• Joining Forces: Peptides and Lipopeptides Fight Bacteria
    The “resistance movement” founded by bacteria to combat antibiotics may be losing ground. By combining key properties of two different types of weapons used by the innate defense systems of organisms, a team of scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science has managed to ...More
    December 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Medical Teams are Key to Patient Safety and Prevention of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections
    Medical teams – not individuals – are critical to the prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections, as well as for the overall health, safety, and welfare of patients, according to an editorial by two Virginia Commonwealth University physicians published in today’s ...More
    December 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Recurrence of a Flu Pandemic Similar to Infamous 1918 Flu Could Kill 62 Million
    In recent years, health professionals and the general public alike have been acutely aware of the potential ravages that could result from a flu pandemic. Although many people might still recall the pandemics of 1968 and 1957, it is the infamous 1918-1920 pandemic--and the ...More
    December 27, 2006 Posted in News
  • Safer ICUs: Cheap, Simple, “Low-Tech” Steps Work
    Hospitals will quickly slash the rate of common, costly and potentially lethal catheter-related bloodstream infections in their intensive care units (ICUs) by using cheap, low-tech, common-sense measures like hand washing, timely removal of unneeded catheters, and use of ...More
    December 27, 2006 Posted in News
  • Molecular ‘On/Off Switch’ Controls Immune Defenses Against Viruses
    Much like flipping a light switch, the hepatitis C virus turns on human immune defenses upon entering the body but also turns off those defenses by manipulating interaction of key cellular proteins, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. This same molecular ...More
    December 27, 2006 Posted in News
  • Educated Guesses: Experts Offer Their Predictions for 2007
    This has nothing to do with healthcare, but in the spirit of the season where anything goes, allow me to share with you a slate of “educated guesses” from experts at the University of Alabama, issued in a press release this morning. Two of the best known presidential ...More
    December 21, 2006 Posted in Blogs
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    December 21, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Food Regulations Need More Bite, Public Health Expert Says
    The E. coli outbreaks in October and December 2006 have thrust the importance of food safety regulation into the spotlight says Dr. Robert Field, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “We have come to take ...More
    December 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Blood Transfusions Raise Heart Patients’ Infection and Death Risk
    Blood transfusions save the lives of millions of heart surgery patients and others each year. But a new study suggests that patients who receive transfusions during heart bypass surgery have a higher risk of developing potentially dangerous infections, and dying, after ...More
    December 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • “Shapely” Germs Shape Up the Immune System
    Like shoppers in search of the perfect pair of jeans, the body’s special immune system cells apparently have assistants that help them rapidly “try on” different pieces of a microbe to find one piece that’s shaped just right to fit their cellular skins, Johns Hopkins ...More
    December 21, 2006 Posted in News