• Silence of the Amoeba
    Freedom of expression is great, but silence is golden – at least when it comes to amoebae, which are intestine-dwelling parasites that cause life-threatening dysentery in many parts of the world. Three years ago, scientists at the Weizmann Institute accidentally discovered ...More
    August 31, 2006 Posted in News
  • Teen Researcher Seeks a Better Way to Treat Tuberculosis
    In a Johns Hopkins chemical engineering lab, Britni Lonesome learned to fabricate and test polymer disks that release a medicine used to treat tuberculosis. Photo by Will Kirk/JHU While still a senior in high school, a Baltimore teenager toiled 10 hours a week in a Johns ...More
    August 31, 2006 Posted in News
  • One Big Petri Dish in the Sky
    As someone who flies on business fairly regularly, I share many Americans’ aggravation by the latest round of restrictions on liquids and gel substances imposed on air travelers. I understand and appreciate the need for these precautions, but I’m not a political pundit and ...More
    August 30, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Premier Purchasing Partners Signs New Agreement with J&J for Biopatch Antimicrobial Dressing
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Premier Purchasing Partners, LP announces a new agreement for anti-infection site management disc dressings has been signed with Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc. for the Biopatch antimicrobial dressing product. The 24-month agreement, ...More
    August 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Pandemic Flu Plans Need More Federal Guidance, Coordination
    States require additional direction and guidance from federal health officials as well as answers to epidemiological questions to adequately develop their pandemic flu plans, according to a report conducted by researchers at RTI International. The report, which was ...More
    August 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • 'Nanocantilevers' Yield Surprises Critical for Designing New Detectors
    This rendition depicts an array of tiny, diving-boardlike devices called nanocantilevers. The devices are coated with antibodies to capture viruses, which are represented as red spheres. New findings about the behavior of the cantilevers could be crucial in designing a new ...More
    August 29, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Anthrax Inhibitor Could Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Strain
    In a new approach to treating anthrax exposure, a team of scientists has created an inhibitor designed to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant strains. Reporting in the Aug. 28-Sept. 1 online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...More
    August 29, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Study Shows Newer, More Powerful HIV Therapy May be Effective Even When Some Doses Are Missed
    For years, it has been thought that HIV antiretroviral therapy was successful only for those who took every dose on time. But a new study shows that while compliance is still important, today's more-potent forms of therapy can be effective even for those who fall short of ...More
    August 28, 2006 Posted in News
  • Gut Tissue is Major Reservoir Harboring AIDS
    UCLA researchers have found the human gut to be a major reservoir harboring the HIV virus — holding almost twice as much as a person’s blood. In addition, the virus stored in the gut does not decay or reduce over time, as is also the case with blood-related reservoirs. It ...More
    August 28, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Quick Diagnosis of Flu Strains Possible with New Microchip Test
    Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a microchip-based test that may allow more labs to diagnose influenza infections and learn more about the viruses causing illness. The FluChip ...More
    August 28, 2006 Posted in News