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  • Experimental TB Drug Explodes Bacteria from the Inside Out
    An international team of biochemists has discovered how an experimental drug unleashes its destructive force inside the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). The finding could help scientists develop ways to treat dormant TB infections, and suggests a strategy for drug ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Drugs Against MRSA, Other Superbugs Still Lacking
    Infectious disease experts warn that new drugs are urgently needed to treat six drug-resistant bacteria that cause most hospital infections and increasingly escape the effects of antibiotics.The ESKAPE pathogens -- as these six bad bugs have been dubbed -- are still on the ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Long-Lasting Cold Symptoms May Be Sinusitis
    If your stuffy nose and headache last for more than two weeks, it may be more serious than a cold. Winter is prime season for sinusitis, as the condition most often results from the common cold. Allergy sufferers are also more likely to develop sinusitis.An estimated 31 ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dousing Ourselves in Alcohol Hand Gels
    Alcohol-based hand antiseptic products have saturated the marketplace, but some experts are wondering if this ubiquitous hand hygiene product has replaced traditional soap-and-water handwashing. In its 2002 hand hygiene guideline, the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Winter Brings Flu, Summer Brings Bacterial Infections
    In the same way that winter is commonly known to be  "flu season," a new study suggests that the dog days of summer may well be the "bacterial infection" season.Researchers have discovered that serious infections caused by gram-negative bacteria can go up as much as 17 ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • MRSA Infection Rates Fall When UK Hospitals Receive Discounts on Insurance Premiums
    A major reform of the way that NHS hospitals pay for legal liability insurance has led to improvements in patient safety, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Offering discounts on insurance premiums to hospitals that meet certain ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • ACP Recommends Routine HIV Screening for All Patients
    On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is giving doctors a call-to-action to routinely encourage HIV screening to all of their patients older than 13 years. This new practice guideline appears on the Annals of Internal Medicine Web site at ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Study Indicates Smallpox Vaccination Effective for Decades
    Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, there is concern that bioterrorists might obtain smallpox from a laboratory and release it into the population. Under such circumstances, the supply of smallpox vaccine may be insufficient for universal ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Parents of New Babies Should be Considered for Whooping Cough Booster
    A booster vaccination for parents of new babies and other household members may be the most effective way of preventing the fatal form of whooping cough in young infants, say a group of pediatric intensive care doctors on today.Whooping cough (pertussis) is a ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • A Novel Target for Therapeutics Against Staph Infection
    Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the University of Edinburgh have uncovered how a bacterial pathogen interacts with the blood coagulation protein fibrinogen to cause methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News