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  • A Lesson for Infection Prevention from a London Cholera Outbreak
    Dr. John Snow is credited with taking bold action when he sensed that contaminated water from the public pump on Broad Street was the cause of deadly cholera during the 1854 outbreak in London. Here is what he wrote of his legendary action on Sept. 7, 1854: “I had an ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • FluMist Now Available for the 2008-09 Flu Season
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. — MedImmune announced today that it began shipping FluMist® (Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal) on July 31 for the 2008-2009 influenza season. Early and wide availability of FluMist is a key component in maximizing opportunities to ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Certain HIV Treatment Less Effective When Used with Anti-TB Therapy
    Patients receiving rifampicin-based anti-tuberculosis therapy are more likely to experience virological failure when starting nevirapine-based antiretroviral therapy, an HIV treatment that is widely used in developing countries because of lower cost, than when starting ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • International Panel Updates Treatment Guidelines for HIV Infection
    An evaluation of recent data has led to an update in the guidelines and recommendations for antiretroviral treatment of adult human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, according to an article in the August 6 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS.Scott M. Hammer, MD, ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Canadian Study of Colds and Kids Reveals Positive Safety Results for Ginseng Extract
    Positive findings of a safety study involving children and a highly touted botanical extract (COLD-fX) show promise for its future development for kids as a Canadian cold and flu remedy. The results appear in the August, 2008 issue of Pediatrics, the official journal of the ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine May Not Protect Seniors Well
    SEATTLE — A Group Health study in the August 2 issue of The Lancet adds fuel to the growing controversy over how well the flu vaccine protects the elderly. The study of more than 3,500 Group Health patients age 65-plus found no link between flu vaccination and risk of ...More
    August 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Common Vaginal Infection May Increase Risk of HIV Infection
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C.  – A common vaginal infection may make women more susceptible to contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health researchers have found.An analysis of 23 published studies, ...More
    August 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Strategies to Control TB Outdated and Inadequate, Study Asserts
    The standard regimens to treat tuberculosis (TB) are inadequate in countries with high rates of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB. In countries with high rates of MDR-TB, patients are nearly twice as likely to fail their initial treatment than those in countries with low rates, ...More
    August 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Recurrence of Group B Strep High in Subsequent Pregnancies
    A new study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston could help experts better decide whether to continue the current practice of retesting women during their second pregnancies for a common bacterial infection if they had tested positive for the ...More
    August 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Higher HIV Infection Estimate Shows Need for Routine Screening, More Funding for Care
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected soon to increase the estimate of new HIV infections in the United States by 40 percent. This highlights the need to make HIV testing a routine part of medical care and provide better ...More
    August 1, 2008 Posted in News