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  • Polluted Canal May Be Source of New Antibiotics
    New York City College of Technology biology professors Nasreen and Niloufar Haque have announced preliminary findings of their research on the "white stuff" in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal.“What we suspected turned out to be true,” Nasreen confirmed. “The ...More
    July 30, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Researchers Discover New DNA Binding Activity of E. coli Protein
    NortheasternUniversity scientists have discovered a new and unique DNA binding property of a protein in E. coli. Penny J. Beuning, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, spent the last two years researching double and single-stranded DNA ...More
    July 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • UCF Professor Develops Vaccine Against Black Plague Bioterror Attack
    A University of Central Florida (UCF) researcher may have found a defense against the Black Plague, a disease that wiped out a third of Europe's population in the Middle Ages and which government agencies perceive as a terrorist threat today. UCF professor Henry Daniell and ...More
    July 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission to Hold Infection Prevention and Control Conference Sept. 18-19
    Clinicians and administrators are challenged every day to improve the quality of healthcare. One of the most daunting challenges is to reduce instances of medical harm due to infections. Reducing health care-associated infections through good practices is critical to ...More
    July 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • Potential New Drug Target to Fight Tuberculosis Identified
    NEW YORK -- With antibiotic resistance on the rise, tuberculosis is emerging as a bigger global health threat than ever before. But now, innovative research at WeillCornellMedicalCollege suggests that Mycobacterium tuberculosis has an as yet unsuspected weakness -- one that ...More
    July 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sensitive Testing Reveals Drug-Resistant HIV With Possible Consequences for Treatment
    Drug-resistant HIV at levels too low to be detected by standard tests is not unusual and may contribute to treatment failure, according to research published in PLoS Medicine. Mutations in the AIDS virus commonly occur during treatment, especially if HIV drugs are not taken ...More
    July 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Microbes: Fine Line Between Platonic and Pathogenic Relationships
    Although bacteria are everywhere — from the air we breathe and the food we eat to our guts and skin — the vast majority are innocuous or even beneficial, and only a handful pose any threat to us. What distinguishes a welcome microbial guest from an unwanted ...More
    July 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Analyze How New Anti-MRSA Antibiotics Function
    A new paper by Shahriar Mobashery, a professor of life sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and researchers in his lab provides important insights into promising new antibiotics aimed at combating MRSA. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major ...More
    July 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • UCSF Study Shows Sharp National Rise in Skin Infections, MRSA Suspected
    A national analysis of physician office and emergency department records shows that the types of skin infections caused by community-acquired MRSA doubled in the eight-year study period, with the highest rates seen among children and in urban emergency rooms.The study, ...More
    July 29, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Coming to Work When Sick
    I will admit, although this is definitely not one of my prouder moments, that I attended a meeting of the AmericanCollege of Surgeons a few years ago, while I was running a fever of 101 and manifesting all the symptoms of the flu. Out of concern for my fellow man I avoided ...More
    July 28, 2008 Posted in Blogs