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  • Pneumonia Patients Who Previously Received Vaccine Have Lower Rate of Death or ICU Admission
    Among patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, those who had previously received the pneumococcal vaccine had a lower risk of death and admission to the intensive care unit than patients who were not vaccinated, according to a report in the Oct. 8 issue of ...More
    October 8, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Data Show Ceftobiprole as Effective as Combination Therapy in Treating Patients with Diabetic Foot Infections
    RARITAN, N.J. -- Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. today announced results from a Phase III trial that showed that investigational antibiotic ceftobiprole was found to clinically cure 86 percent of patients with diabetic foot infections ...More
    October 8, 2007 Posted in News
  • Common Germ Causes Ulcers, Cancer But May Protect Children From Asthma
    The bacteria that cause ulcers and stomach cancer also appear to protect children from asthma, suggests research presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria occur naturally and have been ...More
    October 7, 2007 Posted in News
  • Second Lyme Infection Likely Means Two Tick Bites; Study on Recurrence of Lyme Disease Suggests Re-Infection, Not Relapse
    People who experience a second episode of the characteristic Lyme disease bull’s-eye rash likely were bitten by another tick, rather than experiencing a relapse of the first infection, suggests a preliminary study presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Infectious ...More
    October 7, 2007 Posted in News
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is on the Upswing
    Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a potentially deadly tick-borne infection, is increasing throughout the country, most notably in suburban areas, according to research presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). In five years, ...More
    October 7, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Step Bird Flu Virus Takes to Spread Readily in Humans
    Since it first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997, the H5N1 avian flu virus has been slowly evolving into a pathogen better equipped to infect humans. The final form of the virus, biomedical researchers fear, will be a highly pathogenic strain of influenza that spreads easily ...More
    October 7, 2007 Posted in News
  • ASHES Announces Award Winners
    The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) announces that Weston R. Thiss, MBA, CHESP, is the recipient of the 2007 Phoenix Award. ASHES highest honor, the Phoenix award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact in the ASHES organization ...More
    October 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Danger Will Robinson, Danger!
    I just finished reading a story by AP writer Larry Margasak on how U.S. laboratories are mishandling deadly germs. I am never the first one to hit the panic alarm when I read stories like these. After all, haven’t we become a society that lives and dies by the tabloid? I do ...More
    October 2, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Scientists Unlock Giardia Genome
    WOODS HOLE, Mass. -- Giardia lamblia, one of the most common human parasites in the United States, causes more than 20,000 intestinal infections a year, often through contact with contaminated drinking or swimming water. In the September 28 issue of Science, an ...More
    October 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Drug-Resistant Bugs Get the "STAAR" Treatment
    Kudos to Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-NJ) for introducing H.R. 3697, the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act, which is being supported by infectious disease physicians as an important way to raise awareness of drug-resistant ...More
    October 2, 2007 Posted in Blogs