• Researchers Working to Keep Airliner Air Quality Healthy, Safe
    In a tightly enclosed area, such as an airplane, the quality and safety of the air is of utmost importance. In addition to concerns about general air quality, added recent concerns have included accidental contamination of aircraft cabins -- such as with pandemic flu -- and ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • IAVI Calls for New Measures to Accelerate Search for AIDS Vaccine
    Today at the XVI International AIDS Conference, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) proposed new scientific and policy initiatives to accelerate AIDS vaccine development, foster capacity building in developing countries, and build and sustain long-term ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Study Explores Scalpel’s Role in the Spread of vCJD
    A study published in the online edition of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reports that researchers have been exploring the likelihood that vCJD might be spread via the reuse of surgical instruments, and calls for more data in order to allay fears over the ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Confirmatory Tests Being Conducted on Michigan Wild Bird Samples for Avian Flu Subtypes
    The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced that routine surveillance has indicated the presence of H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from two wild mute swans in Michigan, but testing has ruled out the possibility of this being the highly ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • APIC to Conduct National MRSA Prevalence Study
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces a detailed strategy to combat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The initiative includes the launch of a national survey on this increasingly prevalent and virulent ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Polio Outbreak from Oral Vaccine Identified and Controlled in China
    A 2004 outbreak of polio in China traced back to live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV), which is widely used in global eradication efforts, highlights the small but significant risk to eradication posed by the use of OPV at suboptimal rates of coverage. The study, ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Combating Anthrax: Researchers Look for a Better Vaccine
    A new study published this month by a Saint Louis University vaccine researcher scrutinizes what in the future could be an alternative to the presently available anthrax vaccine. This new type of anthrax vaccine produced the immune response doctors were looking for, ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Research Pinpoints West Nile Virus Antibody Binding Site
    Purdue researchers created these three-dimensional reconstructions of the West Nile virus attached to fragments of an antibody that neutralizes the virus and prevents infection. The reconstructions are based on images taken with a technique called cryoelectron microscopy. ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Physicians More Likely to Disclose Medical Errors That Would Be Apparent to the Patient
    CHICAGO -- While physicians in the United States and Canada generally support disclosing medical errors to patients, they vary widely in when and how they would tell patients an error had occurred, according to two articles in the current issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Food for Thought: Microbes Make You Fat?
    Microbes are being blamed for nearly everything these days, but I did a double take when I read in The New York Times that microorganisms may be making us fat as well as sick. According to writer Robin Marantz Henig, PenningtonBiomedicalResearchCenter in Louisiana has ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in Blogs