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  • Researchers Turn to Unique Resource for Clues to Norovirus Evolution
    A search through decades-old frozen infant stool samples has yielded rich dividends for scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The team customized a laboratory technique to screen ...More
    October 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • To Vaccinate or Not, That is the Question....
    I started writing this, and a headline caught my attention and changed my mind. The headline, "Majority of U.S. Parents Wary of H1N1 Vaccine."Many of the parents surveyed by Consumer Reports, over 50 percent, were worried that there had not been enough testing on the ...More
    September 30, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Nurses Group Says Encourage, Don't Mandate H1N1 Flu Vaccination
    As the national H1N1 pandemic arrives, with the vaccine following shortly, the nation's largest professional association and union of registered nurses has issued new nursing practice guidelines to structure its use. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses ...More
    September 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Protect Children First with H1N1 Flu Vaccine, Says Pediatric Disease Expert
    The optimal way to control swine flu, the new H1N1 virus that emerged as a global threat in 2009, is to vaccinate children with the planned H1N1 flu shot, says the co-director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Infectious ...More
    September 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Taking Sharper Aim at Stomach Ulcer Bacteria
    Scientists are reporting discovery of a much sought after crack in the armor of a common microbe that infects the stomachs of one-sixth of the world’s population, causing stomach ulcers and other diseases. They identified a group of substances that block a key ...More
    September 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Co-Infections Common in Fatal Cases of Influenza
    Many people who have died from 2009 H1N1 influenza in the United States had co-infections with a common bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus) which likely contributed to their death, according to a report published in the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    September 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Urges States to Proclaim International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 18-24, 2009
    To bring greater attention to the critical need to protect patients and the public from the risk of healthcare-associated infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), in collaboration with 3M Health Care, is urging nationwide ...More
    September 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researcher Identifies New Target to Prevent Fatal Flu Lung Complication
    Research led by Dr. Jay Kolls, professor and chairman of genetics at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has identified a therapeutic target for acute lung injury resulting in acute respiratory distress syndrome, a highly fatal complication of influenza infection. The ...More
    September 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Most Would Refuse Emergency-Use H1N1 Vaccine
    A majority of Americans would not take an H1N1 flu vaccine or drug additive authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and University of Georgia study. The study, available ...More
    September 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • AMA Creates New CPT Codes for H1N1 Flu Immunizations
    With both seasonal influenza and H1N1 influenza circulating this flu season, the American Medical Association (AMA) today announces it has expedited the publication of a new code specific to vaccine administration and revised existing code 90663 to include the H1N1 vaccine. ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News