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  • Women Have More Powerful Immune Systems Than Men
    When it comes to immunity, men may not have been dealt an equal hand. The latest study by Dr. Maya Saleh, of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and McGillUniversity, shows that women have a more powerful immune system than men. In fact, the ...More
    May 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How Smallpox May Derail Human Immune System
    University of Florida (UF) researchers have learned more about how smallpox conducts its deadly business — discoveries that may reveal as much about the human immune system as they do about one of the world's most feared pathogens.In findings to be published this week ...More
    May 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Control of Resistant Bacteria in Outpatient Clinics
    While infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, are usually associated with inpatient settings, the potential for infection in ...More
    May 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu: Early Findings About Pandemic Potential Reported in New Study
    Researchers from the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modeling at Imperial College London, working in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and public health agencies in Mexico, have assessed the epidemic using data to the end of April. Their key ...More
    May 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Applauds Obama’s FY2010 Healthcare Budget
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) says it applauds the Obama Administration for proposing increases in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) FY2010 budget for public health programs.  “The ‘HHS 2010 ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • C. diff Intestinal Infection Rising Among U.S. Healthcare Inpatients
    The rate of a life-threatening bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions has been increasing among U.S. healthcare facility inpatients, according to a survey published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control and originally ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • CDC Expert to Present H1N1 Update at Annual APIC Meeting
    Michael Bell, MD, medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide conference attendees with important updates and further CDC guidance related to the H1N1 flu virus at the 36th annual educational conference and international meeting of ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Herpes Medication Does Not Reduce Risk of HIV Transmission
    A recently completed international multi-center clinical trial has found that acyclovir, a drug widely used as a safe and effective treatment to suppress herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), which is the most common cause of genital herpes, does not reduce the risk of HIV ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Play Role in Preventing Spread of Malaria
    Bacteria in the gut of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito inhibit infection of the insect with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Scientists with the ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify How Key Protein Keeps Chronic Infection in Check
    Why is the immune system able to fight off some viruses but not others, leading to chronic, life-threatening infections like HIV and hepatitis C? A new UCLA AIDS Institute study suggests the answer lies in a protein called interleukin-21 (IL-21), a powerful molecule ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News