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  • "Zinc Zipper" Plays Key Role in HAIs
    Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) that are resistant to traditional antibiotic treatment have become increasingly common in recent years, confounding healthcare professionals and killing thousands of Americans. Now, in studies that could lead to new ways to prevent this ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Film Inner Workings of the Immune System
    Forget what's No. 1 at the box office this week. The most exciting new film features the intricate workings of the body, filmed by scientists using ground-breaking technology. For the first time in Australia, scientists at Sydney's Centenary Institute have filmed an immune ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Blood Tests Can Help Detect Presence of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
    With less than half of patients with necrotizing soft tissue infections displaying the physical signs of these very serious infections, researchers have found two simple blood tests can help physicians diagnose what is commonly known as "flesh-eating bacteria," according to ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • The Power to Fight MRSA is in Your Hands
    According to preliminary results from a hand hygiene campaign in UK hospitals, these facilities are using three times the amount of soap and hand antiseptic they used in 2004. The findings were presented at a conference today by researchers at the University College London. ...More
    December 3, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Hospital Scrubs are a Dangerous Fashion Statement
    The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) announces it is calling on all hospitals in the U.S. to provide clean uniforms or scrubs for their personnel and to bar medical workers from wearing uniforms outside of hospital buildings.   “You see them ...More
    December 3, 2008 Posted in News
  • Interferon Needed for Cells to “Remember” How to Defeat a Virus
    Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have determined that the immune-system protein interferon plays a key role in “teaching” the immune system how to fight off repeated infections of the same virus.The findings, available online and in the Dec. 15 issue ...More
    December 3, 2008 Posted in News
  • Regifting: I Know Where That Syringe Pen Came From!
    Did you know that Dec. 18 is National Regifting Day? I swear I didn’t make that up. I share this with you because I came across a very funny piece on the hazards of regifting – a dicey practice any time of the year, but particularly egregious at Christmas. With ...More
    December 2, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Vaccine, Drug Research Aimed at Ticks and Mosquitoes to Prevent Disease Transmission
    Most successful vaccines and drugs rely on protecting humans or animals by blocking certain bacteria from growing in their systems, but a new theory actually hopes to take stopping infectious diseases such as West Nile virus and malaria to the next level by disabling ...More
    December 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Spread the Word, Not the Germs!
    National Handwashing Awareness Week is Dec. 7-13, and just in time for this important awareness-raising event, the Henry the Hand foundation reminds healthcare workers and the general public to avoid illness by not touching your T-zone, or the mucous membranes of your eyes, ...More
    December 2, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Scientists Find Key to Keeping Killer T Cells in Prime Shape for Fighting Infection, Cancer
    Like tuning a violin to produce strong, elegant notes, researchers at The Wistar Institute have found multiple receptors on the outside of the body’s killer immune system cells which they believe can be selectively targeted to keep the cells in superb infection- and ...More
    December 2, 2008 Posted in News