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  • First Human Gets New Antibody Aimed at Hepatitis C Virus
    Building upon a series of successful preclinical studies, researchers at MassBiologics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) today announced the beginning of a Phase 1 clinical trial, testing the safety and activity of a human monoclonal antibody they ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Current Hepatitis C Treatments Work Equally Well
    The three treatment combinations for clearing the most common form of the hepatitis C virus work equally well with similar side effects, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers and their colleagues in 13 other institutions have found. Hepatitis C affects nearly 4 million ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • The Hepatitis Healing Power of Blueberry Leaves
    A chemical found in blueberry leaves has shown a strong effect in blocking the replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), opening up a new avenue for treating chronic HCV infections, which affect 200 million people worldwide and can eventually lead to cirrhosis and ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • X-ray Machines May Spread Infections in the ICU
    Poor infection control practices when using X-ray machines may lead to nosocomial infections in the intensive care unit (ICU). In a new study, Israeli researchers observed 173, 113, and 120 ICU chest x-rays during observation, intervention, and follow-up periods, ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Links Selection for Pathogen Resistance with Increased Risk for Inflammatory Disease
    New research reveals that a simple laboratory assay detects a genetic variation in host response to bacterial infection that is associated with an increased susceptibility for inflammatory disease. The study, published by Cell Press online on Aug. 6 in the American Journal ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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