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  • Viruses Manipulate Host Cells by Means of Molecular Mimics
    Viruses have evolved a broad range of strategies that enable them to evade the immune systems of their hosts. A team of researchers at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute at LMU Munich led by virologist Jürgen Haas has been studying a novel, recently discovered mechanism ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vancouver Patients Warned About Potential Infectious Exposure from Endoscopy Procedure
    The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has notified approximately 500 patients who underwent ERCP endoscopy procedures at Victoria General Hospital between June 2008 and January 2010 that they may have been exposed to viruses during their tests.While the risk is ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Deadly New Airborne Fungus Spreading in Oregon
    A newly discovered strain of an airborne fungus has caused several deaths in Oregon and seems poised to move into California and other adjacent areas, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.“This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Strep Steps Up in Urinary Tract Infections
    Research suggests pathogenic strains of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) are an under-recognized cause of urinary tract infections. The bacteria are better known as a cause of infection in pregnant women with subsequent risks of preterm delivery and transmission to newborn ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Links 1976 Swine Flu Shot to Stronger Immune Response to 21st Century Pandemic Flu
    New evidence shows immunization against "swine flu" in 1976 might provide individuals with some protection against the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, according to new research from St. Jude investigators.Researchers found that individuals who reported receiving the ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Earth Day 2010
    Today we celebrate the 40th Earth Day! I want to take this opportunity to recognize the millions of microbes that inhabit the soil and promote decay and enrichment of the soil. In healthcare settings, it is easy to forget the positive contribution that microbes make to ...More
    April 22, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Review Panel Upholds Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines
    A special review panel has unanimously agreed that no changes need be made to the 2006 Lyme disease treatment guidelines developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).The guidelines, voluntarily used by physicians to help them decide what treatments are ...More
    April 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Medline Introduces First Biodegradable Surgical Drape
    In response to a growing trend in the healthcare industry to reduce waste and establish environmentally responsible healthcare, Medline Industries, Inc. today introduced the industry's first biodegradable surgical drape made almost entirely from renewable sources. Following ...More
    April 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis Case Goes to Trial
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that one of the first cases stemming from an outbreak of hepatitis C linked to a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic has gone to trial.  Las Vegas resident Henry Chanin says he became infected with the infectious disease after a nurse ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Cal/OSHA Issues Citations in Meningitis Exposure Case
    The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has issued $101,485 in citations to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. for 10 violations of the state safety and health standards in connection to a ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News