for prevention of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD). Forty-three percent do ...More
    July 30, 2007 Posted in News
  • Addressing Concerns Over Extended Cycles
    A shout-out goes to Stephen Kovach, director of education at Healthmark Industries, who brought to my attention a statement from the Sterile Processing/Materials Management Specialty Assembly Coordinating Council of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) ...More
    July 30, 2007 Posted in Blog
  • Proactive Chlamydia Screening is Not Good Value for the Money
    Proactive chlamydia screening for young adults is an expensive intervention that probably does not represent good value for money, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. There are two types of screening – proactive and opportunistic. Proactive screening uses ...More
    July 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • Prescribing of Antibiotics to Children Still at a Level to Cause Drug Resistance, Experts Warn
    Regular prescribing of antibiotics to children in the community is sufficient to sustain a high level of antibiotic resistance in the population, warn experts in a study published on bmj.com today. UK general practitioners are strongly encouraged to reduce antibiotic ...More
    July 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Watch Antibiotics, Bacteria Meet at Atomic Level
    A new understanding of an enzyme important for the transfer of genetic information in bacteria may help scientists improve current antibiotics and also create antibiotics that are less vulnerable to resistance. Researchers used extremely powerful imaging techniques to see, ...More
    July 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • Steroids Don't Work in Childhood Respiratory Infections
    The use of steroid medication to treat bronchiolitis – a common viral lower respiratory infection in infants – does not prevent hospitalization or improve their respiratory symptoms, according to a study published in the July 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. ...More
    July 25, 2007 Posted in News