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  • Antibody Key to Treating Variant CJD
    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have determined the atomic structure of the 'binding' between a brain protein and an antibody that could be key to treating patients with diseases such as variant CJD.Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is part of a family of ...More
    March 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Increased Foot-Related MRSA Infections Seen by Physicians
    More Americans are developing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections from common, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete’s foot and ingrown toenails, according to information presented today at the 67th annual ...More
    March 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Breakthrough Could Lead to Stronger Vaccine
    A breakthrough strategy to improve the effectiveness of the only tuberculosis vaccine approved for humans provided superior protection against the deadly disease in a pre-clinical test, report scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Nature ...More
    March 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • NPSF Issues New Universal Patient Compact During Patient Safety Awareness Week
    In a concerted, nationwide effort to encourage and strengthen collaboration between patients, families, and their healthcare providers -- and create a powerful team for improved patient safety -- the National Patient Safety Foundation will introduce the Universal Patient ...More
    March 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Aspirin Increases Susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to Antimicrobials
    Recent studies have reported that aspirin inhibited the growth of H. pylori in a dose-dependent manner and significantly affected the activity of virulence factors of H. pylori. In addition, aspirin increased the susceptibility of H. pylori to antimicrobials including ...More
    March 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Universal Vaccination Associated with Decreased Canadian Cases of Deadliest Strain of Meningitis
    Vancouver, British Columbia – Universal childhood vaccination against meningococcal C appears to reduce Canadian incidence of the most deadly strain of bacterial meningitis, reports new research published in the March issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Epstein-Barr Virus May Be Associated with Progression of MS
    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the pathogen that causes mononucleosis, appears to play a role in the neurodegeneration that occurs in persons with multiple sclerosis, researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Trieste, Italy, have shown. Multiple sclerosis ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Simple Device Ensures Food Gets to the Store Bacteria Free
    By Brian Wallheimer Kevin Keener’s in-bag ozonation method creates ozone in packaged foods by using high-voltage coils to charge the gas inside sealed food packages, effectively killing any bacteria inside them. In this demonstration with a bag of tomatoes, ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
    I lead a book club for fifth/sixth grade girls at a local elementary school; we meet before school on Thursdays in the school library. Last week, I was attracted to a  book the librarian had included in a display to recognize the birthday of Dr. Seuss. I read with ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Study Reveals What Makes C. diff Superbug Deadly
    A major breakthrough about the potentially deadly superbug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) could lead to new ways to combat the bacterium, according to a study published March 1 in the journal Nature.The study reveals that for decades researchers have been focusing on the ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News