• “Ancestral” Hepatitis-C Virus at Root of Evolution in Acute, Chronic Infections
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins have uncovered how a majority of the genetic changes in the hepatic-C virus, the most common cause of liver disease, allow it to evade the body’s immune system during infection. Hepatitis C infection can lead to cirrhosis, cancer and even death. ...More
    June 10, 2005 Posted in News
  • Nanotech Method Detects Respiratory Virus
    In what may be one of the first medical uses of nanotechnology, a chemist and a doctor who specializes in infectious childhood diseases have joined forces to create an early detection method for a respiratory virus that is the most common cause of hospitalization among ...More
    June 10, 2005 Posted in News
  • UIC Developing Drug for SARS
    A prototype drug created by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) shows promise in slowing replication of the virus responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Currently, there are no effective antiviral agents or vaccines for SARS, ...More
    June 9, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Chronicling the Prevention of Healthcare-acquired Legionnaires’ Disease
    NEW YORK -- The American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) announces publication of a sentinel article on a proactive approach to the prevention of healthcare-acquired Legionnaires’ disease. This publication comes at a time of great relevance to U.S. hospitals, ...More
    June 8, 2005 Posted in News
  • Home Test Kits Highly Effective Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have evidence that more than one-third of young women are willing and able to use a free, easily available home test kit to privately and accurately learn if they are infected with Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common sexually ...More
    June 8, 2005 Posted in News
  • Antiviral Therapy Following Dental Treatment May Inhibit Herpesviruses
    Treatment with an antiviral drug following dental work may decrease levels of herpesviruses in saliva say researchers from Kentucky.  Their findings appeared in the May 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.  With more than 95 percent of the adult ...More
    June 7, 2005 Posted in News
  • President Bush Should Remove Mercury From Vaccines, Say Parent Advocacy Groups
    VIENNA, Va. -- Two national parent organizations are calling on President Bush to issue an Executive Order to compel drug companies to remove mercury preservatives from vaccines in order to protect developing fetuses, infants and children from potential immune and brain ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Risk Factors for Tuberculosis and Homelessness Often Overlap in U.S.
    Risk factors for tuberculosis in the United States overlap with many of the risk factors associated with persistent homelessness, including being male or having a history of incarceration or substance abuse, according to a report in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • New Ebola, Marburg Vaccines Effective in Animal Models
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba and FREDERICK, Md. -- Scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) -- with assistance from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) -- have developed vaccines against the Ebola and Marburg viruses that have ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • AMA Primer Aims to Help Physicians Improve Immunization Rates
    CHICAGO ­ The American Medical Association (AMA) today released a new primer to help physicians improve immunization rates, particularly in minority populations.  The primer, “Roadmaps for Clinical Practice, Improving Immunization: Addressing Racial and Ethnic ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News