• Figuring Out Function from Bacteria's Bewildering Forms
    Stalks increase the rate of nutrient uptake by efficiently increasing cell surface area. The finding has potential implications for both ecology and drug production. Photo by Yves Brun, Indiana Univesity. The constellation of shapes and sizes among bacteria is as remarkable ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • Anti-Retroviral Therapies Associated With Reduced Infections in HIV-Infected Children
    Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapies, there has been a substantial reduction of opportunistic infections and other infections in HIV-infected children, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis, according to a study in the July 19 issue of JAMA. The ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • Host Protein Triggers Infection by Smallpox-Related Viruses
    Steve Broyles is part of a research effort that may help prevent terrorists from using smallpox and similar illnesses as biological weapons. Broyles, shown in his lab, is a professor of biochemistry at Purdue University. Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • HIV Treatment “Holidays” Do More Harm Than Good
    A new analysis of existing research offers confirmation that taking a break from AIDS drugs is a bad idea for HIV patients with uncontrolled cases of the disease. AIDS drug treatment interruptions — or “holidays” — have been topic of much debate in the HIV treatment ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Review of Studies Says Tamiflu-Type Drugs Do Not Prevent Spread of Seasonal Flu
    A class of drugs commonly used to treat typical influenza symptoms such as fever, headache and cough do not prevent people from becoming infected with the flu virus, a new review shows, although the use of these neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs) to check the spread of flu has ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • Cleaning Water at the Household, Not the Source, is the Best Diarrhea Prevention
    Clean water can prevent diarrhea and save lives, but, among the world’s most susceptible populations, it is cleaned best at its point of use rather than its source, researchers report in a large new review of studies. “While interventions to improve the microbial quality of ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Only Modest Benefit of Flu Shots Among Older Adults
    Although national and international health organizations urge anyone over age 65 to get yearly flu shots, the vaccinations are only modestly effective in preventing flu and its complications among older adults, according to a new review of recent studies. Similarly, there ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • Study Demonstrates School Flu Immunization Reduced Student Absences
    Results from a new study found that free, on-site, mass flu immunization had a positive impact on school attendance. With the help of school nurses, more students may be able to avoid getting sick in the next flu season. The study is published in the latest issue of the ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • Meningitis Vaccine May Help Protect Small Children
    A new systematic review suggests that a certain kind of vaccine may help to protect babies and small children from a devastating killer: meningococcal meningitis. However, this particular vaccine is not approved for use in the United States, and while it may boost immunity, ...More
    July 19, 2006 Posted in News
  • AHRMM Advocates Supply Chain Standards
    CHICAGO -- The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) board of directors recently declared its support of the use of supply chain standards in all transactions between trading partners. Specifically recommended was the Global Location Number ...More
    July 18, 2006 Posted in News