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  • Microbiologists Find Defense Molecule that Senses Respiratory Viruses
    A cellular molecule that not only can sense two common respiratory viruses but also can direct cells to mount a defense has been identified by microbiologists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.The finding, published online Sunday, Aug. 23, by ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • AHRQ Launches New HAI Resource Web Page
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces it has launched a new Web page that features research initiatives and resources on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) for consumers and healthcare professionals. Information from AHRQ, CDC, CMS, HHS' ...More
    August 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • New H1N1 Guidance for Colleges and Universities Issued
    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan joined with Dr. Beth Bell, deputy director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control ...More
    August 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Single Host Gene May Hold Key to Treating Ebola and Anthrax Infections
    Research published by Army scientists indicates that a minor reduction in levels of one particular gene, known as CD45, can provide protection against two divergent microbes: the virus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever and the bacterium that causes anthrax. Taken ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Universal Influenza Vaccination May Reduce Antibiotic Use
    A new study from Canada suggests that influenza vaccination may prevent another public health problem -- inappropriate antibiotic use. The findings come from a new study in the Sept. 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Disease.Starting in 2000, the Canadian province of ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • A New Way to Stop UTIs?
    Researchers at Duke University Medical Center may have a new way to stop and even prevent the urinary tract infections (UTIs) that plague more than one-third of all adults, some of them repeatedly.The researchers have discovered how cells within the bladder are able to ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Friendly Gut Bacteria Lend a Hand to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that bacteria present in the human gut help initiate the body’s defense mechanisms against Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is generally a mild infection, ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Scientists Discover Why Some Drugs Pack a Punch Against Certain Bacteria
    By studying the intricate mechanisms at work in protein production, a Princeton-led team has discovered why certain kinds of antibiotics are so effective. In doing so, they also have discovered how one protein protects against cell death, shedding light on a natural ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospital Checklists Need a Reality Check, According to New Study
    A team of sociologists and healthcare researchers is calling for greater understanding of how hospital and medical checklists can be used to improve patient safety. Furthermore, say the authors of a commentary in the journal The Lancet, widespread deployment of medical ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Federal Guidelines Encourage Employers to Plan Now for Upcoming Influenza Season
    Department of Commerce (DOC) Secretary Gary Locke, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced new guidance for businesses to plan for and respond to the upcoming flu ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in News