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  • Herpesvirus: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?
    Dr. Marcia Blackman and her research team at the Trudeau Institute have followed up on an intriguing report(1) published in the journal Nature in May 2007 by Dr. Herbert Virgin, et al., showing that mice persistently infected with certain forms of herpesvirus, which can ...More
    February 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibacterial Plaster Could Put a Clean Sheen on Walls
    Scientists report development of a novel plaster with excellent sterilizing abilities and properties similar to traditional gypsum plaster.  Image courtesy of the American Chemical Society    Scientists in China are reporting development and testing of ...More
    February 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Early Switch From IV to Oral Meds Effective for Children with Acute Bone Infection
    When treating hospitalized children with acute osteomyelitis -- a bacterial bone infection -- an early changeover from intravenous (IV) antibiotic delivery to oral antibiotics is just as effective as continuing the IV therapy, according to pediatric researchers. In ...More
    February 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Using PDAs to Track TB Data
    For patients who have drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis, it's critical to monitor the disease as closely as possible. That means monthly testing throughout a two-year course of powerful antibiotics, with injections six days a week for the first six months.Keeping track ...More
    February 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • EPA Announces “Internal Pilot” for Green Disinfectant Claims
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces it will conduct an “internal pilot” in conjunction with the agency’s Design for the Environment Formulator Program (DfE) to further explore a policy change that allows claims of environmental ...More
    February 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify Potential Key to Lyme Disease
    Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a protein that may help give Lyme disease its bite. The findings suggest that the bacterial protein, which aids in transporting the metal manganese, is essential for the bacterium that causes Lyme disease to ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • IL-2 Immunotherapy Fails to Benefit HIV-infected Individuals Already Taking Antiretrovirals
    Providing a synthetic form of the immune system protein interleukin-2 (IL-2) to HIV-infected individuals already taking combination antiretroviral therapy boosts their numbers of CD4+ T cells, the key white blood cells destroyed by HIV, but fails to reduce their risk of ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Damage Includes Fluid Build-up in the Lungs
    By Emily CaldwellIn a fight against respiratory infections, the body typically produces a little fluid to help the lungs generate a productive cough. But new research suggests that the influenza virus can tip the balance toward too much fluid in the lungs, interfering with ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Prevention and the Stimulus Bill
    Update on Feb. 11: APIC says that infection preventionists have sent nearly 1,400 messages to representatives in 49 states plus Washington, D.C. urging them to preserve public health funding related to healthcare-associated infections in the House version of the bill (the ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Eradicating Fungi in the Immunocompromised
    Even the most drug-resistant fungi can be eradicated in multiple in vitro and in vivo models using a lethal combination of an antifungal agent and inhibition of the heat shock protein Hsp90, according to a new study by Whitehead Institute and University of Toronto ...More
    February 9, 2009 Posted in News