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  • Scientists Partner to Fight Infectious Diseases
    Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Washington, along with a number of partner institutions across the Northwest, have received federal funding to form a regional research center aimed at combating emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases that ...More
    April 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flying Spittle and Bed Bugs... Just Another Routine News Day
    OK, people, the things I don’t do to bring you some interesting tidbits every day! First, I found a news item about flying spittle. Then I came across something from the Associated Press that discusses a bedbug summit held by the Environmental Protection Agency ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • The Perils of Flying Saliva
    Mark Nicas has given some of his best years to spittle. He builds models – the mathematical kind – of how someone else's slobber ends up on you. The size of the particles, whether they come out in a dry cough or a wet sneeze, their evaporation rate, air speed ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researcher Develops E. coli Vaccine
    A Michigan State University researcher has developed a working vaccine for a strain of E. coli that kills 2 million to 3 million children each year in the developing world.Enterotoxigenic E. coli, which is responsible for 60 percent to 70 percent of all E. coli diarrheal ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • IDSA Lyme Disease Review Panel Extends Public Input Period and Sets the Public Hearing Date
    The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) has convened a review panel to examine whether the Society’s Lyme Disease guidelines, published in 2006, should be revised or updated based on a rigorous review of the medical and scientific evidence on the diagnosis ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Many Consumers Ignore Food Product Recalls
    Rutgers' Food Policy Institute (FPI) released a study today showing that many Americans fail to check their homes for recalled food products. Only about 60 percent of the studied sample reported ever having looked for recalled food in their homes, and only 10 percent said ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Discovery Turns Model Parasite Into Genetic Workhorse
    In a genetic leap that could help fast-track vaccine and drug development to prevent or tame serious global diseases, Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) researchers have discovered how to destroy a key DNA pathway in a wily and widespread human parasite. The feat surmounts a ...More
    April 13, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Chicago Doctor May Have Exposed Patients, Staff to TB is reporting that a first-year pediatric resident in Chicago who was diagnosed with a confirmed case of tuberculosis, may have exposed hundreds of staff members and patients at three local hospitals. Public health officials have offered to test the exposed ...More
    April 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Stackhouse Sold to Ecolab
    CIT Group Inc., a bank holding company, today announced that Stackhouse, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of surgical helmets and smoke evacuators, has been acquired by Ecolab Inc., a global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection ...More
    April 10, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Study Finds Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria High in Long-Term Care
    The prevalence of a certain form of drug-resistant bacteria, called multidrug-resistant Gram-negative (MDRGN) organisms, far surpassed that of two other common antimicrobial-resistant infections in long-term care facilities, according to a study conducted by researchers at ...More
    April 10, 2009 Posted in News