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  • Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Influenza
    Based on symptoms alone, respiratory illness caused by influenza is challenging to distinguish from illness caused by other respiratory pathogens, therefore rapid diagnostic testing may be helpful for guiding antiviral treatment decisions and control activities. Most public ...More
    October 13, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Experts Discuss Rapid Flu Testing Issues
    ICT gathered a small panel of experts to share their perspectives on issues relating to rapid diagnostic testing for influenza. Panel participants are: • Elliot Rank, PhD, director of scientific affairs/medical affairs for BD Diagnostics - Diagnostic Systems • ...More
    October 13, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Nanotechnology Boosts War on Superbugs
    This week Nature Nanotechnology journal (October 12th) reveals how scientists from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at UCL are using a novel nanomechanical approach to investigate the workings of vancomycin, one of the few antibiotics that can be used to combat ...More
    October 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Body's Anti-HIV Drug Explained
    Humans have a built-in weapon against HIV, but until recently no one knew how to unlock its potential. A study published online by the journal Nature reveals the atomic structure of this weapon – an enzyme known as APOBEC-3G – and suggests new directions for ...More
    October 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Crucial Control in Long-Lasting Immunity After Infection
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists have identified a protein that plays matchmaker between two key types of white blood cells, T and B cells, enabling them to interact in a way that is crucial to establishing long-lasting immunity after an infection. Their ...More
    October 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • AORN’s Cleaning and Reprocessing Endoscopes Recommendations Up for Review
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)’s Cleaning and Processing Flexible Endoscopes and Endoscope Accessories recommendations are up for review through Nov. 8, 2008. For more details, CLICK HERE. ...More
    October 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • APIC Calls for Annual Flu Immunization of Healthcare Workers
    In response to the low rates of influenza immunization among healthcare personnel, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced its support for requiring flu immunization for healthcare workers who have direct patient ...More
    October 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Handwashing is More Effective Than Taking Vitamins for Cold Prevention
    The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, and the cold and flu season is beginning. Many people have started taking vitamin C tablets as a precautionary measure. But research has shown that vitamin supplements do not provide nearly as much protection as other ...More
    October 9, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Researchers Discover How Infectious Bacteria Can Switch Species
    Scientists from the Universities of Bath and Exeter have developed a rapid new way of checking for toxic genes in disease-causing bacteria which infect insects and humans. Their findings could in the future lead to new vaccines and antibacterial drugs. They studied a ...More
    October 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Gene With Probable Role in Human Susceptibility to Pulmonary Tuberculosis Identified
    A new gene that may confer susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis has been identified by Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) researchers and their collaborators in The Netherlands, Indonesia, United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation. In the current j PLoS Genetics, the ...More
    October 9, 2008 Posted in News