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  • WHO Focuses on International Spread of Disease as Threat to Public Health Security
    GENEVA -- More than at any previous time in history, global public health security depends on international cooperation and the willingness of all countries to act effectively in tackling new and emerging threats. That is the clear message of this year's World health ...More
    August 24, 2007 Posted in News
  • Pertussis Boom Being Questioned
    The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that a dramatic rise in U.S. pertussis cases is now in question after officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that a routine lab test misdiagnosed cases in suspected outbreaks in New Hampshire, ...More
    August 24, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Researchers Find Possible Animal Source for Marburg Virus
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and their collaborators have for the first time successfully identified Marburg virus infection in a common species of African fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus). Marburg virus causes severe, often fatal, ...More
    August 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Life's a Beach but Not When Bacteria Lurk in the Sand
    Early in my career I was the editor of a newspaper in a seaside San DiegoCounty community. (Rough gig, I know!) While the town was certainly something akin to paradise on earth, frequently the beach itself was a different story. Effluence was carrying fecal bacteria up from ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Beachgoers Beware: Study Reveals Sand Contains Fecal Bacteria
    By Kim Segall Microbes that result in beach closures and health advisories when detected at unsafe levels in the ocean also have been detected in the sand, according to a recent study by a team of Stanford scientists. Published in the July 1 issue of Environmental Science ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Guidelines Address Treatment of H. Pylori
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The American Journal of Gastroenterology has published medical guidelines for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, one of the most common worldwide infections and an important factor linked to the development of peptic ulcer ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Influenza Survey Uncovers Key Differences Between Bird Flu and Human Flu
    Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have found key features that distinguish influenza viruses found in birds from those that infect humans. The St. Jude team used a mathematical technique to identify specific amino acid building blocks that are ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • JCR Introduces New Consulting Service
    OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announces the launch of the Multi-Drug-Resistant Organism (MDRO) consulting service. This is a new service to help healthcare organizations prevent and control MDROs. JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Global Experts Explore Entire Spectrum of Aids Vaccine Development
    SEATTLE -- More than 900 global researchers, clinicians, and specialists convene this week for the AIDS Vaccine 2007 Conference. Since the AIDS Vaccine 2000 Conference in Paris, this event has emerged as the premier forum for the exchange of scientific information relating ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Computers Help Chemists Fight Emerging Infections
    Computer analysis of existing drugs may be key to fighting new infectious agents and antibiotic-resistant pathogens like deadly tuberculosis strains and staph ‘superbugs.’ Researchers in Canada say the use of such “emergency discovery” technology could save time, money and ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News