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  • Do You Know Where Your Handbag Has Been?
    I wanted to give a shout-out to our Musing About Microbes blogger, Nancy Haberstich, who just presented the readers of our GermStop blog, One Mother to Another, with a very interesting tidbit about the contamination of handbags. I’m one of those gals who is careful ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Measurements Fail to Identify TB Patients Who Could Benefit from Shorter Treatment Course
    Tuberculosis (TB) is a difficult infection to treat and requires six months of multiple antibiotics to cure it. To combat the TB pandemic, a shorter and simpler drug treatment would be a huge advance since most TB occurs in resource-limited settings with poor public health ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Risk of TB from Arthritis Medication Examined
    Treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents is recognized as a risk factor for tuberculosis (TB) in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Most ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Provides Greater Understanding of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria
    Lyme disease in the U.S. is caused by the tickborne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints. About 60 percent of untreated individuals develop arthritis, ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Lyme Disease Legislation is Introduced
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Children and Families, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), have introduced the Lyme and Tick-Borne ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Lab-on-a-Chip Measures Mechanics of Bacteria Colonies
    Researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a microscale tool to help them understand the mechanical behavior of biofilms, slimy colonies of bacteria involved in most human infectious diseases.Most bacteria in nature take the form of biofilms. Bacteria are ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • SHEA Issues Statement on HHS’ Effort to Reduce HAIs
    The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued the following statement:The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America is pleased to be actively involved  with the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to develop an action plan ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Tackle Viral Mysteries
    Scientists know that some cancers are triggered by viruses, which take over cellular systems and cause uncontrolled cell growth. Doctors – and patients who get shingles late in life – have also known for many years that some viruses, particularly the herpes ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • First Wave of Swine Flu Requires New Public Health Strategy
    There is no way to know how the newest strain of the H1N1 influenza virus will behave in the future. But scientists, notably those working at the intersections of epidemiology, mathematics, modeling and statistics, are monitoring it closely to identify anomalies on its ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Solve Mystery About Why HIV Patients are More Susceptible to TB Infection
    A team of Harvard scientists has taken an important first step toward the development of new treatments to help people with HIV battle Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) infection. In their report, appearing in the July 2009 print issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology they ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News