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  • New Therapy May be Effective Against Bacterial Infections and Sepsis
    A new study found that certain immune cells primarily associated with asthma and allergies may enhance innate immunity and improve clearance of bacterial infections and may be an effective new therapy against bacterial infections and sepsis in humans. The researchers from ...More
    November 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Guidance on Flu and Mass Gatherings
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued the document, “Interim planning considerations for mass gatherings in the context of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza.” The WHO states, “Mass gatherings are highly visible events with the potential for ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Have Egg Allergy? You May Still Be Candidate for Flu Vaccines, Says Allergist
    As flu season got underway this fall, Dr. Catherine Monteleone, an allergist, noticed that her office started to receive an unusually high number of calls from people with egg allergy. They previously had avoided flu vaccines because of their sensitivity to eggs. This year, ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Avoiding Panic in Pandemics
    Public health officials walking a tightrope between massive demand for vaccines and intense public scrutiny of side effects now have a new standard for evaluating the safety of their vaccination programs.Widespread concern about the ‘swine flu’ is prompting H1N1 ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Examine How Viruses Destroy Bacteria
    Viruses are well known for attacking humans and animals, but some viruses instead attack bacteria. Texas A&M University researchers are exploring how hungry viruses, armed with transformer-like weapons, attack bacteria, which may aid in the treatment of bacterial ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Prevention Technologies Make List of Top Innovations
    The members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) have compiled a list of what they believe to be the top innovations of the year and the ones that hold the most promise for addressing scientific imperatives. Several technologies on the list have important implications for ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Why Hepatitis B Hits Men Harder Than Women
    Scientists in China are reporting discovery of unusual liver proteins, found only in males, that may help explain the long-standing mystery of why the hepatitis B virus (HBV) sexually discriminates -- hitting men harder than women. Their study, "An altered pattern of liver ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Even Santa Claus Wants the Flu Vaccine
    You know swine flu has reached the final frontier when even Santa Claus is clamoring for the vaccine! Associated Press writer Holly Ramer is reporting that the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas is encouraging its members to take infection control precautions and has ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • AORN and 3M Collaborate on Hand Hygiene Initiative
    To raise awareness of the deadly risks associated with poor hand hygiene and encourage best practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and 3M Infection Prevention announced today an initiative to ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • A Second Skin Helps Wound Healing
    Despite advances in treatment regimens and the best efforts of clinicians, about 70 percent of all people with severe burns die from related infections. But a revolutionary new wound dressing developed at Tel Aviv University (TAU) could cut that number dramatically.Meital ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News