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  • Liver Transplant Recipients with Hepatitis B May Need Lifelong Antiviral Treatment
    Patients who undergo liver transplantation for hepatitis B-related liver damage should receive lifelong antiviral treatment to keep the disease from coming back. A new study shows that they lack cellular immunity against the disease, making recurrence likely if antiviral ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Discovery Gives TB Vaccine a Shot in the Arm
    A new article appearing in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology may lead to improvements in the efficacy of the current tuberculosis vaccine. Specifically, a team of Italian researchers discovered a new role for type I interferon, in which it improves ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Look to Marine Sponges to Beat Antibiotic Resistance
    No matter how sophisticated modern medicine becomes, common ailments like fungal infections can outrun the best of the world's antibiotics. In people with compromised immune systems (like premature babies, AIDS victims or those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer) the risk ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Experts Urge Supermarket Pharmacies to “Get Smart” About Free Antibiotics
    As influenza season shifts into high gear, with 24 states now reporting widespread activity, the nation’s infectious diseases experts are urging supermarket pharmacies with free-antibiotics promotions to educate their customers on when antibiotics are the right ...More
    February 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Feds Search for Person Responsible for Shipping Tainted Syringes
    Newsday.com is reporting today that federal authorities are looking for the person responsible for allowing tainted syringes to be shipped from a pharmaceutical product manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The bacteria-laden syringes caused bacterial infections in several ...More
    February 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Predict Risk from Mosquito-Borne Disease
    South DakotaStateUniversity scientists will use research on two continents to develop models for predicting where and when the risk from mosquito-borne diseases is greatest.The four-year project is funded by a grant of $1,079,300 from the National Institute of Allergy and ...More
    February 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Confidence in Food Safety Plunges in Wake of Peanut Butter Contamination
    Fewer than one in four consumers now believe the U.S. food supply is safer than it was a year ago, according to new data from the University of Minnesota's Food Industry Center.After January's national Salmonella outbreak, just 22.5 percent of consumers in the study said ...More
    February 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Report Breakthrough in HPV Research
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have developed a new, inexpensive and efficient method for producing and studying a type of human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer. The process could speed understanding of how the virus functions and ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacteria in Urinary Infections Steal Iron From Their Host
    Bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) make more tools for stealing from their host than friendly versions of the same bacteria found in the gut, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Washington have ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Do You Have a Successful Hand Hygiene Campaign?
    Tell us about your successful hand hygiene compliance campaigns for an upcoming issue of ICT. Please send a quick description of your educational efforts and how they paid off to kpyrek@vpico.com. We’ll share the best campaigns with readers in the June issue of ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in Blogs