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  • Immune System Protein Starves Staph Bacteria
    One of the ways we defend ourselves against bacterial foes is to “hide” their food, particularly the metals they crave. A multi-disciplinary team led by Vanderbilt University investigators has now discovered that a protein inside certain immune system cells blocks the ...More
    February 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • Herpes Virus Link to Complications in Pregnancy
    Researchers at Adelaide’s Women’s & Children’s Hospital and the University of Adelaide in Australia, have made a world-first discovery that links viral infection with high blood pressure during pregnancy and pre-term birth. The research findings, published in the ...More
    February 18, 2008 Posted in News
  • Math Model Identifies Key to Controlling Drug-resistant Bacteria
    When you check into a hospital, the odds are one in 10 that you will become infected with a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria as a result of your stay. That is because the problem of drug-resistance has become endemic in today’s hospitals despite the best efforts of ...More
    February 18, 2008 Posted in News
  • Protein in Tick Saliva Prevents HIV-1 from Attaching to T Cells
    The HIV-1 virus cripples the human immune system by targeting white blood cells called T cells that form the body’s first line of defense in fighting infections. A recent study by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that a protein found in the ...More
    February 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Antibody That Can Potently Neutralize Two Viruses
    In laboratory experiments, scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and their colleagues supported by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), have discovered an antibody that ...More
    February 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Patient Safety Proposed Regulation Aims to Improve Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
    A proposed regulation to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for all Americans by fostering the establishment of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) was announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). PSOs are private entities recognized ...More
    February 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Approach May Render Disease-Causing Staph Harmless
    A multi-institution collaboration between U.S. and Taiwanese scientists, including researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has uncovered a completely new treatment ...More
    February 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Toxin Closes Gate on Immune Response
    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have demonstrated that a bacterial toxin from the common bacterium Staphylococcus aureus shuts down the control mechanism of the tunnel, called an ion channel, in immune cell membranes. Shutting down ion ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Vaccine for Stomach Flu May be Possible
    Every year, millions of people are infected with noroviruses -- commonly called “stomach flu” -- often resulting in up to 72 hours of vomiting and diarrhea. While most people recover in a few days, the symptoms can lead to dehydration and - in rare cases, especially among ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Component Hardware Group Introduces Antimicrobial Ice Scoop
    LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- Recent publicized reports have documented that improper handwashing, food handling and equipment maintenance are to blame for high levels of coliform bacteria in ice served in restaurants and cafeterias—in some cases, toilet water was even found to be ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News