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  • Scientists Discover New Method for Bacterial Toxin Transfer
    Scientists have discovered a new way for bacteria to transfer toxic genes to unrelated bacterial species, a finding that raises the unsettling possibility that bacterial swapping of toxins and other disease-aiding factors may be more common than previously imagined. In a ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find New Bartonella Species That Infects Humans
    Researchers at North Carolina State University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have produced the first link between a species of bacteria most commonly found in sheep and human illness.Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt, professor of internal medicine at NC ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Study Says Failures to Follow Infection Practices Have Placed 60,000 Patients at Risk for Hepatitis B and C
    In the last decade, more than 60,000 patients in the United States were asked to get tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) because healthcare personnel in settings outside hospitals failed to follow basic infection control practices, according to a ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Issues Statement on Need for Increased Infection Prevention Measures in Ambulatory Care Settings
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has issued a statement from Kathy Warye, CEO of APIC, in conjunction with an article being published in the January issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine about outbreaks of hepatitis B ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • HHS Develops Plan to Fight HAIs
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today unveiled a five-year plan to help eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). According to the document, an HHS Steering Committee for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections has been tasked with ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • HHS Issues Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled a plan that establishes a set of five-year national prevention targets to reduce and possibly eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Healthcare-associated infections are infections that patients ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Understanding Extinct Microbes May Influence the State of Modern Human Health
    The study of ancient microbes may not seem consequential, but such pioneering research at the University of Oklahoma has implications for the state of modern human health. Cecil Lewis, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, says results of this research ...More
    January 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Isolate Genes that Made 1918 Flu Lethal
    By mixing and matching a contemporary flu virus with the “Spanish flu” — a virus that killed between 20 and 50 million people 90 years ago in history’s most devastating outbreak of infectious disease — researchers have identified a set of three ...More
    January 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibodies Take 'Evolutionary Leaps' to Fight Microbes
    A new report in the January 2009 issue of the FASEB Journal explains for the first time how humans keep up with microbes by rearranging the genes that make antibodies to foreign invaders. This research fills a significant gap in our understanding of how the immune system ...More
    January 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Free Antibiotics, Anyone?
    The Washington Post is reporting that Giant Food stores will give free generic antibiotics to customers with a prescription for the next three months – it’s all part of a battle to lure shoppers back into their stores in a sour economy. My gut reaction to this ...More
    January 2, 2009 Posted in Blogs