• Herpes Infects Cornea, Evades Immune Cells
    Herpes virus has an unusual strategy for infecting cornea cells that may also explain how it evades the immune system, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. The study appears in the Sept. 25 issue of the Journal of ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • Could an Infection Break Your Heart?
    A new grant to San Antonio's Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) will allow scientists to look for genetic factors that increase our susceptibility to some of this country’s most common chronic infections, and ultimately, how that susceptibility might be ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Protein Shows Promise in Treating Intestinal Parasites
    Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and YaleUniversity have discovered that a natural protein produced by Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium sprayed on crops by organic farmers to reduce insect damage, is highly effective at treating hookworm ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • Bird Flu Vaccine Additive May Stretch Supply
    Researchers have achieved an effective immune response to an avian influenza vaccine with doses as low as one-quarter of the norm when they added a chemical mixture known as MF59. The research is published in the November 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • USAID Announces $100 Million Award to Reduce Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Developing Nations
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $100 million award to the nonprofit research organization RTI International to reduce the impact of neglected tropical diseases in developing nations. The project, which will treat more ...More
    September 22, 2006 Posted in News
  • Inviro Medical Launches InviroSNAP! Safety Syringe in North American Market
    ATLANTA -- Healthcare workers in the United States and Canada now have access to enhanced infection control and protection from needlestick injuries as Inviro Medical today launches the InviroSNAP! Safety Syringe. Backed by years of research, this patented syringe is ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Search for Treatment of Slow-Healing Wounds
    Garth James (right) with MSU's Center for Biofilm Engineering and PhD student Pat Secor use an electrophoresis unit to examine DNA from chronic wounds. The center recently won $2.9 million to fund its chronic wound research. (MSU photo by Jay Thane.) The National Institutes ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Smokers May Be at Greater Risk of HIV Infection
    Smokers may be at greater risk of HIV infection than non-smokers, reveals an analysis of published research issued ahead of print in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Cigarette smoking has already been linked to a higher than normal chance of contracting other ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover a Secret of the Black Death
    Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, is a sneaky little intruder with a remarkable ability to evade the body’s immune system. Upon entering an organism, Y. pestis employs a variety of strategies to slip below the radar of the innate immune response—the body’s ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • E. coli Outbreak Spreads to Two More States; Another Distributor Recalls Spinach
    To date, 146 cases of illness due to E. coli infection have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 23 cases of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), 76 hospitalizations, and one death. Illnesses continue to be reported to CDC. This is ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in News