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  • Conference on Vaccine Research to Highlight 40-Year Progress
    Scientists at the 13th annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR), sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), will reflect on the remarkable growth of vaccine biotechnology in the last several decades and focus on the growing number of ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Crack Code of Critical Bacterial Defense Mechanism
    By Emily CaldwellScientists have combined chemistry and biology research techniques to explain how certain bacteria grow structures on their surfaces that allow them to simultaneously cause illness and protect themselves from the body’s defenses.The researchers are ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Billions That Bug Us: A Genomic View of Humans and Their Microbes
    The human species is dependent for its survival on the billions of microorganisms that inhabit multiple environmental niches within and on the human body. While microbes are commonly associated with diseases and infections, they are also vital in essential, beneficial roles ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Putting Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance into Reverse
    The use of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections causes a continual and vicious cycle in which antibiotic treatment leads to the emergence and spread of resistant strains, forcing the use of additional drugs leading to further multi-drug resistance.But what if it ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Targeting a Waterborne Foe
    Discovered in 1976, cryptosporidium lurks worldwide in water, contaminating swimming pools, water parks, and drinking water supplies. This microscopic pathogen is a leading cause of diarrhea and malnutrition and the most common source of infection in immune-weakened people ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Viruses Manipulate Host Cells by Means of Molecular Mimics
    Viruses have evolved a broad range of strategies that enable them to evade the immune systems of their hosts. A team of researchers at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute at LMU Munich led by virologist Jürgen Haas has been studying a novel, recently discovered mechanism ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vancouver Patients Warned About Potential Infectious Exposure from Endoscopy Procedure
    The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has notified approximately 500 patients who underwent ERCP endoscopy procedures at Victoria General Hospital between June 2008 and January 2010 that they may have been exposed to viruses during their tests.While the risk is ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Deadly New Airborne Fungus Spreading in Oregon
    A newly discovered strain of an airborne fungus has caused several deaths in Oregon and seems poised to move into California and other adjacent areas, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.“This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Strep Steps Up in Urinary Tract Infections
    Research suggests pathogenic strains of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) are an under-recognized cause of urinary tract infections. The bacteria are better known as a cause of infection in pregnant women with subsequent risks of preterm delivery and transmission to newborn ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Links 1976 Swine Flu Shot to Stronger Immune Response to 21st Century Pandemic Flu
    New evidence shows immunization against "swine flu" in 1976 might provide individuals with some protection against the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, according to new research from St. Jude investigators.Researchers found that individuals who reported receiving the ...More
    April 23, 2010 Posted in News