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  • NICUs Seeing More Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections
    The rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in U.S. neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has more than tripled in recent years, reports a study in the July issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. The study highlights the need for ...More
    July 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Physicians Say Risk Level Rising for Potential H1N1 Flu Pandemic
    A new national study among 696 physicians revealed that more than one-third of physicians (37 percent) reported that there was "somewhat of a risk" that the H1N1 swine flu could result in a catastrophic pandemic, the highest level since an April study in which 49 percent of ...More
    July 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospital Achieves Significantly Lower Infection Rate for Hip Replacement
    A new report on infection rates from the New York State Department of Health singles out Hospital for Special Surgery as the only hospital in New York State with a statistically lower rate of surgical site infection (SSI) compared to the state average for hip ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Team Develops Anti-infection Technology
    Combat-related injuries have long plagued the military in part because of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Imagine being able to spray a compound fracture with microcapsules that deliver a drug to bolster the immune system, stopping infection before it starts.That technology ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Shows Possibility of Vaccine for Ear Infections
    Otitis media, more commonly known as an ear infection, is the most frequently diagnosed illness in children less than 15 years of age in the United States and is the primary cause for emergency room visits. More than 80 percent of children will experience at least one ear ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Influenza Virus in 1918 and Today
    The influenza virus that wreaked worldwide havoc in 1918-1919 founded a viral dynasty that persists to this day, according to scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In an article published online yesterday by the New England ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Do You Know Where Your Handbag Has Been?
    I wanted to give a shout-out to our Musing About Microbes blogger, Nancy Haberstich, who just presented the readers of our GermStop blog, One Mother to Another, with a very interesting tidbit about the contamination of handbags. I’m one of those gals who is careful ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Measurements Fail to Identify TB Patients Who Could Benefit from Shorter Treatment Course
    Tuberculosis (TB) is a difficult infection to treat and requires six months of multiple antibiotics to cure it. To combat the TB pandemic, a shorter and simpler drug treatment would be a huge advance since most TB occurs in resource-limited settings with poor public health ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Risk of TB from Arthritis Medication Examined
    Treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents is recognized as a risk factor for tuberculosis (TB) in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Most ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Provides Greater Understanding of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria
    Lyme disease in the U.S. is caused by the tickborne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints. About 60 percent of untreated individuals develop arthritis, ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News