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  • Hopkins-Led Team Solves Failed Vaccine Mystery
    Research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Center scientists has figured out why a respiratory syncytial virus vaccine used in 1966 to inoculate children against the infection instead caused severe respiratory disease and effectively stopped efforts to make a better one. The ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Infections in ASCs Get a Closer Look
    Las Vegas Review-Journal writer Annette Wells is reporting that concerns about outbreaks of infections, particularly in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), have triggered a national study on the role institutions play in healthcare-acquired infections. (You’ll recall ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • SDI and MedImmune Announce Study on Geographically Specific, Seasonal RSV Disease Outbreak Data
    SDI, a leading disease surveillance and healthcare informatics organization, in partnership with biotechnology company MedImmune, has announced the publication of a study on the variances of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season between major U.S. metropolitan areas. ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Maryland Researchers Take Aim at Avian Flu Vaccine
    Associate professor Daniel Perez is a virologist in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland. Photo provided by John Consoli, University of Maryland   A University of Maryland-led science team has developed a ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Global Health Should be Key Component of U.S. Foreign Policy
    The U.S. should significantly intensify its commitment to global health in the next four years by increasing funding and placing greater importance on health when setting overall U.S. foreign policy, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine written to inform the ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Immunity Stronger at Night Than During the Day
    The immune system's battle against invading bacteria reaches its peak activity at night and is lowest during the day. Experiments with the laboratory model organism, Drosophila melanogaster, reveal that the specific immune response known as phagocytosis oscillates with the ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Infection Prevention for New Employee Orientations
    MG from Pennsylvania writes, "I am a nurse infection control officer for a multi-service mental health organization. I am looking for a PowerPoint presentation for our new employee orientation. It needs to meet the infection control information needs for all our new hires, ...More
    December 12, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Mid-Season Influenza Immunization Rates are Too Low
    A new survey of approximately 4,000 American adults reveals that fewer than one-third (29.6 percent) have been vaccinated against the flu this season. The survey is the first of its kind to measure self-reported influenza vaccination rates during a current flu season. "This ...More
    December 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Entomologists Work Toward Mitigating the Spread of Lyme Disease by Unlocking Mechanisms Controlling the Black-legged Tick's Salivary Glands
    Nervous system and salivary glands of a black-legged tick are shown with the colors stained for two different neuropeptides. Source: K-State department of entomology   In research that could mitigate the spread of Lyme disease, KansasStateUniversity entomologists ...More
    December 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Antibacterial Personal Hygiene Products May Not Be Worth Potential Risks
    A recent study by UC Davis researchers calls into question the widespread use of two active ingredients — triclocarban and triclosan — in personal hygiene products, including antibacterial bar and liquid soaps. Using human and animal cell lines, researchers ...More
    December 11, 2008 Posted in News