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  • Blood Infection May Have Contributed to Death of World's Tallest Woman
    A blood infection may have been one of the culprits in the death of the world’s tallest woman, Sandy Allen, 53, of Shelbyville, Ind. Allen, who was 7-foot, 7-inches, had been recently hospitalized for a recurring blood infection, along with diabetes, breathing ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers to Study Lyme-Like Illness in Texas
    Tao Lin, DVM, and Steven J. Norris, PhD, both with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, have been named grant recipients of the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (ARP) by the Texas Higher ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • White Blood Cell Uses DNA 'Catapult' to Fight Infection
    SALTLAKECITY – U.S. and Swiss scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how a type of white blood cell called the eosinophil may help the body to fight bacterial infections in the digestive tract, according to research published online this week in Nature ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Found in California
    In the first statewide study of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in the United States, California officials have identified 18 cases of the dangerous and difficult-to-treat disease between 1993 and 2006, and 77 cases that were one step away from XDR TB. The ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Critical Factor in Human CMV Infection
    Researchers have identified a protein they believe is essential in allowing the human cytomegalovirus (CMV) to cause life-threatening infections. The findings are being published online, ahead of print, on the website of the journal Nature. “This is a potentially very ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • How Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attack the Body’s Immune System
    “Flesh-eating” bacteria are able to survive and spread in the body by degrading a key immune defense molecule, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Adverse Reactions to Antibiotics Send Thousands of Patients to the ER
    Adverse events from antibiotics cause an estimated 142,000 emergency department visits per year in the United States, according to a study published in the Sept. 15, 2008 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.  “This number is an important reminder for physicians ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dirty Dining
    I am someone who gets easily agitated by unclean and potentially contaminated food-preparation surfaces. Who hasn’t been to their local sandwich shop and observed some unsavory habits, such as wiping off table tops and then using the same rag to wipe off cutting ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Discover Common Bacterial Strain Causing Lyme Disease in the U.S. and Europe
    Researchers at StonyBrookUniversityMedicalCenter, led by Dr. Benjamin Luft and supported by the Lyme Disease Association and the National Institutes of Health, have discovered a single common strain of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in the U.S. and Europe. This ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Rare Case Explains Why Some Infected with HIV Remain Symptom Free without Antiretroviral Drugs
    AIDS experts at Johns Hopkins say they have compelling evidence that some people with HIV who for years and even decades show extremely low levels of the virus in their blood never progress to full-blown AIDS and remain symptom-free even without treatment, probably do so ...More
    August 12, 2008 Posted in News