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  • Novel Vaccine Offers Hope in Fight Against HIV
    A research team may have broken the stubborn impasse that has frustrated the invention of an effective HIV vaccine, by using an approach that bypasses the usual path followed by vaccine developers. By using gene transfer technology that produces molecules that block ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Director Appointment Pleases Physicians and Scientists
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy say they applaud President Obama for his appointment of Thomas Frieden, MD, as director of the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    May 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Gram-Negative Rods in Neonatal ICUs
    Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found a high frequency of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative rods (GNRs) in two of the largest neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the city of Manila, Philippines. Improved infection control methods could ...More
    May 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu was Lab-Derived?
    Medscape.com is reporting today that the World Health Organization (WHO) is denying claims made by an prominent virologist that the H1N1 strain implicated in the current global outbreak was laboratory-derived. To read more from Medscape.com, CLICK HERE. ...More
    May 14, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Chronic Infection Now Clearly Tied to Immune System Protein
    The reason deadly infections like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C never go away is because these viruses disarm the body’s defense system. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have discovered that a key immunity protein must ...More
    May 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Pandemic Precautions for Frontline Workers
    If the H1N1 pandemic flu follows the pattern of the 1918 Great Pandemic it could come back with more vigor in a second wave next fall. In 1918, three separate recurrences of influenza followed each other with unusual rapidity, resulting in three pandemic waves within a ...More
    May 14, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Immune Exhaustion Driven by Antigen in Chronic Viral Infection
    A main reason why viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C persist despite a vigorous initial immune response is exhaustion. The T cells, or white blood cells, fighting a chronic infection eventually wear out. Researchers at Emory Vaccine Center have demonstrated that exhaustion ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune Response to Influenza Predicted by Mathematical Model
    Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a mathematical model to predict immune responses to infection with influenza A viruses, including novel viruses such as the emergent 2009 influenza A (H1N1). This model examines the contributions of specific sets of ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Breakthrough in the Treatment of Bacterial Meningitis
    It can take just hours after the symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis. Now, after years of research, experts at The University of Nottingham have finally discovered how the deadly meningococcal bacteria is able to break through the body’s ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Pandemic Planning Needed to Ensure Adequate Care for Pregnant Women and Newborns
    Pregnant women and newborns are at greatest risk in a flu epidemic, but more planning must be done to ensure that they receive priority treatment should an outbreak occur, according to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and University of Pittsburgh study. The ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News