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  • Researchers Identify Key Behavior of Immune Response to Listeria
    A team of University of British Columbia (UBC) microbiologists has identified a key defense mechanism used by the immune system against Listeria with strong implications for the future development of vaccines.Listeria is the bacteria that causes listeriosis, a foodborne ...More
    October 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Addresses Hand Hygiene and Contamination of Keyboards
    A new study to be published in BMC Infectious Diseases examines the issue of hand hygiene and the bacterial contamination of computer keyboards and mice. Lu et al. conducted their study in a 1,600-bed medical center of southern Taiwan with 47 wards and 282 computers. With ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Aspirin Misuse May Have Made 1918 Flu Pandemic Worse
    The devastation of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic is well known, but a new article suggests a surprising factor in the high death toll: the misuse of aspirin. Appearing in the Nov. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online now, the article sounds a ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public Tells Healthcare Workers: Get Your H1N1 Flu Vaccine
    As H1N1 influenza vaccine begins to be shipped across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize getting the first doses to high-priority groups. One such group is healthcare workers. A report released today by the C.S. Mott ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Just 40 Percent of Adults Certain They Will Get H1N1 Vaccine
    In a new survey, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that just 40 percent of adults are "absolutely certain" they will get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves, and 51 percent of parents are "absolutely certain" that they will get the vaccine for their ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pharmacists Join CDC to Promote Appropriate Antibiotic Use
    Pharmacists around the nation are joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate consumers about the appropriate use of antibiotics during this influenza season.  Antibiotics are intended to treat bacterial infections, not viruses like the flu. ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researcher Uncovers Potential Key to Curing TB
    Researchers at Iowa State University have identified an enzyme that helps make tuberculosis resistant to a human's natural defense system. Researchers have also found a method to possibly neutralize that enzyme, which may someday lead to a cure for tuberculosis. ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Evaluates Surgical Masks vs. N95 Respirators for Preventing Influenza Among Healthcare Workers
    Surgical masks appear to be no worse than, and nearly as effective as N95 respirators in preventing influenza in healthcare workers, according to a study released early online today by JAMA. The study was posted online ahead of print because of its public health ...More
    October 1, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Flu Could Trigger Hospital Bed Shortage
    Trust for America's Health (TFAH) released a new report today that finds 15 states could run out of available hospital beds during the peak of the outbreak, if 35 percent of Americans were to get sick from the H1N1 flu virus. Twelve additional states could reach or exceed ...More
    October 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Can Strep Throat Cause OCD, Tourette Syndrome?
    New research shows that streptococcal infection does not appear to cause or trigger Tourette syndrome or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The research was published in the Sept. 30, 2009 online issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...More
    October 1, 2009 Posted in News