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  • Quicker, Cheaper SARS Virus Detector
    Members of a USC-led research team say they've made a big improvement in a new breed of electronic detectors for viruses and other biological materials — one that may be a valuable addition to the battle against epidemics. It consists of a piece of synthetic antibody ...More
    May 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Ignores Critical Information on Home HIV Tests
    The FDA is ignoring critical information in deciding whether to approve an over-the-counter, rapid HIV test for home use, according to a recent article in the journal Medical Decision Making (MDM). As the price of the HIV test rises, some lower-income individuals who are at ...More
    May 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Prion Strains Identified by Accelerated Method
    Current tests to identify specific strains of infectious prions, which cause a range of transmissible diseases (such as mad cow) in animals and humans, can take anywhere from six months to a year to yield results – a time-lag that may put human populations at risk. ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Who's Who in Infection Prevention 2009
    We present our annual list of exceptional individuals working in infection prevention and control, as nominated by Infection Control Today magazine readers. Congratulations to these dedicated professionals who are working hard to advance the infection prevention agenda. ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • H1N1 Draws Renewed Attention to Health Policy Issues
    The global spread of a unique strain of swine-origin H1N1 influenza (SO-IV) is almost a certainty. The lethality of the SO-IV and the impact of a pandemic on an already fragile world economy has yet to be determined. However, in the early days of this pandemic we have much ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Behavioral Issues Drive Hand Hygiene Compliance
    Since the age of Ignaz Semmelweiss, healthcare practitioners have been admonished to cleanse their hands before coming in contact with patients. While common sense dictated hand hygiene for decades, it wasn’t until 1981 that the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Looking for New Antibiotics
    As the best drugs become increasingly resistant to superbugs, McMasterUniversity researchers have discovered a completely different way of looking for a new antibiotic.In a paper to be published published on May 29 in the journal Chemistry and Biology, with colleagues in ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Biochemical Signals Help Immune Cells Remember How to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered how two biochemical signals play unique roles in promoting the development of a group of immune cells employed as tactical assassins. In their initial response, these immune cells, known as cytotoxic T ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Develop New HIV Microbicide
    In what could be a major pharmaceutical breakthrough, research published online in The FASEB Journal describes how scientists from St George's, University of London have devised a one-two punch to stop HIV. First the report describes a new protein that can kill the virus ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Chronic Hepatitis C Patients Have New Treatment Option
    A new combination therapy of daily consensus interferon (CIFN) and ribavirin is effective for some people with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) who do not respond to standard therapy. The treatment works particularly well in interferon-sensitive patients who have lower fibrosis ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News