• ASHES Conference Begins; National Experts Speak and Organizational Milestones Celebrated
    CHICAGO -- The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) 2004 Conference and Technical Exhibition kicked off this past weekend in Orlando, Fla.  During the opening ceremony, ASHES president Thomas "Tony" Fitzgerald, CHESP, chief of ...More
    September 20, 2004 Posted in News
  • Strep Bacteria Uses a “Sword and Shield” to Win Battle Against Immune System
    A single gene called cylE within the important bacterial pathogen Group B Streptococcus (GBS), controls two factors that act together as a “sword” and “shield” to protect the bacteria from the killing effects of the immune system’s white blood cells, according to ...More
    September 20, 2004 Posted in News
  • A Bacterial Cause of Crohn’s Disease?
    A study in this week’s issue of The Lancet suggests that Crohn’s disease may be caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), the same bacterium that causes a similar intestinal disorder (known as Paratuberculosis or Johne’s disease) in cattle, sheep, and ...More
    September 20, 2004 Posted in News
  • Strep A is Showing Up in Increasing Number of Pediatric Head and Neck Abscesses
    Strep A is showing up in increased numbers of head and neck abscesses in one of the nation’s leading pediatric treatment centers. Researchers believe the higher incidence of this potentially dangerous infection mirrors a trend found in other hospitals, reflecting the ...More
    September 20, 2004 Posted in News
  • New Gel Pill Could Mean an End to Injections
    Scientists in India have developed a new gel that is taken orally and is capable of delivering drugs to manage diseases often requiring an injection. The research, published in the journal Polymer International, suggests the gel could offer a painless way of treating ...More
    September 20, 2004 Posted in News
  • CVS/Pharmacy to Hold Flu Clinics in 3,000-Plus Stores
    WOONSOCKET, R.I. -- CVS/pharmacy will offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations in more than 3,000 of its locations, including many of the Eckerd drug stores it acquired in Texas, Florida and other southern states.  The clinics will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and last ...More
    September 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Aeras Receives CDC Funding to Develop TB Vaccine Trial Sites in India
    BETHESDA, Md. -- Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation today announced a $925,000 cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct epidemiologic studies in preparation for clinical trials of new tuberculosis (TB) vaccines in India. The ...More
    September 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Massachusetts Reports Third Human Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis
    BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) today reported eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a male Middleboro resident who is in his 20s. The EEE virus (EEEV) infection was established by tests completed at the State Laboratory Institute on Sept. 16, ...More
    September 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Illinois Department of Health Issues Advisory on Tainted Ground Beef
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health today issued a consumer advisory for ground beef purchased at B & G Foods of Galesburg between August 10 and 16, 2004 after the product was implicated in reports of bacterial illness in Illinois and visitors ...More
    September 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Indiana State Health Officials Warn That Pertussis is on the Rise
    INDIANAPOLIS -- State health officials report an increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Indiana and urge parents to get their children immunized. So far in 2004, there have been 81 confirmed cases of pertussis in Indiana, compared to 44 at this time in 2003. ...More
    September 17, 2004 Posted in News