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  • From Poison to Prevention: New Generation of Salmonella-based Vaccine Candidates Fight Infant Pneumonia
    One of the major challenges in modern One of the major challenges in modern vaccinology is to engineer vectors that are highly infectious, yet don't cause illness. is to engineer vectors that are highly infectious, yet don't cause illness. Trickier still is to ensure that ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Structure of Key Ebola Virus Protein
    Research led by IowaStateUniversity scientists has them a step closer to finding a way to counter the Ebola virus. A team led by Gaya Amarasinghe, an assistant professor in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, has recently solved the structure from a key part of ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Examines Why Restaurant Workers Don't Wash Hands and Follow Other Food Safety Practices
    Why do restaurant workers -- who handle an estimated 70 billion meals and snacks in the U.S. every year -- sometimes not follow common food safety practices such as washing their hands properly or keeping work surfaces sanitary?According to a recent Kansas State University ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Saying Goodbye to Gerberding
    Last Friday, CNN reported that Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has resigned from her post and will depart on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day for President-elect Barack Obama. The CDC's chief operating officer, William ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Identify Potential New Weapon Against HIV Infection
    Researchers have discovered a potentially important new resistance factor in the battle against HIV: blood types. An international team of researchers from Canadian Blood Services, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Lund University in Sweden have discovered that certain ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Bed Bugs Outsmart Poisons Designed to Control Them
    Bed bugs, once nearly eradicated in the built environment, have made a big comeback recently, especially in urban centers such as New York City. In the first study to explain the failure to control certain bed bug populations, toxicologists at the University of ...More
    January 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Malaria Drug May Meet Resistance, Expert Says
    This year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the first malaria drug to contain artemisinin, a wormwood derivative from China that has proven effective for malaria in Africa and Asia. Although there are only about 1,500 reported cases of malaria ...More
    January 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis Bacteria Co-Opt Body's Defenses to Gain Foothold
    Tuberculosis bacteria can commandeer the body's defenses in the early stages of infection and redirect them for their own offensive strategies, according to results reported today in the scientific journal Cell.The dense granulomas characteristic of TB were originally ...More
    January 9, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Study Finds More Effective Treatment for Pneumonia Following Influenza
    Scientists at St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital have demonstrated a more effective treatment for bacterial pneumonia following influenza. They found that the antibiotics clindamycin and azithromycin, which kill bacteria by inhibiting their protein synthesis, are more ...More
    January 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nurses Get Low Ranking on New Occupation List
    I have some bad news for you. According to a new study from CareerCast.com, nurses rank 185 on the list of the best and worst jobs. The good news is, nurses seem to have better jobs than painters, childcare workers and firefighters (occupations that came in at 186, 187 and ...More
    January 8, 2009 Posted in Blogs