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  • Genomic Signature in Blood Identifies Underlying Viral Infection
    Scientists have identified a genomic "signature" in circulating blood that reveals exposure to common upper respiratory viruses, like the cold or flu, even before symptoms appear. The tell-tale viral signature reflects a set of subtle but robust changes in genes that are ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Key to Strengthening Immune Response to Chronic Infection
    A team of researchers from The Wistar Institute has identified a protein that could serve as a target for reprogramming immune system cells exhausted by exposure to chronic viral infection into more effective "soldiers" against certain viruses like HIV, hepatitis C, and ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • EPA Registers MicroGuard Antimicrobial Alloys for Sale With Public Health Claims
    Based on the results of extensive efficacy testing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered MicroGuard antimicrobial alloys for sale with public health claims. The registration acknowledges that products made of MicroGuard metals can kill harmful bacteria* ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • BD Adds Surveillance Capability to Infectious Disease Portfolio
    BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) announces  the expansion of its portfolio of tools to prevent and control infectious diseases by adding software systems for the surveillance of infections and associated risk factors among patients and ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Places like this really do exist!
    I was forward this video clip by a friend that is headed out to Arizona on vacation in mid-August. OK, the fact that he has poor timing in vacationing in Arizona during the hottest time of the year wasn't what bothered me. It was the video clip itself.The Heart Attack Grill ...More
    August 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Could Ramoplanin be the Next Vancomycin?
    With the "last resort" antibiotic Vancomycin now plagued by the first signs of bacterial resistance, a scientific collaboration centered at Duke University has identified how a candidate successor antibiotic known as Ramoplanin A2 can kill pathogenic bacteria by ...More
    August 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Decode Genomic Sequences of H1N1
    Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health are working with Argentina's National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes (ANLIS) and Roche 454 ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Gene Responsible for Staph Severity
    Scientists studying Staphylococcus bacteria, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), have discovered a potent staph toxin responsible for disease severity. They also found the gene for the toxin traveling with a genetic component of Staphylococcus that controls ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • ... More on Nurse Jackie
    OK, I am now officially caught up on Nurse Jackie thanks to my DVR and Showtime online. I have to admit that I am a fan. There has been something bothering me about this show, and I haven't been able to put my finger on what it was until last night. This show reminds me, in ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Recovery Act Funds Efforts to Address Infections in Surgery Centers
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today provided the down payment for a nationwide effort to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)  in same-day surgical centers. The first effort will begin later this month in 12 states under provisions of the American ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News