• Reconstructed 1918 Influenza Virus Induces Immune Response that Fails to Protect
    An analysis of mice infected with the reconstructed 1918 influenza virus has revealed that although the infection triggered a very strong immune system response, the response failed to protect the animals from severe lung disease and death. The study which was published by ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Solved: The Mystery of Flesh-Eating Bacteria
    A Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) international research scholar in Israel has discovered one reason why so-called “flesh-eating” bacteria are so hard to stop. Emanuel Hanski, a microbiologist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and colleagues have found that the ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • An Infectious Agent of Deception, Exposed Through Proteomics
    Salmonella bacteria, infamous for food poisoning that kills hundreds of thousands worldwide, infect by stealth. They slip unnoticed into and multiply inside macrophages, the very immune system cells the body relies on to seek and destroy invading microbes. Just how ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • ASHES Award Winners Announced at Conference
    The American Society for Healthhcare Environmental Services (ASHES) announces that Robert Hodnik has been named the winner of the 2006 Phoenix Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact through outstanding contributions to the growth and ...More
    September 28, 2006 Posted in News
  • Avian Flu Concerns Outpace Preparedness According to Workplace Survey from Kimberly-Clark Professional
    ROSWELL, Ga. -- As the cold and flu season approaches and as concerns about avian flu rise, workplace preparedness is lagging behind, according to a survey from Kimberly-Clark Professional. Seventy percent of respondents said they believed avian flu was likely to hit North ...More
    September 26, 2006 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • H9N2 Avian Flu Vaccine Paired with Adjuvant Provokes Strong Human Immune Response at Low Doses
    When combined with an immune-boosting substance called an adjuvant, low doses of an experimental vaccine against a strain of avian influenza (H9N2) provoked a strong antibody response in human volunteers, report scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researcher is on a Quest for a Chlamydia Vaccine
    Chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. Its symptoms often are mild or absent, but it can cause serious complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. University of Alabama at Birmingham ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • 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