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  • False Positives in TB Diagnosis Lead to Real Negatives for HIV Patients
    HIV-infected patients who are falsely diagnosed as having tuberculosis (TB) have higher rates of mortality than those who are correctly diagnosed with the disease, according to a study conducted by researchers at University of California-San Francisco and Makerere ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • DFA Unreliable in H1N1 Testing in Critically Ill Patients
    Direct immunofluorescence assay (DFA) testing for H1N1 influenza is unreliable in ICU patients, according to a new study from Stanford University. Multiple methods exist for diagnosing influenza, but data on the utility and accuracy of these tests for H1N1 are still ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Google Flu Trends Estimates Off
    Google Flu Trends is not as accurate at estimating rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza as CDC national surveillance programs, according to a new study from the University of Washington. The findings will be reported at the American Thoracic Society 2010 International ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Virus Survival on Surfaces May be Affected by Temperature and Humidity
    The SARS coronavirus (CoV) may survive on surfaces for days at temperature and humidity levels common to indoor environments say researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They report their findings in the May 2010 issue of the journal Applied and ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Unhealthy Patterns of Innate Oral Bacteria May Cause Bad Breath
    It might not just be poor oral hygiene causing that bad breath say researchers from Japan; unhealthy patterns of bacterial populations inherent to the mouth may also contribute to oral malodor. They report their findings in the May 2010 issue of the journal Applied and ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Trials Begin on New Hepatitis C Drug
    The first clinical trials have started on a new investigational drug, discovered by researchers at Cardiff University, which is being developed to treat infections caused by hepatitis C virus. Approximately 170 million people worldwide are affected with hepatitis C, which ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Noroviruses Identified as Common Cause of Travelers' Diarrhea
    Noroviruses, infamous for causing outbreaks of gastroenteritis on cruise ships, may now be recognized as a common cause of travelers' diarrhea in multiple regions of the world as well. Researchers from the U.S. and abroad detail their findings in the May 2010 issue of the ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Rapidly Detect Rotavirus Strains
    By Kat GilmoreUsing nanotechnology and a patented signal enhancing technique developed at the University of Georgia, UGA researchers have discovered a rapid, sensitive and cost-effective method to detect and identify a number of rotavirus strains and genotypes in less than ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Med Students' Needle-Handling Error Exposes Patients to Potential Infection
    The Associated Press is reporting that a group of medical students at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque did not properly change out needles on medical devices used to test blood glucose levels, thus putting as many as 50 patients at risk for ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Sentara Remains Successful at Preventing Infections
    Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center announces that it has posted another year with not a single case of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).  That makes six consecutive years without this healthcare-acquired infection that can lead to increased mortality and ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene