• Experience Proves to be the Best Teacher When Planning Terrorism Response
    PIERRE, S.D. -- The best way to learn from experience is to have the experience yourself. That’s what South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) decision-makers found when they ran their first statewide terrorism preparedness exercise in 2006 – and what they expect to find ...More
    January 25, 2007 Posted in News
  • Disabling Key Protein May Give Physicians Time to Treat Pneumonic Plague
    The deadly attack of the bacterium that causes pneumonic plague is significantly slowed when it can't make use of a key protein, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report in this week's issue of Science. Speed is a primary concern in ...More
    January 25, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Rapid Response to Avian Flu Threat
    An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Yanbin Li, professor of biological engineering in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, has developed a portable biosensor for in-field, rapid screening of avian influenza virus. The inexpensive device ...More
    January 25, 2007 Posted in News
  • Rapid Flu Testing is Associated With Decreased Antibiotic Use in Hospitalized Adults
    Rapid influenza testing is associated with reductions in the use of antibiotics in hospitalized adults, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the February 26, 2007, print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. New diagnostic tests are increasing the ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Selenium Supplements May Contribute to Reduced HIV Viral Load
    Taking daily selenium supplements appears to increase the level of the essential mineral in the blood and may suppress the progression of viral load in patients with HIV infection, according to an article in the January 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Advances in ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Microwave Oven Can Sterilize Sponges, Scrub Pads
    By Aaron Hoover Microwave ovens may be good for more than just zapping the leftovers; they may also help protect your family. University of Florida (UF) engineering researchers have found that microwaving kitchen sponges and plastic scrubbers — known to be common carriers ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Billions of Dollars Saved in U.S. By Polio Vaccination
    A new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds that polio vaccination in the United States has resulted in a net savings of over $180 billion, even without including the large, intangible benefits associated with avoided fear and suffering. ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Global Goal to Reduce Measles Deaths in Children is Surpassed
    NEW YORK and GENEVA -- Measles deaths have fallen by 60 percent worldwide since 1999 -- a major public health success. This exceeds the United Nations goal to halve measles deaths between 1999 and 2005 and is largely due to an unprecedented decline in measles deaths in the ...More
    January 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • Health Department Offers Tips to Avoid Norovirus Infection
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis, or "stomach flu," continuing to be reported across the commonwealth and nation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding the general public about ways they can help to avoid norovirus infection -- a ...More
    January 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • Built-in Molecular Brakes Curb the Sniffles
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered how our anti-infection machinery turns itself down and limits the sniffles, congestion and fevers that are a side effect of the campaign against invading viruses. The discovery seems to solve part of the mystery of why the misery ...More
    January 18, 2007 Posted in News