• Biologist Hopes Mosquito Can Break Viral Chain
    Most people do their best to avoid mosquitoes. But this summer Rollie Clem will play the wary host to his own homegrown swarm of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito. He's made a room ready for them, and even a menu. "Sheep's blood or cow's blood," said Clem, an ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Create System to Pinpoint Airline Passengers Who Contaminate Cabins
    By Emil Venere Researchers developing a system that uses mathematical models and sensors to locate passengers releasing hazardous materials or pathogens inside airline cabins have shown that the technique can track a substance to an area the size of a single seat. The ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Guideline for Treating Lyme Disease
    A guideline developed by the AmericanAcademy of Neurology finds conventionally recommended courses of antibiotics are highly effective for treating nervous system Lyme disease. However, there is no compelling evidence that prolonged treatment with antibiotics has any ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis B Patients' Understanding of the Disease is Deficient
    Many patients with chronic hepatitis B are deficient in their understanding of the lifelong disease and often do not comply with the drug regimens necessary to control it, according to a new UCLA survey that suggests improved patient involvement in disease management ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Community-Associated Staph Infections Involving Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Increase
    The incidence of antibiotic-resistant staph infections associated with being acquired in the community and not in health care institutions increased almost seven-fold in Chicago's Cook County Hospital system between 2000 and 2005, according to a report in the May 28 issue ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Study Indicates ICU Nurse Working Conditions Linked to Rise in Patient Infections
    Hospitals that have better working conditions for nurses are safer for elderly intensive care unit (ICU) patients, according to a recent report, led by Columbia University School of Nursing researchers that measured rates of hospital-associated infections. Hospital ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • How Plague-Causing Bacteria Disarm Host Defense
    Effector proteins are the bad guys that help bacterial pathogens do their job of infecting the host by crippling the body’s immune system. In essence, they knock down the front door of resistance and disarm the cell’s alarm system. Now, researchers at the University of ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Extremely Drug Resistant TB a Growing Problem in India
    Extremely drug resistant TB, or XDR-TB, is a serious problem in India, according to a study presented May 21 at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference. The study, the first in India to look at the prevalence of XDR-TB, found this type of TB accounts for ...More
    May 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Majority of U.S. Parents Not in Favor of HPV Vaccine Mandates
    While debate in several state governments continues to grow over school mandates for Gardasil – a vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for girls ages 11 to 12 that is designed to provide protection against human papillomavirus, or HPV, ...More
    May 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • House Dust May Protect Against Allergic Disease Early in Life
    Endotoxin, a toxic substance made by certain types of bacteria, may reduce the risk of developing the allergic skin condition eczema or wheezing in children if they are exposed to it up to age 3, suggests a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International ...More
    May 21, 2007 Posted in News