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  • Sneezing in Times of a Flu Pandemic
    The H1N1 influenza pandemic has received extensive media coverage this year. The World Health Organization, in addition to providing frequent updates about cases of infection and death tolls, recommends hyper vigilance in daily hygiene such as frequent handwashing or ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Bacteria Launch Shield to Resist Attack
    Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark along with other collaborators in Denmark and the U.S. found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa can 'switch on' production of molecules that kill white blood cells – ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Avoiding Panic in Pandemic Flu Vaccine Campaigns
    The effectiveness of pandemic flu vaccination campaigns – like that now underway for H1N1 – could be undermined by the public incorrectly associating coincidental and unrelated health events with the vaccines. This is the conclusion of a paper published online ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Settlement Sets National Model for H1N1 Hospital Safety Measures
    In a dramatic settlement seen as a novel pattern for the nation, the nation's largest nurses union and professional association, and one of the country's biggest hospital systems today announced a landmark agreement that sets a national standard on containing the spread of ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Progress Made on Group B Streptococcus Vaccine
    Scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have completed a Phase II clinical study that indicates a vaccine to prevent Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection is possible. GBS is the ...More
    October 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Do Women Need Such Big Flu Shots?
    By Sabra L. Klein The emergence of the H1N1 swine flu has added urgency to what has become an annual ritual for millions of Americans: getting a flu shot. The good news is that scientists have developed a vaccine against the H1N1 virus. But it is taking much longer than ...More
    October 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pregnant Women at Risk of Flu-Related Complications
    Pregnant women who catch the flu are at serious risk for flu-related complications, including death, and that risk far outweighs the risk of possible side effects from injectable vaccines containing killed virus, according to an extensive review of published research and ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Two-Pronged Protein Attack Could be Source of SARS Virulence
    Ever since the previously unknown SARS virus emerged from southern China in 2003, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston virologists have focused on finding the source of the pathogen's virulence — its ability to cause disease. In the 2003 epidemic, ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Scientists Propose New Explanation for Flu Virus Antigenic Drift
    Influenza viruses evade infection-fighting antibodies by constantly changing the shape of their major surface protein. This shape-shifting, called antigenic drift, is why influenza vaccines—which are designed to elicit antibodies matched to each year's circulating ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Whooping Cough Immunity is Long-Lasting
    Immunity to whooping cough lasts at least 30 years on average, much longer than previously thought, an analysis by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of New Mexico shows. The research, by U-M professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Pejman ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News