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  • New Studies Examine Elimination of Hepatitis B and C
    Two new studies in the April issue of Hepatology explore the ways that hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be cleared from patients’ bodies. Both HBV and HCV are global health problems. They can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer and they cause ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Test Oral Bacteria and Heart Attack Link
    Several studies have suggested there is a connection between organisms that cause gum disease, known scientifically as periodontal disease, and the development of heart disease, but few studies have tested this theory.A study conducted at the University at Buffalo, where ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Ecologists Question Effects of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases
    Recent research has predicted that climate change may expand the scope of human infectious diseases. A new review, however, argues that climate change may have a negligible effect on pathogens or even reduce their ranges. The paper has sparked debate in the ecological ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Rotavirus Vaccines Have Potential to Save 2.5 Million Lives by 2025
    Rotavirus vaccines have the potential to save more than 2.5 million lives by 2025, according to a briefing paper released today by PATH, an international nonprofit organization. The vaccines are already in use in North America, Latin America, and Europe, and are urgently ...More
    March 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Team Identifies Molecular Switch Linking Infectious Disease and Depression
    Animal sciences professors Robert Dantzer, Jason O'Connor and Keith Kelley (left to right) found that IDO is essential to the process by which chronic inflammation induces depression. Researchers at the University of Illinois report that IDO, an enzyme found throughout ...More
    March 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study of Childhood Malnutrition and Intestinal Infections Announced
    The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), together with the Fogarty International Center (FIC), announce the launch of a five-year study to investigate the linkages between malnutrition and intestinal infections and their effects on children in the ...More
    March 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Control, Treatment of Bed Bugs Challenging
    A review of previously published articles indicates there is little evidence supporting an effective treatment of bites from bed bugs, that these insects do not appear to transmit disease, and control and eradication of bed bugs is challenging, according to an article in ...More
    March 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • What's in Your Water? Disinfectants Create Toxic Byproducts
    Although perhaps the greatest public health achievement of the 20th century was the disinfection of water, a recent study now shows that the chemicals used to purify the water we drink and use in swimming pools react with organic material in the water yielding toxic ...More
    March 31, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • WNV Studies Show How Star-Shaped Brain Cells Cope With Infection
    A new study published in the April 2009 issue of the FASEB Journal, a publication of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology, promises to give physicians new ways to reduce deadly responses to viral infections of the brain and spinal cord. In the ...More
    March 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Surgical Patients With Heel Ulcers May Cost Hospitals Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Annually
    Without proper perioperative care, surgical patients are at higher risk for developing heel pressure ulcers (hPUs), and resulting infections are having substantial economic impact on the cost of care.  According to a study presented earlier this month at the annual ...More
    March 30, 2009 Posted in News