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  • A Better Flu Vaccine: Add Second Strain of Influenza B
    Vaccines likely would work better in protecting children from flu if they included both strains of influenza B instead of just one, Saint Louis University research has found.“Adding a second influenza B virus strain to the seasonal influenza vaccine would take some of ...More
    April 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Cryptococcus Loves to Feast on Your Brain Sugar
    Highly dangerous Cryptococcus fungi love sugar and will consume it anywhere because it helps them reproduce. In particular, they thrive on a sugar called inositol which is abundant in the human brain and spinal cord.To borrow inositol from a person's brain, the fungi have ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • HAI Drug Market Will Decrease Modestly by 2018
    Decision Resources, a leading research and advisory firm for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, through 2018, the crowded hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) drug market will be constrained by aggressive generic erosion of key brands, intensified competition ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • CareFusion to Acquire Medegen for $225 Million
    Global medical device company CareFusion Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire Medegen, an innovator in clinically differentiated needleless access valves and administration sets that deliver intravenous (IV) medication to patients, for $225 million in cash."Medegen ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • UK Nurses Lack Access to Infection Control Training
    Almost one-third of UK nursing staff have been unable to access mandatory training in key areas such as infection control, a new Royal College of Nursing survey shows. The findings raise potentially serious concerns about patient safety and are an early warning sign that ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Flu Expert: Southeast Should Be on Guard Because of Continued H1N1 Flu Spread This Spring
    The continued spread of H1N1 influenza virus this spring is cause to pay heed to upper-respiratory maladies such as congestion, runny nose and cough, says David Kimberlin, MD, an influenza specialist who co-directs the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify How a Novel Class of Antibodies Inhibits HIV Infection
    Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified a set of naturally occurring antibodies that can block one of the key ways the AIDS virus gains entry into certain blood cells. They say the discovery, published online in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Reform Law Poised to Make Healthcare Safer, Consumers Union Says
    While most of the attention surrounding the landmark healthcare reform measure just signed into law has focused on how it expands access to affordable insurance coverage, it also enacts important initiatives that will improve patient safety, according to Consumers Union, ...More
    April 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • National Public Health Week is April 5-11
    U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (N.M) and U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.) introduced resolutions recognizing National Public Health Week and the importance of public health in preventing disease and promoting good health. National Public Health Week, sponsored by the American ...More
    April 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Reports on HCW Flu Vaccination
    The CDC, in its April 2, 2010 issue of MMWR, updates us on the uptake by healthcare providers of the influenza vaccine. The CDC reports, “Since 1989, overall influenza vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel (HCP) has never exceeded 49 percent in any ...More
    April 2, 2010 Posted in Blogs