• Avian Flu Infections in Humans Prompt New Investigation
    Robert Belshe, MD, from Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development In 1918, nearly 40 million people died in a flu pandemic. Three such pandemics have occurred during the last 100 years. When a new strain of flu infects people, the infection can spread around the ...More
    January 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Patients Now Surviving Once-Fatal Immune Disease
    Individuals who have a rare genetic immune system disorder that prevents them from making antibodies nevertheless appear to be moderately healthy and lead productive lives, according to results of a study by investigators at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A report ...More
    January 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC Announces Change in Recommendations for Use of Antivirals; Clinicians Should Not Prescribe Two Common Antivirals
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that clinicians should not prescribe two common antivirals (amantadine and rimantadine) to treat or prevent influenza during the 2005-2006 influenza season. Laboratory testing by CDC on the predominant ...More
    January 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt Joins Governor Sonny Perdue at Georgia Pandemic Planning Summit
    WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging that pandemics happen and require a strong local response, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt signed a resolution, committing the state and federal government to planning efforts. They did so before an audience of public ...More
    January 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • Commission Pledges Euro $80 Million to Fight Bird Flu in Third-World Countries
    WASHINGTON -- At the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza in Beijing next week, the European Commission will pledge its external response to the threat of avian flu, including a grant of up to euro 80 million to combat the spread of the ...More
    January 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • UCSD Team Unmasks Family of Immune System Invaders
    Like a family of petty criminals gone wrong, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) were surprised to find that bacterial pathogens found in a number of troublesome diseases are actually related. Not only that, their wrong-doing is carried out by ...More
    January 13, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • StatLock Efficacy Documented in New Study
    Due to improper information supplied to Infection Control Today, a previous version of this news item incorrectly cited the name of the organization responsible for the new Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice. That organization is the Infusion Nurses Society. It should ...More
    January 12, 2006 Posted in News
  • Exercise Smart for Protection During Cold, Flu Season
    Exercise during the cold and flu season can strengthen the immune system, provided you don't overdo it, says a PurdueUniversity professor who studies exercise and the immune system. "Exercising during the cold and flu season will help people stay in shape, and most likely ...More
    January 12, 2006 Posted in News
  • Legislators Urged to Address HIV/AIDS Among Women of Color
    As rates of HIV infection in the United States continue to climb among women of color, advocacy groups for women and people with HIV/AIDS held a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday to educate legislators on the scope of infection among women of color and urge them to address ...More
    January 12, 2006 Posted in News
  • How a Virus Hijacks Cell Signals to Cause Infection
    A common virus that causes meningitis and heart inflammation takes a “back door” approach to evade natural barriers, then exploits biological signals to infect human cells. Broadening knowledge of how viruses cause infection, a new study describes elaborate methods that the ...More
    January 12, 2006 Posted in News