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  • Salmonella's Sweet Tooth Predicts its Downfall
    For the first time, UK scientists have shown what the food poisoning bug Salmonella feeds on to survive as it causes infection: glucose. Their discovery of Salmonella's weakness for sugar could provide a new way to vaccinate against it. The discovery could also lead to ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pandemic Passenger Screening
    Four major U.S. national laboratories have worked together to develop a computer model to help airport authorities screen passengers for pandemic influenza. The tool can help estimate false negatives, people with influenza who slip through the screening process, and so ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Risk Perception and Infectious Diseases
    With the current outbreak of flu, and in the absence of a vaccine or treatment at present, the only way to contain the virus is to get people around the world to take precautionary measures. In a special editorial in the latest issue of the International Journal of ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria are Bad Breath’s Culprit
    A quick breath check in the palm of your hand can never give accurate results. Whether you're about to lean in for a smooch or start a job interview, you're better off asking a trusted friend if your breath is sweet. But what if a friend isn't around when you need ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • WHO Says Concern Over Flu Pandemic is Justified
    Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), made the following statement before the 62nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland today: “Over the past three decades, the world has, on average, been growing richer. People have, on ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune Response to Flu Captured by Computer Simulation
    Researchers have successfully tested for the first time a computer simulation of major portions of the body's immune reaction to influenza type A, with implications for treatment design and preparation ahead of future pandemics, according to work posted online by the ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Needed to Curb Spread of XDR-TB Among Healthcare Workers
    Healthcare workers in South Africa are at a significantly increased risk of developing extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in a trend which threatens to further exacerbate the already beleaguered healthcare systems in sub-Saharan countries, according to results ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Novel Vaccine Offers Hope in Fight Against HIV
    A research team may have broken the stubborn impasse that has frustrated the invention of an effective HIV vaccine, by using an approach that bypasses the usual path followed by vaccine developers. By using gene transfer technology that produces molecules that block ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Director Appointment Pleases Physicians and Scientists
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy say they applaud President Obama for his appointment of Thomas Frieden, MD, as director of the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    May 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Gram-Negative Rods in Neonatal ICUs
    Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found a high frequency of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative rods (GNRs) in two of the largest neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the city of Manila, Philippines. Improved infection control methods could ...More
    May 15, 2009 Posted in News