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  • Sebelius Comments on Flu Vaccine Production Issues
    A press briefing was held today by the CDC to provide an update on the H1N1 influenza outbreak, with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CDC Acting Director Richard Besser providing comments and answering questions. Sebelius, making her first trip to the CDC, commented ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA, FTC Warn of Fraudulent H1N1 Influenza Products
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are alerting the public to be wary of Internet sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.  The ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Scientists Learn Why the Flu May Turn Deadly
    As H1N1 continues its global spread, researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered important clues about why influenza is more severe in some people than it is in others. In their research study published online in the Journal of Leukocyte ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Mechanism Behind Delayed Development of Antibiotic Resistance
    Inhibiting the drug efflux pumps in bacteria, which function as their defense mechanisms against antibiotics, can mask the effect of mutations that have led to resistance in the form of low-affinity drug binding to target molecules in the cell. This is shown by researchers ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Experts Praise CDC’s Response to Flu Outbreak
    Anne Gershon, MD, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), made the following statement today: “In week two of the current H1N1 or 'swine flu' epidemic, we are hearing some Monday-morning quarterbacking about whether it was right to raise ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Novel Antibody Prevents Hepatitis C Virus Infection
    Taking aim at a leading cause of liver failure in the United States, a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories (MBL) of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has developed a human monoclonal antibody that neutralizes the hepatitis C ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Overturns Orthodoxy on How Macrophages Kill Bacteria
    For decades, microbiologists assumed that macrophages, immune cells that can engulf and poison bacteria and other pathogens, killed microbes by damaging their DNA. A new study from the University of Illinois disproves that.The study, published in the journal PLoS One, shows ...More
    May 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nanotechnology Holds Promise for STD Drug Delivery
    Yale researchers describe a breakthrough in safe and effective administration of potential antiviral drugs — small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules that silence genes — the first step in development of a new kind of treatment for sexually transmitted diseases ...More
    May 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Texas Tech Receives Patent for Decontamination Wipe Creation Process
    The process used to create nonwoven toxic chemical decontamination wipes, such as TexasTechUniversity’s Fibertect™, recently received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.Receiving the patent means the university has secured the ...More
    May 4, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Hospitals in Pennsylvania Prevent UTIs
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common healthcare-acquired infection, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all nosocomial infections. This has become a major issue for hospitals since the Centers ...More
    May 4, 2009 Posted in News