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  • NIH Launches H1N1 Flu Vaccine Trials in HIV-infected Pregnant Women, Persons with Asthma
    The first clinical trials to test whether the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine can safely elicit a protective immune response in pregnant women launched yesterday, and a trial to conduct the same test in HIV-infected children and youth will begin next week. The International ...More
    October 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Retroviral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Scientists have discovered a potential retroviral link to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a debilitating disease that affects millions of people in the United States. Researchers from the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI), located at the University of Nevada, Reno, the ...More
    October 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Awaiting the Mutation of H1N1
    Infectious disease experts are awaiting the mutation of the novel H1N1 influenza virus. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are constantly monitoring the virus as it spreads,” says John Tudor, PhD, a microbiologist ...More
    October 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Creighton Recognized for Vaccination Mandate
    Creighton University is among the first eight institutions nationally to be recognized for “stellar” examples of vaccination mandates in a healthcare setting.The Honor Roll for Patient Safety list was posted online this week by the Immunization Action Coalition, ...More
    October 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • So You Think You're Having A Bad Day?
    This just came across my desk....In a hospital's Intensive Care Unit, patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 AM, regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the super ...More
    October 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Identify Key Behavior of Immune Response to Listeria
    A team of University of British Columbia (UBC) microbiologists has identified a key defense mechanism used by the immune system against Listeria with strong implications for the future development of vaccines.Listeria is the bacteria that causes listeriosis, a foodborne ...More
    October 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Addresses Hand Hygiene and Contamination of Keyboards
    A new study to be published in BMC Infectious Diseases examines the issue of hand hygiene and the bacterial contamination of computer keyboards and mice. Lu et al. conducted their study in a 1,600-bed medical center of southern Taiwan with 47 wards and 282 computers. With ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Aspirin Misuse May Have Made 1918 Flu Pandemic Worse
    The devastation of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic is well known, but a new article suggests a surprising factor in the high death toll: the misuse of aspirin. Appearing in the Nov. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online now, the article sounds a ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public Tells Healthcare Workers: Get Your H1N1 Flu Vaccine
    As H1N1 influenza vaccine begins to be shipped across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize getting the first doses to high-priority groups. One such group is healthcare workers. A report released today by the C.S. Mott ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Just 40 Percent of Adults Certain They Will Get H1N1 Vaccine
    In a new survey, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that just 40 percent of adults are "absolutely certain" they will get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves, and 51 percent of parents are "absolutely certain" that they will get the vaccine for their ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News