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  • Protein Preserves Delicate Balance Between Immune Response and Host
    White blood cells called neutrophils are part of the body's first line of defense against bacterial infection. Neutrophils are recruited from the bloodstream to infected tissues where they release powerful chemicals that kill bacteria and amplify the immune response. These ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Research Provides Detailed Reconstructions of Past Plagues
    A multi-national team of academic, government and industry scientists from Europe, China and the United States published data reconstructing the global evolutional history of devastating plague pandemics in unprecedented detail. This includes the notorious Black Death ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Medline Funds Grants Aimed at Reducing Risks Associated With Hospital-Acquired Conditions
    Medline Industries, Inc. announces today that it is funding 10 new research projects in its second round of Prevention Above All Discoveries Grants focused on reducing the medical risks and harms associated with hospital-acquired conditions. To date the program has provided ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Elderly Women at Higher Risk for Unnecessary Urinary Catheterization, Study Says
    Elderly women are at high risk for inappropriate urinary catheter utilization in emergency departments, according to a new study in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. The study was conducted at St John Hospital and Medical Center, a 769-bed ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Immune System's Bare Essentials Used to Speedily Detect Drug Targets
    Scientists at Johns Hopkins have taken a less-is-more approach to designing effective drug treatments that are precisely tailored to disease-causing pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, and cancer cells, any of which can trigger the body's immune system defenses. In a ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Have Long-Term Impacts on Gut Flora
    Short courses of antibiotics can leave normal gut bacteria harbouring antibiotic resistance genes for up to two years after treatment, say scientists writing in the latest issue of Microbiology. The researchers believe that this reservoir increases the chances of resistance ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Teflaro for Bacterial Infections
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces it has approved Teflaro (ceftaroline fosamil), an injectable antibiotic to treat adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI), including ...More
    November 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Shuttle Mice to Boost Infectious Disease Research
    When the space shuttle Discovery lifts off on its final flight Nov. 2, its six astronauts will be joined by 16 rodent passengers on a historic mission of their own. Riding in special self-contained modules that automatically supply them with food and water, the mice will be ...More
    October 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Mississippi VA Medical Center Fails to Properly Disinfect Surgical Instruments
    Last week, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) transmitted to the President and Congressional oversight committees findings of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) investigation confirming that improperly cleaned and poorly sanitized instruments were distributed to ...More
    October 29, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Screening of Orthopedic Patients for MRSA May Make Economic Impact
    Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA, from the Public Health Computational and Operations Research (PHICOR) program at the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues report in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology that routine preoperative screening and ...More
    October 29, 2010 Posted in News