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  • 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
  • Fast, Accurate Urine Test for Pneumonia Possible, Study Finds
    Pneumonia is a lung infection that annually sickens millions of people in the United States, resulting in approximately 500,000 hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. A rapid, accurate diagnostic test for pneumonia could save lives by enabling doctors to begin ...More
    December 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Implications of Flu Pandemics on Blood Supplies
    A German research team has examined data on supply and demand for blood transfusions against a computer simulation of an influenza pandemic, and discovered that a severe pandemic scenario could quickly lead to a deficit of up to 96,000 red blood cell (RBC) transfusion units ...More
    December 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Adults Receiving Flu Vaccine at About the Same Rate as in 2008
    American adults are not being vaccinated against the seasonal flu any more often than they were last year, despite increased public discussion of the importance of influenza vaccines resulting from the worldwide outbreak of the H1N1 virus, according to a new RAND ...More
    December 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Flu Adopted Novel Strategy to Move from Birds to Humans
    The 2009 H1N1 influenza virus used a new strategy to cross from birds into humans, a warning that it has more than one trick up its sleeve to jump the species barrier and become virulent.In a report in this week's early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the ...More
    December 8, 2009 Posted in News