• Infection-Thwarting Catheters, Planning Key in Reducing Hospital Deaths
    A new study shows that antiseptic-coated catheters and better safety measures in hospitals could significantly reduce the number of infection-related hospital deaths, which account for nearly 100,000 lives lost each year. The study, led by University of Nebraska Medical ...More
    October 24, 2005 Posted in News
  • Whooping Cough Vaccine Not Just for Kids Anymore
    In the first study of its kind, researchers at Saint LouisUniversity have demonstrated that immunization with a new vaccine could potentially prevent more than a million cases of pertussis (whooping cough) each year in adolescents and adults. Most children are protected ...More
    October 24, 2005 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis, Infertility May Have Influenced George Orwell's Writing
    The author of such portentous works as Animal Farm and 1984 may have been influenced by his own physical ailments, such as tuberculosis and infertility, in writing his gloomy portrayals of the future, according to an article in the Dec. 1, 2005 issue of Clinical Infectious ...More
    October 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • HIV Mortality in India Drops with Introduction of Generic Antiretroviral Therapy
    The survival rate of HIV-infected patients in India has risen in response to a 20-fold drop in the price of antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to an article in the Nov. 15, 2005 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. The introduction of generic ...More
    October 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation Partner to Develop New TB Vaccine
    PARIS -- GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation today announced a new public-private partnership to develop GSK Biologicals' tuberculosis candidate vaccine Mtb72F/AS02A, which has shown promising results in preclinical studies. In addition, ...More
    October 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • 1918 Pandemic Influenza Virus Declared a Select Agent
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published today in the Federal Register an interim rule declaring the strain of influenza responsible for the 1918 pandemic as a select agent. There are currently 41 other agents and toxins listed as select agents under ...More
    October 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Superiority of Venetec's StatLock for Securing Arterial Catheters
    SAN DIEGO – A newly published study shows that the StatLock Arterial Select catheter securement device, made by Venetec International, reduces dislodgements and unscheduled restarts of arterial catheters by nearly 49 percent -- making patients safer and protecting ...More
    October 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • Past Illegal Blood Donation in China Linked to Hepatitis C Virus Infection
    Research in a rural province of central China has documented that illegal blood donation practices led to high hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates in blood and plasma donors during the 1980s and early 1990s, and that failure to screen for HCV in transfusion recipients ...More
    October 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • HIV Patients Face Discrimination from Doctors
    SANTA MONICA , Calif. -- Research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine reveals that 26 percent of HIV-infected individuals reported that they felt discriminated against by physicians and other healthcare providers. Despite demographic variations, all ...More
    October 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • Emergency Physician Warns of Post-hurricane Disease, Illness
    A Johns Hopkins emergency physician who spent the past five weeks working on public health issues in the Gulf Coast region following hurricane Katrina warns that the disaster’s potential for wreaking havoc and damage to people’s health may continue for months after the ...More
    October 19, 2005 Posted in News