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  • 1 in 4 California Girls Has Had HPV Vaccine
    Less than two years after the HPV vaccine was approved as a routine vaccination for girls aged 11 and older, one-quarter of California adolescent girls have started the series of shots that protect against human papillomavirus, which is strongly linked to cervical cancer. ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Research Identifies Faster Detection of Viruses
    A more specific and faster detection of viruses has been identified in new research by Trinity College Dublin's professor of physics, Martin Hegner at Trinity College's Centre of Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) and an international team of ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospitals Apply Lessons Learned in the Airline Industry to Improve OR Safety
    A recent study conducted by Northwestern Memorial Hospital found that integrated team training and pre-operative discussions increase staff communication and teamwork, thus reducing the potential for operating room errors.  The study, published in the February issue of ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Living in a Virtual World
    To say we are living in a virtual world is an understatement. What would we do without the Internet or our mobile phone? When is the last time you used a pay phone--and one that even worked for that matter?Last week, Infection Control Today held its Third Annual Conference ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Chicago Flu Outbreak Proves It's Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated
    So far, this has been a mild flu season in the Chicago area but beware – the area is not completely out of the woods yet. A Catholic school on Chicago's Southwest Side discovered that when more than 200 of its 700 students plus several teachers called in sick because ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Disrupting Cell Communication in Bacteria May Prevent Foodborne Illness
    The rise in the number of foodborne illnesses from Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli, coupled with the lack of an effective intervention method, has led to intense scientific research into prevention efforts. One solution may be interfering with quorum sensing, a ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Scientists Uncover Secrets of Potential Bioterror Virus
    Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have discovered a key tactic that the Rift Valley fever virus uses to disarm the defenses of infected cells. The mosquito-borne African virus causes fever in humans, inflicting liver damage, blindness and ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • When Acute Hepatitis Develops Into Chronic Hepatitis
    Researchers at the Helmholtz Center in Braunschweig, Germany are demonstrating how the immune system reacts to a hepatitis B infection. To achieve this, Carlos A. Guzmán, head of the vaccinology and applied microbiology working group, and Robert Geffers, head of the ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Image Pinpoints All 5 Million Atoms in Viral Coat
    High-energy X-ray diffraction was used to pinpoint some 5 million atoms in the protective protein coat used by hundreds of viruses.     If a picture is worth a thousand words, then RiceUniversity's precise new image of a virus' protective coat is ...More
    February 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Good Bacteria Can be Vehicle for Oral Vaccine Against Anthrax
    Researchers at North CarolinaStateUniversity have discovered that the good bacteria found in dairy products and linked to positive health benefits in the human body might also be an effective vehicle for an oral vaccine that can provide immunity to anthrax exposure. The ...More
    February 16, 2009 Posted in News