• NIAID Study Finds Higher Dose of Flu Vaccine Improves Immune Response in the Elderly
    There may be a simple way to provide elderly Americans with extra protection against the annual flu virus: give them a higher dose of seasonal flu vaccine. This idea is suggested by the results of a newly reported clinical trial supported by the National Institute of ...More
    May 29, 2006 Posted in News
  • Plague Agent Helps Researchers Find Novel Signaling System in Cells
    Dr. Kim Orth (right), assistant professor of molecular biology, led a research team that included Sohini Mukherjee (left), student research assistant in molecular biology, and Gladys Keitany, research assistant in molecular biology, in discovering a regulatory mechanism ...More
    May 29, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Research Produces Images of AIDS Virus That May Shape Vaccine
    Envelope spikes on surface of HIV-1 virus. Image courtesy of Kenneth Roux As the world marks the 25th year since the first diagnosed case of AIDS, groundbreaking research by scientists at Florida State University has produced remarkable three-dimensional images of the virus ...More
    May 29, 2006 Posted in News
  • The ABCs of Writing an Article
    If you attended the annual meeting of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) held May 22-25, 2006, you may have attended the presentation given by yours truly and my intrepid publisher, Bill Eikost. ...More
    May 26, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Largest U.S. Hepatitis C Trial Yields Treatment Insights
    Researchers who participated in the WIN-R trial, the largest hepatitis C study ever conducted in U.S. patients, reported key factors affecting treatment outcomes in five data presentations here at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) annual meeting, and provided important ...More
    May 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Say Health Benefits of Chlamydia Screening Programs “Might Have Been Overestimated”
    The benefits and cost effectiveness of Chlamydia screening programs “might have been overestimated,” suggest researchers in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. The international research team based their conclusions on long-term monitoring of almost 44,000 women ...More
    May 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • Deaths Prompt Call for Pet Rodent Suppliers to Screen for Virus
    A case involving seven transplant recipients killed by a rodent-borne virus that they apparently acquired from donated and infected human organs has prompted a recommendation that regulatory authorities require suppliers of pet rodents to screen their colonies for the ...More
    May 26, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover Burrowing Secrets of Ulcer Bacteria
    A researcher at the University of Virginia Health System and colleagues have uncovered the secret to the way that Helicobacter pylori infiltrate the stomach lining and cause ulcers. Paul S. Hoffman, PhD, in the UVa Division of Infectious Diseases, has discovered that these ...More
    May 22, 2006 Posted in News
  • The SARS Virus Yields Up Its Secrets
    The SARS coronavirus that sparked a global panic three years ago uses a key coat protein, called S2, to gain entry into human host cells. Now, a team of biochemists at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City has identified four important steps in ...More
    May 22, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • British Study Suggests New Human Genotype May be Prone to vCJD
    A small study in last week’s British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests a new human genotype may be prone to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Although this new evidence may rekindle fears of a larger epidemic, others warn that it is important to be cautious in ...More
    May 22, 2006 Posted in News