• Selenium Supplements May Contribute to Reduced HIV Viral Load
    Taking daily selenium supplements appears to increase the level of the essential mineral in the blood and may suppress the progression of viral load in patients with HIV infection, according to an article in the January 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Advances in ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Microwave Oven Can Sterilize Sponges, Scrub Pads
    By Aaron Hoover Microwave ovens may be good for more than just zapping the leftovers; they may also help protect your family. University of Florida (UF) engineering researchers have found that microwaving kitchen sponges and plastic scrubbers — known to be common carriers ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Billions of Dollars Saved in U.S. By Polio Vaccination
    A new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds that polio vaccination in the United States has resulted in a net savings of over $180 billion, even without including the large, intangible benefits associated with avoided fear and suffering. ...More
    January 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Global Goal to Reduce Measles Deaths in Children is Surpassed
    NEW YORK and GENEVA -- Measles deaths have fallen by 60 percent worldwide since 1999 -- a major public health success. This exceeds the United Nations goal to halve measles deaths between 1999 and 2005 and is largely due to an unprecedented decline in measles deaths in the ...More
    January 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • Health Department Offers Tips to Avoid Norovirus Infection
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis, or "stomach flu," continuing to be reported across the commonwealth and nation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding the general public about ways they can help to avoid norovirus infection -- a ...More
    January 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • Built-in Molecular Brakes Curb the Sniffles
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered how our anti-infection machinery turns itself down and limits the sniffles, congestion and fevers that are a side effect of the campaign against invading viruses. The discovery seems to solve part of the mystery of why the misery ...More
    January 18, 2007 Posted in News
  • Fresh Express to Provide $2 Million to Fund Study of E. coli 0157:H7 Pathogen in Produce
    SALINAS, Calif. -- Fresh Express, a leading producer of value-added salads in North America, today announced that it will provide up to $2 million to fund rigorous and multidisciplinary research to help the fresh-cut produce industry prevent contamination by the deadly ...More
    January 18, 2007 Posted in News
  • Bacteria in Staph Infections Can Cause Necrotizing Pneumonia
    Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston have discovered a toxin present in the bacteria responsible for the current nationwide outbreak of staph infections also has a role in an aggressive pneumonia that is ...More
    January 18, 2007 Posted in News
  • Informing Partners Can Help Cut Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Doctors should encourage patients with sexually transmitted infections to tell their partners to seek treatment and, in some cases, provide home testing kits or drugs to help reduce infection rates, says a new study published online by the British Medical Journal. Partner ...More
    January 18, 2007 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal a Virus’ Secret Weapon
    It takes more than just breaking and entering for a virus to successfully invade a cell. Getting to the cell’s center—where the host cell’s machinery will be co-opted to make more virus—requires navigating obstacles such as membranes and avoiding being recognized and kicked ...More
    January 18, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions