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  • Instant Steam Tackles MRSA
    A method for making instant steam, without the need for electricity, promises to be useful for tackling antibiotic resistant superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile, as well as removing chewing gum from pavements and ...More
    August 3, 2007 Posted in News
  • Is West Nile Virus a Threat in Your Area This Year?
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Cases of West Nile virus have more than doubled over the same time last year, potentially signaling an epidemic in certain areas, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To date, 185 cases have been registered ...More
    August 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Zinc is No Silver Bullet for the Common Cold
    Dr. Jack M. Gwaltney, Jr., you’re breaking my heart. You just crushed all notions that my favorite zinc lozenges help stave off a cold. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I always placed a great deal of faith in zinc when I felt those first, faint symptoms of sickness. You know ...More
    August 2, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Zinc Lozenges an Ineffective Treatment for Colds
    Despite 20 years of research, the benefits of zinc lozenges as a therapy for the common cold have not been proven. A new study, published in the Sept. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, currently available online, reviews the 14 placebo-controlled studies from the ...More
    August 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Worldwide Distribution of Cervical Cancer Virus is Consistent with Vaccine Targets
    The variety of human papilloma viruses that cause invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide are largely consistent across continents, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This finding means that prophylactic vaccines currently ...More
    August 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Medical Residents Score Poorly in Diagnosing and Managing Tuberculosis
    When quizzed about their knowledge in diagnosing tuberculosis and deciding on the best treatment, medical residents in Baltimore and Philadelphia get almost half the answers wrong, according to a survey by TB disease experts at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere. In the survey, ...More
    August 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • CDC Urges Parents to Protect Preteens with Three Recommended Vaccines
    ATLANTA -- As children approach their teen years, parents often worry about how to protect them from new risks and potential dangers. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today launched a campaign to educate parents about one of the things they ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Federal Funding Awarded to Test Antimicrobial Properties of Copper Metals
    NEW YORK -- Congressionally appropriated funds to determine the antimicrobial effectiveness of copper, brass and bronze have been awarded to the Copper Development Association, announced CDA president Andrew G. Kireta Sr. One study will focus on the ability of copper metals ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Taming the Anthrax Threat
    Shown here is a Bacillus anthracis spore, the bacterium that causes anthrax, magnified 92,000 times. Photo: University of Michigan/Journal of Bacteriology In the American government’s biodefense efforts, the potential for terrorists to cause a deadly anthrax outbreak ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Deciding if New HPV and Herpes Zoster Vaccines are Right for Patients
    For more than 200 years, vaccines have played an important role in the prevention of infectious diseases. In the United States, measles, mumps and rubella are now rare diseases thanks to vaccines. Now, two vaccines recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News