• Protocol Used to Treat First Known Survivor of Rabies Without Vaccination
    The protocol used to treat the first known survivor of rabies without prior vaccination was published in the June 16, 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It is hoped that this approach can be replicated, tested, and provide a guide for treating this fatal ...More
    June 16, 2005 Posted in News
  • Gastric Bug Linked to Irregular Heart Rhythm
    A common stomach bug may also be linked to the development of irregular heart rhythm, also known as atrial fibrillation, suggests a small study in the journal Heart. The bug in question, Helicobacter pylori, causes ulcers, and has also been implicated in the development of ...More
    June 16, 2005 Posted in News
  • Mix-up Involving Hydraulic Fluid-Washed Instruments Still Raising Concerns
    Even as infection control practitioners, risk managers and surgeons wonder about the implications of the use of surgical instruments cleaned by mistake with elevator hydraulic fluid, a story released by the Associated Press (AP) on June 13 is fanning the flames of ...More
    June 14, 2005 Posted in News
  • Cranberries Fight Ulcer-Causing Bacteria and Guard Against Stomach Cancer
    EAST WAREHAM, Mass. -- In the first human study of its kind, researchers demonstrated that drinking approximately two cups of cranberry juice per day may destroy the bacteria responsible for certain types of ulcers. And, since these ulcers are a leading precursor to stomach ...More
    June 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • Global Strategy Needed to Combat “Feminization” of HIV/AIDS
    A Johns Hopkins physician and scientist who has spent a quarter-century leading major efforts to combat HIV and AIDS worldwide has issued an urgent call for global strategies and resources to confront the rapid “feminization” of the AIDS pandemic. In an article appearing in ...More
    June 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • New Report Describes Details of Four Transplant Recipients Who Contracted Rabies From Donor
    A new report describes details of the clinical, radiological and pathological findings of four patients who received organs or tissue from a single donor, contracted rabies from the transplant and subsequently died, according to a study in the June issue of Archives of ...More
    June 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • Quickly Matching the Drug with the Bug Saves Lives
    University of Florida researchers are resurrecting an old technology to more quickly and accurately identify potentially deadly bacterial infections in hospital patients. Speed in identifying these bugs is crucial because bacteria such as E. coli can enter a patient's ...More
    June 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Urges Adoption of “Systems Approach” to Prevent Adverse Events
    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) told Congressional leaders that American healthcare facilities must embrace a “systems approach” to preventing adverse events that keeps the inevitable errors that caregivers ...More
    June 10, 2005 Posted in News
  • “Ancestral” Hepatitis-C Virus at Root of Evolution in Acute, Chronic Infections
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins have uncovered how a majority of the genetic changes in the hepatic-C virus, the most common cause of liver disease, allow it to evade the body’s immune system during infection. Hepatitis C infection can lead to cirrhosis, cancer and even death. ...More
    June 10, 2005 Posted in News
  • Nanotech Method Detects Respiratory Virus
    In what may be one of the first medical uses of nanotechnology, a chemist and a doctor who specializes in infectious childhood diseases have joined forces to create an early detection method for a respiratory virus that is the most common cause of hospitalization among ...More
    June 10, 2005 Posted in News