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  • Redefining What it Means to be a Prion
    Whitehead Institute researchers have quintupled the number of identifiable prion proteins in yeast and have further clarified the role prions play in the inheritance of both beneficial and detrimental traits.“The big debate in the field is are the prions functional ...More
    April 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Greater Benefits of Pneumococcal Vaccines that 'Cover' More Strains
    The current vaccine against pneumococcal bacteria is effective, but vaccines that "cover" additional strains could further reduce pneumococcal infections in infants and toddlers, according to an Israeli study in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ...More
    April 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Spacers Fill the Gap for People with Infected Hip Replacements
    Newly developed antibiotic spacers successfully eradicated infection in more than 90 percent of patients with total knee and hip replacements, and allowed them to be successfully re-implanted, according to a study published in the online edition of the Journal of ...More
    April 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Sink Splashing Contributes to P. aeruginosa Outbreak
    I just received the Premier Safety Institute’s SafetyShare e-newsletter containing an intriguing item about a study demonstrating the link between poor placement of handwashing sinks and an outbreak of P. aeruginosa. The item reads as follows: “A recent study ...More
    April 2, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • New Evidence Explains Poor Infant Immune Response to Certain Vaccines
    For years, researchers and physicians have known that infants' immune systems do not respond well to certain vaccines, thus the need for additional boosters as children develop. Now, in a new study from the University of Missouri, one researcher has found an explanation for ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Recalls Certain Pistachio Products for Salmonella
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Doctors Identify Patients at High Risk of C. difficile
    Doctors have developed and validated a clinical prediction rule for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection that was simple, reliable and accurate, and can be used to identify high-risk patients most likely to benefit from measures to prevent recurrence. ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune System's Role in Hepatitis C Recurrence After Liver Transplantation
    A new study pinpoints certain aspects of the immune system that may play a role in the recurrence and progression of hepatitis C virus (HCV) after liver transplantation. The study is in the April issue of the journal Liver Transplantation.HCV, which can lead to cirrhosis ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Studies Examine Elimination of Hepatitis B and C
    Two new studies in the April issue of Hepatology explore the ways that hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be cleared from patients’ bodies. Both HBV and HCV are global health problems. They can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer and they cause ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Test Oral Bacteria and Heart Attack Link
    Several studies have suggested there is a connection between organisms that cause gum disease, known scientifically as periodontal disease, and the development of heart disease, but few studies have tested this theory.A study conducted at the University at Buffalo, where ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News