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  • Drive-Through Flu Shots
    Can a hospital administer 1,000 flu shots in just three hours? Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, Ariz. will find out on Oct. 27 when it asks residents to “roll down their car windows and roll up their sleeves for an emergency terrorism drill that will test the ...More
    October 22, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Immune Cells Fighting Chronic Infections Become Progressively ‘Exhausted,’ Ineffective
    A new study of immune cells battling a chronic viral infection shows that the cells, called T cells, become exhausted by the fight in specific ways, undergoing profound changes that make them progressively less effective over time. The findings also point to interventions ...More
    October 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • West Nile Virus' Spread Through Nerve Cells Linked to Serious Complication
    Scientists believe they have found an explanation for a puzzling and serious complication of West Nile virus infection. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Utah State University showed that West Nile virus can enter a nerve cell, ...More
    October 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Fears About Complications Shouldn't Drive Antibiotic Prescribing for Colds, Sore Throats and Ear Infections
    Antibiotics are not justified to reduce the risk of complications after upper respiratory tract infection, sore throat, or ear infection, finds a study published on today. But they do substantially cut the risk of pneumonia after chest infection, particularly in ...More
    October 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Zinc May Reduce Pneumonia Risk in Nursing Home Elderly
    When elderly nursing home residents contract pneumonia, it is a blow to their already fragile health. Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD, of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and colleagues report that maintaining normal serum zinc ...More
    October 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Epstein-Barr: a Virtual Look at a Vexing Virus
    Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, have created a computer program called Pathogen Simulation (PathSim) to study the progression of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in humans. David ...More
    October 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Emergency Physicians Urge Health Precautions to Fight Drug-Resistant Staph
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The spread of a potentially life-threatening antibiotic-resistant staph germ that is responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than the AIDS virus has prompted the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to launch an education ...More
    October 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • Report Finds Major Gaps Exist in U.S. Pediatric Pandemic Preparations
    WASHINGTON -- The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Trust for America's Health (TFAH) issued a new report today, Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children At-Risk, which finds that children and teens between the ages of 0-19 account for nearly 46 percent of all H5N1 ...More
    October 17, 2007 Posted in News
  • MRSA Screening Essential to Stop the Death Toll From Hospital Infections
    NEW YORK -- Today, Betsy McCaughey, PhD, chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) and a former lt. governor of New York, announces a model MRSA screening bill and is calling on state lawmakers to enact this life-saving measure. In New York state, the bill ...More
    October 17, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Model Predicts More Virulent Microbes
    Microbes and humans interact in myriad ways, sharing a long history. Many of the most successful microbes are those that inhabit but do not kill their host. Cheaters lose. Tuberculosis settles into the lungs. Helicobacter pylori, the microbe causing ulcers, burrows into the ...More
    October 17, 2007 Posted in News