• 4 Million More Health Workers Required to Improve Global Health
    Authors of a public-health article in this week’s issue of The Lancet are calling for urgent international action to address the chronic lack of investment in human resources which is limiting the chance of tackling diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB. The Lancet ...More
    November 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • The “Holiday Rush” of Colds and Flu is On
    Jeff Desmond, M.D, already knows what he’s getting for Christmas: hundreds of people with colds and flu coming to see him and his staff at the University of Michigan hospital emergency room. Some of them will need medical help for especially bad infections. But most of them ...More
    November 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Time to Develop New Antidotes for Chemical Attacks, Urge Researchers
    New antidotes for organophosphates are needed to prepare for chemical attacks in the West and to tackle pesticide poisoning in developing countries, argue researchers in this week's British Medical Journal. Organophosphates are a group of organic compounds containing ...More
    November 24, 2004 Posted in News
  • Diamonds Aid in Preventing Urinary Tract Infections
    Wafer-thin coatings from diamond-like carbon can prevent dangerous biofilms of bacteria from forming on indwelling catheters in the urinary tract. What is more, the coated catheters glide into the ureter with considerably less friction, to the delight of medical staff, and ...More
    November 24, 2004 Posted in News
  • Acid-resistant Bug Doesn't Give in to Alcohol Either
    A chemist at Washington University in St. Louis has found surprisingly tough enzymes in a bacterium that "just says no to acid." Acid resistance is a valued trait for both pills and human pathogens. The bacterium Acetobacter aceti makes unusually acid-resistant enzymes in ...More
    November 24, 2004 Posted in News
  • HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors: Effective Against Malaria?
    Protease inhibitors used to treat HIV-1 infection may also be effective for treatment or prevention of malaria, according to a study published in the December 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. The study found protease inhibitors inhibited ...More
    November 24, 2004 Posted in News
  • Pharming Announces Positive Results of Study With Human Lactoferrin
    LEIDEN, Netherlands -- Pharming Group N.V. (“Pharming”) announced the positive results from a key study with recombinant human lactoferrin (rhLF).  The Company will use these results for Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) registration of rhLF for nutritional ...More
    November 24, 2004 Posted in News
  • New Protein Structure Is a First Step Toward Preventing E. Coli Diseases
    UPTON, N.Y. -- Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have determined the two-dimensional crystal structure of a membrane protein involved in the process by which the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria ...More
    November 23, 2004 Posted in News
  • UCSB Researchers Advance Understanding of Urinary Tract Infections
    The bacterium E. coli is responsible for about 80 percent of human urinary tract infections. Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have made important strides in understanding E. coli at the molecular level in an effort to discover the mechanisms by ...More
    November 23, 2004 Posted in News
  • Random Gene Activation Helps Ulcer Bug Escape Immune System
    ST. LOUIS -- The bacterium that causes ulcers and contributes to stomach cancers uses a clever interaction between two genes to randomly tighten and loosen its grip on the stomach, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis ...More
    November 23, 2004 Posted in News