• Gene With Probable Role in Human Susceptibility to Pulmonary Tuberculosis Identified
    A new gene that may confer susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis has been identified by Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) researchers and their collaborators in The Netherlands, Indonesia, United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation. In the current j PLoS Genetics, the ...More
    October 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Germ Warfare of a Different Kind
    I came across an interesting article, "Cult of Clean," on the Psychology Today Web site that addresses our society’s collective germ warfare. It’s a thought-provoking little peek inside our psyches relating to grime and the guilt it can wreak if we’re ...More
    October 8, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Tracking Down the Cause of Mad Cow Disease
    The cause of diseases such as BSE in cattle and Creutzfeld–Jakob disease in humans is a prion protein. This protein attaches to cell membranes by way of an anchor made of sugar and lipid components (a glycosylphosphatidylinositol, GPI) anchor. The anchoring of the ...More
    October 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scripps Research Team Solves Structure of “Beneficial” Virus
    Researchers seek to understand, and improve, a virus that can infect lung cancer cells. The 3-D structure of the virus, known as Seneca Valley Virus-001, reveals that it is unlike any other known member of the Picornaviridae viral family, and confirms its recent designation ...More
    October 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • CDC Awards $16.9 Million Contract to Improve Capabilities to Combat Pandemic, Seasonal Influenza
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a $16.9 million contract to American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) of Manassas, Va. to implement the CDC Influenza Reagent Resource (CDC-IRR), a secure, Web-based system that will improve access to influenza ...More
    October 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • “Celluloid Angels” Looks at Nurses’ Changing Role in Film
    There are enough medical shows on television to tell you that Hollywood isn’t always kind to the nursing profession. But how do nurses fare on the silver screen? A press release I received this morning states that, “Today's film nurses are more than angels and ...More
    October 8, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Science-Based Strategies Take Aim at HAIs
    For the first time, five healthcare leaders have collaborated to publish science-based strategies in a new compendium to help prevent the six most important healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The work is called the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent ...More
    October 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • "Deadly Dozen" of Diseases Worsened by Climate Change
    Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society today released a report that lists 12 pathogens that could spread into new regions as a result of climate change, with potential impacts to both human and wildlife health and global economies.Called “The Deadly ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Thoughts on Antibiotics and Community-Acquired C. diff
    Sheryl Ubelacker, a reporter for The Canadian Press, is reporting today on a study indicating that antibiotics may not be the villains they are made out to be related to community-acquired infection with Clostridium difficile. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE. To ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Leading Healthcare Groups to Present Strategies for HAI Prevention
    For the first time, five healthcare leaders have collaborated to publish science-based strategies to help prevent the six most important healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). A press conference will be held tomorrow at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in Blogs