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  • Study First to Show that RNA Interference can Facilitate Vaccine Development
    By Sam FahmyPharmaceutical companies and universities are racing to develop drugs that use the gene silencing mechanism known as RNA interference to treat a host of diseases. Now, a new study opens up an entirely new possibility for this powerful tool: Researchers at the ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scans Show Immune Cells Intercepting Parasites
    Researchers may have identified one of the body's earliest responses to a group of parasites that causes illness in developing nations. In a paper published online in Public Library of Science Pathogens, scientists report that they tracked immune cells as they patrolled the ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Salmonella Infection in the Community
    Tara from North Carolina writes, The infection control practitioner of a local hospital notices that many patients admitted for Salmonella infection indicate that they drink unpasteurized milk from a local dairy. The dairy has resisted pasteurizing the milk because the ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • APIC Supports National Influenza Vaccination Week
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other healthcare organizations in supporting National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, 2008. As part of this year’s ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hot Drinks Help Fight Colds and Flu
    A hot drink may help reduce the symptoms of common colds and flu, according to new research by Cardiff University's Common Cold Centre. New research at the Centre has found that a simple hot drink of fruit cordial can provide immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • During Cold and Flu Season, Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed
    New online educational materials remind young and old alike about the health benefits of frequent and proper hand hygiene: stopping germs and illness dead in their tracks.The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have teamed up ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Have Adverse Event Reporting Systems
    More than 94 percent of U.S. hospitals have centralized systems for collecting reports of adverse events, but only 21 percent fully distribute and consider adverse event summary reports, according to a study funded by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dressed to Kill: From Virus to Vaccine
    In a pioneering effort, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Queensland in Australia have successfully demonstrated that they can count, size and gauge the quality of virus-like particle-based (VLP) vaccines much ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Pressure Ulcers Increasing Among Hospital Patients
    Hospitalizations involving patients with pressure ulcers– either developed before or after admission – increased by nearly 80 percent between 1993 and 2006, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Pressure ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify ‘Border Patrol Agents' in the Gut
    Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have shown in mice how and under what circumstances the gut activates its defensive mechanisms to prevent illness. Scientists have known for decades that microbial cells in the human gut outnumber the body’s own cells by ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News