• Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults, NIH-Sponsored Study Reports
    Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese form of exercise, may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine in older adults, according to a new study published in print this week ...More
    April 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Licenses First Biologic Product to Prevent Hepatitis B Reinfection in Liver Transplant Patients
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces the approval of HepaGam B for the prevention of hepatitis B reinfection in certain liver transplant patients. HepaGam B is the first product of its kind (an immune globulin product) approved for this purpose. Hepatitis B is a ...More
    April 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • Statins Linked to Lower Risk of Infection
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins may have discovered an unintended benefit in the drugs millions of Americans take to lower their cholesterol: The medications, all statins, seem to lower the risk of a potentially lethal blood infection known as sepsis in patients on kidney ...More
    April 6, 2007 Posted in News
  • Childhood Immunization with Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Cuts Pneumonia
    Routine infant immunization with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) has caused a 39 percent fall in all-cause pneumonia hospital admission rates for American children under 2, according to an article published in this week’s edition of The Lancet. Carlos G. Grijalva, MD, ...More
    April 6, 2007 Posted in News
  • Controlling C. difficile in the Community Could Cut Infection Rates in Hospitals
    Screening people for Clostridium difficile before they are admitted to the hospital may be one way to help control rising rates of infection, says a doctor in today’s British Medical Journal. Recent data published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that each year in ...More
    April 6, 2007 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Medicare Part D Failing People with HIV/AIDS
    Medicare Part D is creating major drug access problems for people with HIV/AIDS, according to a new informal survey by two leading organizations of HIV medical providers. Bureaucratic roadblocks, exorbitant co-pays, and plans that fail to cover key drugs mean that this new ...More
    April 5, 2007 Posted in News
  • Scientists Decode Genome of Oral Pathogen
    Transmission electron micrograph of S. sanguinis. Image courtesy of Lauren Turner/VCU Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have decoded the genome of a bacteria normally present in the healthy human mouth that can cause a deadly heart infection if it enters the ...More
    April 5, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Take New Approach to Studying How Cells Respond to Pathogens
    A Sandia National Laboratories research team led by Anup Singh is taking a new approach to studying how immune cells respond to pathogens in the first few minutes and hours of exposure. Their method looks at cells one at a time as they start trying to fight the invading ...More
    April 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Some Drug Resistance to Influenza B Medications
    Use of certain common antiviral drugs during a recent influenza B epidemic in Japan showed the development of viruses with partial resistance to the drugs, according to a study in the April 4 issue of JAMA. Two antiviral drugs, zanamivir and oseltamivir, which are a type of ...More
    April 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Frequent Infections May be a Sign of Immunodeficiency
    Children who get frequent infections, such as ear infections, sinusitis or pneumonia, may have a more severe condition called immunodeficiency, according to the AmericanAcademy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Patients who have immunodeficiency have infections ...More
    April 3, 2007 Posted in News