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  • How Bacteria Boost the Immune System
    Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system. Now, Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how bacteria perform this essential task.Senior author Katherine L. Knight, PhD, and colleagues report their discovery in a ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Legionnaires’ Disease… From Windshield Wiper Fluid?
    New research coming out of the UK that indicates as many as 1 in 5 community-acquired cases of Legionnaires' disease occur as a result of not adding an antibacterial agent to windshield wiper fluid in vehicles.Legionnaires' disease, caused by the legionella bacteria, is ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Genetic Makeup Influences Susceptibility to Severe Sepsis
    In the June issue of Anesthesiology, researchers take aim at identifying genetic risk factors for sepsis – a leading cause of death for critically ill patients. Genetic makeup has been identified as a key factor leading to the development of sepsis, a systemic ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • How Bacteria Make “Syringes” to Infect a Host
    For a successful infection, bacteria must outwit the immune system of the host. To this aim, they deliver so-called virulence factors through a transport channel located in the bacterial membrane. In some bacteria this transport channel is formed like a syringe, enabling ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Immunizations Guidelines Everyone Should Know
    Summer is all about barbeques and lazy days at the pool. It’s also a good time to start thinking about preparing for flu season, and the vaccinations you or your child may need for the upcoming year, says Carrie Maffeo, a professor of pharmacy at Butler University, ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • Texas Tech Enters License Agreement for Technology That Combats Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
    Officials at Texas Tech University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization announce the signing of an exclusive worldwide license agreement for a chemical additive called an aptamer that makes certain existing antibiotics viable against antibiotic-resistant ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Grant Supports Development of Antimicrobial Sutures to Combat Infection
    A new discovery may help curb surgical site infections (SSI) through the use of a novel antibiotic agent that can be incorporated into sutures. SSIs are the third most common hospital-acquired infection and may be associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Since more ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Modify Yellow Fever Vaccine to Fight Malaria
    There is no vaccine for malaria, which sickens almost a quarter of a billion people each year and kills a child every 30 seconds. That could be changing: researchers at The Rockefeller University have genetically transformed the yellow fever vaccine to prime the immune ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Strain of Bacteria Could Aid in Oil Spill
    Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive “rhamnolipids,” and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – environmental pollutants that are one of the most harmful ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • OR Nurses Ask for Time Out to Reduce Surgical Errors
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is drawing on its ability to influence patient safety practices in the OR with the national launch of a “Time Out Commitment” campaign. The new year-round campaign begins on National Time Out Day, June ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News