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  • Pregnant Women Need Flu Shots
    Pregnant women should be sure to get all their flu shots as soon as the vaccines become available this year to protect them against both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 (swine) flu, according to eight leading national maternal and infant health organizations.The eight ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Antigen Could Expedite HIV Vaccine Development
    Scientists working to develop a vaccine for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) report they have created the first antigen that induces protective antibodies capable of blocking infection of human cells by genetically-diverse strains of HIV. The new antigen differs from ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Discovery Could Improve Hepatitis C Treatment
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers are part of an international team that has discovered a genetic variation that could identify those people infected with hepatitis C who are most likely to benefit from current treatments.Dr. Melanie Bahlo and Dr. Max Moldovan ...More
    September 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Poll Shows Most Americans Lacking Direction from Their Employers for the H1N1 Flu Season
    Most workers have not had any direction from their employers about the upcoming flu season, according to a national survey released  by Mansfield Communications Inc. In the survey of a national representative sample, 69 percent of respondents say they have received no ...More
    September 23, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • New Test Quickly Identifies Active TB in Smear-Negative Patients
    Active tuberculosis (TB) can be rapidly identified in patients with negative sputum tests by a new method, according to European researchers. Active TB is the seventh-leading cause of death worldwide, and while the diagnosis of active TB can be rapidly established when the ...More
    September 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Winner of 2009 H1N1 Flu PSA Contest is Announced
    Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education secretary Arne Duncan today announced that Dr. John Clarke of Baldwin, N.Y., is the winner of the 2009 H1N1 Public Service Announcement Contest.  More than 50,000 votes were ...More
    September 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • IOM Issues Report on Species-Jumping Diseases
    Significant weaknesses undermine the global community's abilities to prevent, detect early, and respond efficiently to potentially deadly species-crossing microbes, such as the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus sweeping the globe, says a new report from the Institute of ...More
    September 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Plague Researcher Dies From Infection
    Reuters is reporting today that Malcolm Casadaban, a University of Chicago researcher who studied plague bacteria Yersinia pestis, had the bacterium in his blood when he died, according to university officials. To read further, CLICK HERE.  ...More
    September 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • HHS Releases Two New Reports on Pandemic Preparedness
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released a report, “State and Local Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Medical Surge,” in which the agency hoped to determine the extent to which selected states ...More
    September 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • ASHES Presents Phoenix and Lifetime Achievement Award
    Today the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES), of the American Hospital Association, presented the Phoenix Award, ASHES’ highest honor, to Brett Higgins, CHESP.  Also presented was the Lifetime Achievement Award to Graham Emery, ...More
    September 21, 2009 Posted in News