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  • How Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attack the Body’s Immune System
    “Flesh-eating” bacteria are able to survive and spread in the body by degrading a key immune defense molecule, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Adverse Reactions to Antibiotics Send Thousands of Patients to the ER
    Adverse events from antibiotics cause an estimated 142,000 emergency department visits per year in the United States, according to a study published in the Sept. 15, 2008 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.  “This number is an important reminder for physicians ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dirty Dining
    I am someone who gets easily agitated by unclean and potentially contaminated food-preparation surfaces. Who hasn’t been to their local sandwich shop and observed some unsavory habits, such as wiping off table tops and then using the same rag to wipe off cutting ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Discover Common Bacterial Strain Causing Lyme Disease in the U.S. and Europe
    Researchers at StonyBrookUniversityMedicalCenter, led by Dr. Benjamin Luft and supported by the Lyme Disease Association and the National Institutes of Health, have discovered a single common strain of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in the U.S. and Europe. This ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Rare Case Explains Why Some Infected with HIV Remain Symptom Free without Antiretroviral Drugs
    AIDS experts at Johns Hopkins say they have compelling evidence that some people with HIV who for years and even decades show extremely low levels of the virus in their blood never progress to full-blown AIDS and remain symptom-free even without treatment, probably do so ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Britain Calls Flu Pandemic a Top Concern
    The Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy is reporting on a new report from the United Kingdom that states an influenza pandemic is among the top security threats. The report indicates that a pandemic could infect as much as half of the British population and ...More
    August 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • IDSA Seeks Physicians for Lyme Disease Review Panel
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is seeking physicians and scientists to volunteer to serve on a review panel to determine whether the Society's 2006 practice guidelines on Lyme disease should be revised or updated.IDSA has entered into an agreement with ...More
    August 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • GSK Begins Shipments of Fluarix and FluLaval to U.S. Customers for 2008-2009 Influenza Season
    PHILADELPHIA – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) today announced that it will begin shipment of FLULAVAL(R) [Influenza Virus Vaccine] and FLUARIX(R) [Influenza Virus Vaccine] to U.S. customers for the 2008-2009 influenza season. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s ...More
    August 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Bacterial Species Found in Human Mouth
    Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria in the mouth. The finding could help scientists to understand tooth decay and gum disease and may lead to better treatments, according to research published in the August issue of the International Journal of Systematic ...More
    August 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • CMS Adds SSIs to List of “Do-Not-Pay” Conditions
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is taking several actions to improve the quality of care in hospitals and reduce the number of “never events,” peventable medical errors that result in serious consequences for the ...More
    August 8, 2008 Posted in News