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  • How Superbugs Control Their Lethal Weapons
    A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario, led by Joaquin  Madrenas of the Robarts Research Institute, has discovered some processes that reduce the lethal effects of toxins from superbugs, allowing humans and microbes to co-evolve. This discovery may ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Unlocking the Mystery of Potentially Fatal Reaction to Smallpox Vaccine
    Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have pinpointed the cellular defect that increases the likelihood, among eczema sufferers, of developing eczema vaccinatum, a severe and potentially fatal reaction to the smallpox vaccine. The research, ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Refusing Immunizations Puts Children at Increased Risk of Pertussis Infection
    Children of parents who refuse vaccines are 23 times more likely to get whooping cough compared to fully immunized children, according to a new study led by a vaccine research team at Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Institute for Health Research.The study will appear in the ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Arthritis Drug Might Prove Effective in Fighting the Flu
    Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that an approved drug for treating rheumatoid arthritis reduces severe illness and death in mice exposed to the influenza A virus. Their findings suggest that tempering the response of the body's immune ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • New 3-D Structural Model of Critical H1N1 Protein Developed
    In just two weeks from the time the first patient virus samples were made available, Singapore scientists report an evolutionary analysis of a critical protein produced by the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus strain.In the Biology Direct journal's May 20th issue, Sebastian ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB: Hiding in Plain Sight
    Current research suggests that Mycobacterium tuberculosis can evade the immune response. The paper by Rahman et al., "Compartmentalization of immune responses in human tuberculosis: few CD8+ effector T cells but elevated levels of FoxP3+ regulatory T cells in the ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Use of Acid-Suppressive Medications Associated With Increased Risk of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
    Hospitalized patients who receive acid-suppressive medications such as a proton-pump inhibitor have a 30 percent increased odds of developing pneumonia while in the hospital, according to a study in the May 27 issue of JAMA.With the introduction of proton-pump inhibitors, ...More
    May 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Memorial Day
    This Memorial Day I would like to not only take time to remember those that have served and died during a time of war, but also look back over time at the events that occurred on this date throughout history:1787 - Constitutional Convention opens at Philadelphia, George ...More
    May 25, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Reducing the Over-Prescribing of Antibiotics
    Improving communications skills and the use of a simple blood test could help cut the growing number of inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics, a joint Cardiff University trial has discovered. In a major new clinical trial, published in the British Medical Journal, a ...More
    May 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Preventing Ear Infections in the Future: Delivering Vaccine Through Skin
    An experimental vaccine applied the surface of the skin appears to protect against certain types of ear infections. Scientists from the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, report their findings today at the 109th general meeting of the ...More
    May 21, 2009 Posted in News