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  • Face Protection Effective in Preventing Flu Spread
    A new article in the journal Risk Analysis assessed various ways in which aerosol transmission of the flu, a central mode of diffusion which involves breathing droplets in the air, can be reduced. Results show that face protection is a key infection control measure for ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Scientists Link Influenza A(H1N1) Susceptibility to Common Levels of Arsenic Exposure
    This colorized negative stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts some of the ultrastructural morphology of the A/CA/4/09 swine flu virus.The ability to mount an immune response to influenza A (H1N1) infection is significantly compromised by a low level of ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • U.S. Should Bolster Funding to Improve Public Health
    To fulfill America's humanitarian obligations as a member of the international community and to invest in the nation's long-term health, economic interests, and national security, the United States should reaffirm and increase its commitment to improving the health of ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Protein from Algae Shows Promise for Stopping SARS
    A protein from algae may have what it takes to stop Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) infections, according to new research. A recent study has found that mice treated with the protein Griffithsin (GRFT), had a 100 percent survival rate after exposure to the SARS ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Shot Not Effective in Preventing Flu-Related Hospitalizations in Asthmatic Children
    The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Aerosolized Nanoparticles Show Promise for Delivering Antibiotic Treatment
    Aerosol delivery of antibiotics via nanoparticles may provide a means to improve drug delivery and increase patient compliance, thus reducing the severity of individual illnesses, the spread of epidemics, and possibly even retarding antibiotic resistance.Delivery of ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Suggests TB Screening Needs to be Targeted for Maximum Public Health Benefit
    New estimates of the likelihood that a latent case of tuberculosis (TB) will become active have resulted in a roughly 50 percent increase over previous estimates of the number of people needed to be screened (NNS) to prevent an active infection, limiting the cost ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacteria With a Built-In Thermometer
    Researchers in the Molecular Infection Biology group at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig and the Braunschweig Technical University could now demonstrate for the first time that bacteria of the Yersinia genus possess a unique protein ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • What Happened to the TB Vaccine?
    A team of VanderbiltUniversityMedicalCenter investigators has cracked one of clinical medicine's enduring mysteries – what happened to the tuberculosis vaccine. The once-effective vaccine no longer prevents the bacterial lung infection that kills more than 1.7 million ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • HAI-Related Litigation
    Has your hospital been sued by a patient with a healthcare-acquired infection? I just read about a patient’s claim against a Florida hospital that was dismissed and that got me thinking about the perils of these litigious times. What do you think increasing ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in Blogs