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  • One Lock, Many Keys to Immune System
    In order to track down pathogens and render them harmless, the immune system must be able to recognize myriad different foreign substances and react to them. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and the Centre for Biological Signalling Studies BIOSS at ...More
    October 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • 2009 H1N1 Pandemic: What Went Right and What Went Wrong?
    In this week's PLoS Medicine, Gabriel Leung from the government of the Hong Kong SAR and Angus Nicoll from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control offer their reflections on the international response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, including what went ...More
    October 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Highlights Global Strategies to Halt Pandemic Diseases
    A recent study led by Dr. Parviez Hosseini, a senior research fellow from EcoHealth Alliance, explains the importance of identifying global pandemic risk factors as early as possible, in order to predict the spread of diseases like H1N1 influenza and SARS. "Predictive Power ...More
    October 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Limited Number of Streptococcus Pneumoniae Serotypes Cause Most Invasive Pneumococcal Disease
    Contrary to current thinking, the group of serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae responsible for most invasive pneumococcal disease worldwide is conserved across regions. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading bacterial cause of pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis in ...More
    October 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Progenics Awarded NIH Grant to Advance Novel C. Difficile Antibody Therapy
    Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces the award of a grant totaling $4,143,652 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Progenics’ program to develop novel monoclonal antibodies to treat Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection. C. difficile is a bacterium ...More
    October 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Maryland Hospitals Commit to Eliminating Bloodstream Infections
    Maryland’s hospitals are joining a nationwide initiative to eliminate serious bloodstream infections. This is a volunteer effort, like the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative, the Maryland Patient Safety Center Neonatal Collaborative, and others, focused on ...More
    October 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • No Sponge Left Behind
    Using the same technology found in clothing tags used in retail store tracking systems, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that surgical sponges with implanted radio frequency (RF) tags may be an effective adjunct to manual counting and X-ray ...More
    October 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional Launches Healthy Workplace Project
    Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the Healthy Workplace Project, a comprehensive approach to hand hygiene aimed at reducing workplace absenteeism and the productivity and business losses that occur when workers are sidelined by colds, the flu and other contagious ...More
    October 5, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • APIC Names Interim CEO
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has named Robert T. Van Hook as its interim CEO effective Oct. 18. Van Hook will manage APIC’s day-to-day affairs while the association conducts a search for a successor to Kathy Warye who served ...More
    October 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Johns Hopkins Offers Online Continuing Medical Education Congress on Infectious Disease
    IDCareLive, a live online congress on infectious disease presented by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been scheduled for Nov. 15-16, 2010. The online congress brings together leading infectious disease experts from top teaching hospitals across the ...More
    October 4, 2010 Posted in News