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  • Scientists Uncover Secrets of Potential Bioterror Virus
    Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have discovered a key tactic that the Rift Valley fever virus uses to disarm the defenses of infected cells. The mosquito-borne African virus causes fever in humans, inflicting liver damage, blindness and ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • When Acute Hepatitis Develops Into Chronic Hepatitis
    Researchers at the Helmholtz Center in Braunschweig, Germany are demonstrating how the immune system reacts to a hepatitis B infection. To achieve this, Carlos A. Guzmán, head of the vaccinology and applied microbiology working group, and Robert Geffers, head of the ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Image Pinpoints All 5 Million Atoms in Viral Coat
    High-energy X-ray diffraction was used to pinpoint some 5 million atoms in the protective protein coat used by hundreds of viruses.     If a picture is worth a thousand words, then RiceUniversity's precise new image of a virus' protective coat is ...More
    February 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Good Bacteria Can be Vehicle for Oral Vaccine Against Anthrax
    Researchers at North CarolinaStateUniversity have discovered that the good bacteria found in dairy products and linked to positive health benefits in the human body might also be an effective vehicle for an oral vaccine that can provide immunity to anthrax exposure. The ...More
    February 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Guideline for Cumulative Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Data
    Susceptibility statistical data, consisting of the cumulative and ongoing summary of the patterns of antimicrobial susceptibility of clinically important microorganisms, are important to the practice of medicine. The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) ...More
    February 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cardinal Health Announces New Name for Spin-Off Company
    Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of healthcare, has selected a name for the medical technology company that will be formed through the proposed spin-off of its clinical and medical products businesses.The ...More
    February 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Principles of Infection Prevention and Control Seminar to be Held in New Jersey in March
    The Northern and Southern New Jersey chapters of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will host a “Principles of Infection Prevention and Control” seminar March 30 through April 3 at the Clarion Hotel in Princeton, N.J. ...More
    February 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Teleflex Medical and ResMed Corporation Sign NIV Mask Distribution Agreement
    Teleflex Medical, a leading global supplier of disposable medical products for critical care and surgical applications, announced today the signing of a distribution agreement with ResMed Corp. This agreement makes Teleflex Medical an exclusive distributor of the ResMed ...More
    February 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • A Question About Acinetobacter Outbreaks
    Victoria would like some advice from ICT readers. Here’s her situation: “I am an infection practitioner in a hospital in Riyadh. Three months ago we had an Acinetobacter baumanii outbreak in our surgical ICU; one strain came after the other at an interval of two ...More
    February 13, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Chronic Infection May Add to Deaths
    Worldwide, nearly 2 million people per year die from diarrhea, the vast majority of them in poor countries in Africa and Asia. The disease accounts for 18 percent of all deaths among children — and yet is almost always preventable with proper treatment. Now, new ...More
    February 12, 2009 Posted in News