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  • Peering Inside the Skull of a Mouse to Solve Meningitis Mystery
    NYULangoneMedicalCenter scientists and their collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have discovered an unexpected cause for the fatal seizures seen in mice with viral meningitis, an infection of the central nervous system, according to a study ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • PPE Removal in the SPD
    CT asks, "Regarding PPE removal in the decontamination area of the central supply or sterile processing departments, what is the correct way and order it should be removed? Remember, we also wear shoe covers." ICT readers, do you have any suggestions?  ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • New Research Lights Up Chronic Bacterial Infection Inside Bone
    Cambridge, UK – A new report demonstrates how a sensitive imaging technique gives scientists the upper hand in seeking out bacteria in chronic infections. Listeria monocytogenes is a type of pathogenic bacteria that can cause severe illness and death. Listeria ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Increased Risk of Pneumococcal Disease in Asthma Patients
    Mayo Clinic research shows adults with asthma are at increased risk of serious pneumococcal disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacteria causing middle ear infections and community-acquired pneumonia. It also causes blood stream infections and brain ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • HPV Vaccine Used Overseas Passes Safety Test in Boys
    New industry-supported research from Finland suggests that Cervarix, an HPV vaccine given to girls in Europe and elsewhere, is safe for boys as well. “The results show that the vaccine does generate an immune response and is generally well-tolerated,” said study ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • Symptom Score Helps Monitor Recovery from Ear Infections
    A simple 13-point symptom score can help in tracking improvement in infants and toddlers with middle ear infection, or acute otitis media (AOM), reports a study in the January issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • Professor Helps Control Infectious Diseases with Models and Math
    Can an algebraic equation hold the secret to eradicating malaria or schistosomiasis? A CaseWestern ReserveUniversity mathematics professor is utilizing the combination of algorithms and models in an effort to assist his medical colleagues in the fight against infectious ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • A Cold Hits Home
    Doctors who smoke. Firemen who play with matches. Pastors who cuss. These are just a few jarring examples of when the person and the behavior don’t match, because we assume these people know better. I’ll add a fourth example: the editor of ICT who gets a bad ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Killer Peptide May Offer New Therapy Against Influenza A Virus
    In a new study researchers identified what appears to be the first antibody-derived peptide that inhibits the activities of harmful microbes such as influenza A virus and HIV-1. They report their findings in the December 2008 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • Natural Immune Response to HIV Not Sufficient to Prevent Secondary Superinfection
    Researchers studying the phenomenon known as HIV superinfection have determined that the immune system's initial antibody response may not be sufficient to provide protection against later infection with a different HIV virus, a finding that may have significant ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in News