• CDC Announces Weeklong Event to Focus on the Importance of Influenza
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the designation of the week after Thanksgiving as National Influenza Vaccination Week. This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week will run from November 27 to December 3. This event is designed to ...More
    November 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • Progress Made in HIV Vaccine Development
    Researchers have successfully tested two candidate vaccines that may eventually be used together to confer immunity against HIV infection. Their findings are published in the December 15, 2006 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. Barney S. ...More
    November 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Surgeon-In-Chief Adapts Airline Safety Program to Improve Patient Safety
    Adapting and incorporating some of the same safety techniques used by airline crews, the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is continually working to improve patient safety in the operating room. One way to approach the goal of improved patient safety, according to Bruce ...More
    November 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • What Does the Public Really Know about HPV?
    Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States, and certain “high risk” types have been shown to cause cervical cancer. Despite recent advances in the detection and prevention of HPV, the link between the virus and ...More
    November 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • Wash Hands to Curb Infections, UN Agency Tells Healthcare Professionals
    At any given moment some 1.4 million people worldwide are ill because of infections acquired in hospitals, the United Nations health agency said today, yet one of the most powerful approaches to fighting the scourge is also the simplest: doctors, nurses and other healthcare ...More
    November 10, 2006 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Scientists Discover Plants Lend Clues to Chlamydia Cure
    Researchers from the UniformedServicesUniversity of the Health Sciences (USU) have discovered that Chlamydia, a bacteria that causes a sexually transmitted disease (STD), shares an evolutionary heritage with plants. That shared evolutionary heritage, which is not found in ...More
    November 10, 2006 Posted in News
  • High Reusable Endoscope Costs Pave the Way for Disposable Endoscopes
    WALTHAM, Mass. -- Operating costs represent only a small portion of the total cost of reusable endoscope procedures, according to a new report from Millennium Research Group (MRG). MRG has completed a thorough analysis of the per-procedure cost of reusable rigid endoscopes; ...More
    November 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Flu Expert Dr. Margaret Chan Named as WHO's New Director-General
    GENEVA -- Dr. Margaret Chan of China will be the next director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). Following her appointment, she told the World Health Assembly she wanted to be judged by the impact WHO's work has on the people of Africa and on women across the ...More
    November 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • MRSA Toxin Acquitted: Study Clears Suspected Key to Severe Bacterial Illness
    Researchers who thought they had identified the bacterial perpetrator of the often severe disease caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) had better keep looking: Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ...More
    November 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Individualized Strategies Needed for Prevention of Malaria in Long-Term Travelers
    Prevention of malaria for persons who travel for more than six months is complex and should be individualized, with advice from travel medicine specialists, according to a review article in the Nov. 8, 2006 issue of JAMA. There were more than 800 million trips by travelers ...More
    November 9, 2006 Posted in News