• HHS and Institut Pasteur Partner on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
    PARIS -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Institut Pasteur (IP) today agreed to carry out joint activities, beginning in southeast Asia, to strengthen global capacity to detect influenza viruses that could have the potential to trigger a human ...More
    February 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • The Long Research Road to a New Vaccine
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the licensing of a new vaccine against a disease responsible for tens of thousands of hospitalizations in the United States and hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world each year. The vaccine, developed by Merck ...More
    February 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • Rapid Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections with Novel Biosensor Technology
    For the millions of people who suffer from urinary tract infections each year and the doctors who treat them, a promising new biosensor technology has been developed that may replace antiquated testing methods and save precious health care dollars. In a recent clinical ...More
    February 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • Evidence Supports Call Not to Use Certain Type of Anti-viral Drugs for Flu
    Recent, additional data show that the prevalence of adamantane-resistant influenza A viruses is high across the United States, according to a new study published online today by JAMA because of its public health importance. The study will be published in the Feb. 22 print ...More
    February 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • Ironing Out New Details of Tuberculosis Infection
    Scientists in India, led by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) international research scholar, have identified five key genes that enable Mycobacterium tuberculosis to acquire the iron it needs to sustain growth and promote infection. “Targeting genes within this ...More
    February 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Teams Join Network to Model Pandemic Flu, Other Infectious Outbreaks
    Four new scientific teams joined an international research network developing computer-based simulations of pandemic flu and other infectious disease outbreaks, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a component of the National Institutes of Health, ...More
    February 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Soaring UK Rates of Chlamydia Infection Partly Caused by More Sensitive Tests
    More sensitive testing methods might account for some of the sharp increase in reported Chlamydia trachomatis infections, suggests research in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the developed world, ...More
    February 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Text Messaging Speeds Up Treatment for Chlamydia Infection
    Text messaging the results of a Chlamydia test speeds up treatment for the infection and cuts down on staff time, suggests a six-month study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. The sexual health clinic at London’s Chelsea and WestminsterHospital tried out a text ...More
    February 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Course on AIDS Explores 'The Perfect Ecology' of a Killer
    Rick Keller, an assistant professor of medical history, explains the public health context in which HIV/AIDS was first reported by the Centers for Disease Control 25 years ago. Keller is team-teaching an interdisciplinary course on the global AIDS pandemic with Maria ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Biologists Build Better Software, Beat Path to Viral Knowledge
    Pictured are images of Epsilon 15, a virus that infects the bacterium Salmonella. From the left-side cross section of the viral particle's interior, obtained with an advanced magnifier called a cryo-electron microscope, a team including Purdue structural biologist Wen Jiang ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in News