• Africa May Face Serious Avian Flu Risk
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After the confirmed outbreaks of avian influenza in Romania and Turkey the risk of bird flu spreading to the Middle East and African countries has markedly increased, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations warned today. "The ...More
    October 19, 2005 Posted in News
  • AlphaVax Announces $3.3 Million Grant Award to Develop a Smallpox Vaccine
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- AlphaVax, a vaccine company developing products for infectious diseases, biodefense and cancer, today announced a $3.3 million grant award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of ...More
    October 19, 2005 Posted in News
  • Growing Antibacterial Resistance Set to put Antibiotic R&D Back in Vogue
    LONDON -- A new report suggests that growing antibacterial resistance is set to put antibiotic R&D back in vogue. A highly competitive, over-saturated market awash with generics. Often long and tortuous development times, with less than impressive return on investments. ...More
    October 19, 2005 Posted in News
  • Steroids and Chicken Pox Not a Good Mix
    Children who have been treated with steroids and are exposed to chicken pox tend to have a more severe case of the virus, according to pediatric oncologists at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. New research published in the ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • New Study Says Television Remote Control is Leading Carrier of Bacteria in Patient's Hospital Room
    PHOENIX -- A new study by University of Arizona microbiology professor Charles Gerba ranks the TV remote control as the highest carrier of bacteria in a patient's hospital room compared to the toilet bowl handle, bathroom door and call buttons, among others. Even more ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • APIC Elects New Leadership
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has elected seven new officers to its board of directors, including a president-elect and secretary. Denise M. Murphy, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, has been elected to the position of ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • New Study Says Drug Combo Against AIDS-Related Infections Also Prevents Malaria
    A drug combination used to prevent pneumonia and opportunistic bacterial infection in persons with HIV/AIDS has unexpectedly been found to be highly effective at preventing malaria, according to a study published in the Nov. 15, 2005 issue of the Journal of Infectious ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • Three More Cases of Polio Virus Infection Reported in Central Minnesota
    Three additional cases of polio virus infection have now been identified in central Minnesota, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Three children – all members of the same family – have now been found to be infected with the virus. MDH ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • FDA Issues Update on Influenza Vaccine Supply
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating the public on the status of influenza vaccine availability for the 2005-2006 influenza season. The FDA anticipates the production of more vaccine than last year. At this time, the agency says it does not know the exact ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • Dopamine Response in Patients in Septic Shock Predicts Mortality
    DES PLAINES, Ill. – Patients in septic shock who respond to dopamine, a commonly used sepsis therapy to stabilize blood pressure, have a better chance of survival than those who did not respond to dopamine, according to an article in the October issue of Critical Care ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News