• New Finding About E Coli Could Block Infections, Lead to Better Treatments
    Dr. Vanessa Sperandio, assistant professor of microbiology, led a research team that included graduate student David T. Hughes in discovering a receptor in a strain of Escherichia coli can be blocked to avert infection, a finding that might aid in developing new therapies ...More
    June 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • An Opportunistic Foe
    The New York Times is reporting that an Indonesian who died after catching the A(H5N1) avian influenza virus from his son represents the first confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the disease. The cluster of outbreaks within the family has been under ...More
    June 26, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • WHO Report Asserts That One-Quarter of All Diseases is Caused by Environmental Exposure
    GENEVA -- As much as 24 percent of global disease is caused by environmental exposures which can be averted. Well-targeted interventions can prevent much of this environmental risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) demonstrates in a report issued today. The report ...More
    June 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • New 3M Skin Health Web Site Features Clinical Solutions
    SAINT PAUL, Minn. – A new 3M Skin Health Web site is helping healthcare professionals choose among simple, skin-friendly solutions for treating basic to complex skin, wound and I.V. care conditions. 3M’s new Skin Health Web site (www.3M.com/SkinHealth) provides information ...More
    June 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • UPMC Adopts TheraDoc System to Improve Infection Reporting and Patient Safety
    SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is implementing a suite of clinical decision-support software provided by TheraDoc®, Inc. Already a leader in patient care and safety, UPMC will be able to further automate data collection to improve ...More
    June 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves New HIV Treatment for Patients Who Do Not Respond to Existing Drugs
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Prezista (darunavir), a new drug for adults whose infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has not responded to treatment with other antiretroviral drugs. Prezista, a new HIV protease inhibitor, is approved to ...More
    June 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC Urges Awareness of Measles in Americans Returning from Germany
    As American travelers go to and return from Germany for the World Cup soccer championship games, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises travelers and doctors to be aware that some travelers may have been exposed to the measles virus. Since Jan. 1, ...More
    June 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Community Intervention Boosts Vaccination Rates for Minority Kids
    African-American children in Harlem and Hispanic children in WashingtonHeights caught up with other U.S. children and surpassed their peers nationwide in achieving up-to-date vaccination status following an immunization promotion in these New York City neighborhoods. The ...More
    June 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • HIV Testing Day Focuses Attention on Missed Opportunities at the Doctor's Office
    This HIV Testing Day, June 27, 2006, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) urges all sexually active adults to get tested at any of the thousands of testing sites set up around the country. But at the same time, HIVMA notes that every day countless opportunities are missed ...More
    June 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Don’t Count Your Chickens ...
    … before they’re hatched, or in this case, don’t assume that the world was unaffected by avian influenza until last year. The New York Times is reporting today that editors of a prestigious medical journal were asked by a team of authors to withdraw from publication a paper ...More
    June 23, 2006 Posted in Blogs