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  • RSV May Hide in the Lungs, Lead to Asthma
    Conventional wisdom has been that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – a common virus that causes infection in the lungs – comes and goes in children without any long lasting impact. A study conducted in mice by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers, ...More
    October 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Experts Address Glove-Related Latex Allergies
    Gloves are the workhorses of personal protective equipment (PPE), serving as a barrier to protect healthcare workers (HCWs) from a wide variety of hazardous substances, including viruses and bacteria found in blood and body fluids, as well as chemicals, detergents and ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Hitting the (Handwashing) Campaign Trail for IIPW
    Happy International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), Oct. 19-25! If you have a creative way you are celebrating at your facility this week, please tell me about it so I can share it with others in this blog. I’d like to tell you about the ambitious hand hygiene ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Early Pandemic Flu Wave May Protect Against Worse One Later
    New evidence about the worldwide influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 indicates that getting the flu early protected many people against a second deadlier wave, an article co-authored by an NIH epidemiologist concludes. American soldiers, British sailors and a group of British ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Shed Light on Immune System Suppression
    New work reported in the Oct. 16 issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe.from researchers at the Scripps Institute Work could aid development of new treatments for infectious diseases such as HIV, measles and tuberculosis. The study described the suppression of this ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Waste From Gut Bacteria Helps Host Control Weight
    A single molecule in the intestinal wall, activated by the waste products from gut bacteria, plays a large role in controlling whether the host animals are lean or fatty, a research team, including scientists from UT Southwestern Medical Center, has found in a mouse ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Bird Flu Vaccine Could Protect People and Pets
    A single vaccine could be used to protect chickens, cats and humans against deadly flu pandemics, according to an article published in the November issue of the Journal of General Virology. The vaccine protects birds and mammals against different flu strains and can even be ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Research Identifies Promising Vaccine Against TB
    ST. LOUIS -- Researchers are one step closer to finding a vaccine that better protects against tuberculosis. An investigational vaccine for TB tested at Saint Louis University appears likely to offer significantly better protection against the potentially fatal disease than ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Contact Lenses are Home to Pathogenic Amoebae
    Contact lenses increase the risk of infection with pathogenic protozoa that can cause blindness. New research, published in the November issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology, shows that a high percentage of contact lens cases in Tenerife, the largest of the seven ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • The Ins and Outs of Bottled Water
    I have been reading reports lately about the quality of bottled water. The reports are showing contaminants in almost every brand of water on the market. Are you surprised? A year or two ago, a report surfaced that Dasani, Coca-Cola's brand, was nothing more than tap water. ...More
    October 17, 2008 Posted in Blogs