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  • Healthcare Facility Ventilation Standard Incorporated Into FGI Guidelines
    As a move toward a single consensus-based standard of care, a ventilation standard from ASHRAE and ASHE has been incorporated into the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, copyrighted by the Facility Guidelines Institute and published by the ...More
    December 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • 36 Million People With TB Cured
    Some 36 million people have been cured of tuberculosis (TB) over the past 15 years through a rigorous approach to treatment endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). New data released by the WHO also indicate that up to 8 million TB deaths have been averted, ...More
    December 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Reveals Progress Toward AIDS Vaccine
    Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University are one step closer to developing a vaccine against the AIDS disease. Led by Matthias J. Schnell, PhD, director of the Jefferson Vaccine Center, the researchers found that a rabies virus–based vaccine administered to ...More
    December 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • National Vaccine Plan Should Prioritize Efforts to Tackle Unmet Health Needs
    While vaccines help prevent many diseases in the United States, we lack immunization protection against several serious illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine that identifies priority areas for updating the National Vaccine Plan. The revised plan should ...More
    December 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • UAB's Whitley Installed as President of Infectious Diseases Society
    Richard Whitley, MD, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and a renowned researcher on antiviral therapies designed to fight infections in children and adults, has been installed as president of the Infectious ...More
    December 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Negative Pressure Wound Devices Draw FDA Notice, Advice
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified health professionals, and advised patients, about rare but serious complications -- including deaths -- from the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT).Negative pressure wound therapy devices can help in the healing ...More
    December 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Biological Route for Swine Flu to Human Infections
    Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered a new biological pathway by which the H1N1 flu virus can make the jump from swine to humans. Early tests indicate this pathway may have played an important role in transmitting the virus into humans. A new biological pathway by which ...More
    December 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals H1N1 Unexpected Weakness
    The H1N1 influenza virus has been keeping a secret that may be the key to defeating it and other flu viruses as well. Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have found what they believe is a weakness in H1N1's method for evading detection by the ...More
    December 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • HIV Screening Tests Now Covered by Medicare
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final decision to cover Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection screening for Medicare beneficiaries who are at increased risk for the infection, including women who are pregnant and Medicare ...More
    December 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cigarettes: Chock Full of Microbes
    A study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health was published last week in the December issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The goal of the study was to search for microbes in four common brands of American cigarettes.  ...More
    December 9, 2009 Posted in Blogs