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  • Study Suggests TB Screening Needs to be Targeted for Maximum Public Health Benefit
    New estimates of the likelihood that a latent case of tuberculosis (TB) will become active have resulted in a roughly 50 percent increase over previous estimates of the number of people needed to be screened (NNS) to prevent an active infection, limiting the cost ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacteria With a Built-In Thermometer
    Researchers in the Molecular Infection Biology group at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig and the Braunschweig Technical University could now demonstrate for the first time that bacteria of the Yersinia genus possess a unique protein ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • What Happened to the TB Vaccine?
    A team of VanderbiltUniversityMedicalCenter investigators has cracked one of clinical medicine's enduring mysteries – what happened to the tuberculosis vaccine. The once-effective vaccine no longer prevents the bacterial lung infection that kills more than 1.7 million ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • HAI-Related Litigation
    Has your hospital been sued by a patient with a healthcare-acquired infection? I just read about a patient’s claim against a Florida hospital that was dismissed and that got me thinking about the perils of these litigious times. What do you think increasing ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • A New Way to Treat the Flu
    Dr. Robert Linhardt's new compound (green spheres) blocks both the N (pink spikes) and H (blue spikes) portion of the flu virus. What happens if the next big influenza virus mutation proves resistant to the available antiviral drugs? This question is presenting itself right ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • International Team Tracks Clues to HIV Halt
    Rice University's Andrew Barron and his group, working with labs in Italy, Germany and Greece, have identified specific molecules that could block the means by which the deadly virus spreads by taking away its ability to bind with other proteins. Using computer simulations, ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Anti-infectives in Water a Growing Concern
    Anti-infectives have become environmental contaminants of growing concern, as they are transported from landfills, agriculture and urban centers into waterways and drinking water, according to a review article published in the May 2009 issue of the journal Environmental ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • WHO Influenza A(H1N1) Update for May 19
    As of  May 19, 40 countries have officially reported 9,830 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 74 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For a breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country, CLICK HERE. ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Salmonella's Sweet Tooth Predicts its Downfall
    For the first time, UK scientists have shown what the food poisoning bug Salmonella feeds on to survive as it causes infection: glucose. Their discovery of Salmonella's weakness for sugar could provide a new way to vaccinate against it. The discovery could also lead to ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pandemic Passenger Screening
    Four major U.S. national laboratories have worked together to develop a computer model to help airport authorities screen passengers for pandemic influenza. The tool can help estimate false negatives, people with influenza who slip through the screening process, and so ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News