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  • Immune Cells in Skin Fight Off Infection Better Than the Rest
    Scientists at the University of Melbourne have discovered the local action of immune cells in the skin, which could improve treatment of viral skin infections.This work identifies previously unrecognized first-line defense mechanisms that are particularly important in ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Has HIV Become More Virulent?
    Damage to patients’ immune systems is happening sooner now than it did at the beginning of the HIV epidemic, suggesting the virus has become more virulent, according to a new study in the May 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.Conventional wisdom says ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • April 7 is World Health Day
    World Health Day 2009 focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. Health centers and staff are critical lifelines for vulnerable people in disasters -- treating injuries, preventing illnesses and ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Ministers to Accelerate Efforts Against Drug-Resistant TB
    BEIJING -- Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.Global leaders, including WHO director-general Dr. ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • NJ Physician’s License Suspended for Possible Link to Hepatitis B Outbreak is reporting today that a New Jersey physician’s license has been suspended temporarily while health officials investigate the circumstances surrounding five patients testing positive for hepatitis B. To read the complete news item, CLICK ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows U.S. AIDS Relief Program Saved 1 Million Lives
    The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the ambitious U.S. government program begun in 2003, has cut the death toll from HIV/AIDS through 2007 by more than 10 percent in targeted countries in Africa, though it has had no appreciable effect on prevalence of the ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Seaweed Surface Chemicals Could be Source for Potential Antifungal Drugs
    A new analytical technique is helping scientists learn how organisms as simple as seaweed can mount complex chemical defenses to protect themselves from microbial threats such as fungus. Known as desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS), the technique ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Partner Behavior Better Predicts STD Risks
    Risky behaviors such as not using condoms or having sex with multiple people put young adults at risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but perhaps not as much as the characteristics of their sexual partners, University of Florida researchers say.The ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cheap Spring Cleaning to Get the Germs
    If you’ve been putting off spring cleaning because you don’t want to spend a fortune on supplies this year, a Saint Louis University germ expert says it’s time to stop procrastinating.You mostly need vinegar, bleach and soap – and not a bunch of ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Locking Parasites in Host Cell Could Be New Way to Fight Malaria
    Mammalian host cell devoid of calpain engorged with Toxoplasma parasites unable to exit.   Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that parasites hijack host-cell proteins to ensure their survival and proliferation, suggesting new ways to ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization