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  • Nanosilver: New Name but Well-Known Effects
    Nanosilver is not a new discovery by nanotechnologists – it has been used in various products for more than hundred years, as is shown by a new Empa study. The antimicrobial effects of minute silver particles, which were then known as "colloidal silver," were known from the ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Morning-After Pill Linked to Increase in STDs
    Offering the morning after pill free over the counter has not reduced the number of teenage pregnancies and may be associated with a rise in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a report by experts at the University of Nottingham. Professors David Paton and ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • McLeod Health Goes Paperless, Effectively Monitors Data to Reduce Infections
    By eliminating piles of paper, McLeod Health is now able to more effectively monitor clinical data and reduce infections with the help of the Premier healthcare alliance's SafetyConnect™ program. In 2006, two infection preventionists (IPs) were responsible for McLeod’s ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Gene 'Relocation' is Key to Most Evolutionary Change in Bacteria
    In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria. The researchers new insights into the evolution of bacteria partly ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Detecting Diseases With Rust and Sand
    The next big thing in medical diagnostics could be minutes particles of rust, iron oxide, coated with the material from which sand is formed, silicon dioxide. These magnetic nanoparticles, a mere 29 to 230 nanometers across, can be used to trap antibodies to the virus that ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Little Decline in Hepatitis C Infections Among Injection Drug Users
    A recent 20-year study of injection drug users (IDUs) in Baltimore found a significant decline in new cases of HIV infection but only a slight decline in new cases of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The findings suggest that efforts to curb bloodborne transmission of ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • New Research Traces Evolutionary Path of Multidrug-Resistant Strep Bacteria
    Despite penicillin and the dozens of antibiotics that followed it, streptococcus bacteria have remained a major threat to health throughout the world. The reason: the superb evolutionary skills of this pathogen to rapidly alter its genetic makeup. In a landmark paper ...More
    January 28, 2011 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Offers Potential for Anti-Cancer Activity
    An antibiotic known for its immunosuppressive functions could also point the way to the development of new anti-cancer agents, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have reported. The study determined that the compound, tautomycetin, targets an enzyme ...More
    January 28, 2011 Posted in News
  • Exposure to Worm Infection in the Womb May Protect Against Eczema
    Exposure to worm infections in the womb may protect a newborn infant from developing eczema, a study funded by the Wellcome Trust suggests. A large trial in Uganda showed that treating a pregnant woman for worm infections increased her child's chances of developing the ...More
    January 28, 2011 Posted in News
  • Veterinary Researchers Study Neglected Tropical Diseases in Humans
    Richard Martin, DVM, PhD, a biomedical sciences professor at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has devoted his 35-year career to studying nematode parasites. These parasites infect approximately one-quarter of the world population, producing ...More
    January 28, 2011 Posted in News