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  • A New Name for the CDC?
    It looks like APIC may have been on to something when it changed your title from infection control practitioner to infection preventionist, with an emphasis on the word prevention; now, a company called U.S. Preventive Medicine is making noise about changing the name of the ...More
    January 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Predicting the Future Spread of Infectious-Disease Vectors
    As global warming raises concerns about potential spread of infectious diseases, a team of researchers has demonstrated a way to predict the expanding range of human disease vectors in a changing world.Researchers from Australia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have ...More
    January 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Major Immune System Branch Has Hidden Ability to Learn
    Half of the immune system has a hidden talent, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered. They found the innate immune system, long recognized as a specialist in rapidly and aggressively combating invaders, has cells that can learn ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Ebola Virus Avoids the Immune System
    Scanning electron microscope image of Ebola virions (spaghetti-like filaments) on the surface of a tetherin-expressing cell (center). The other three cells seen in this image (upper right and upper and lower left) do not have the filamentous virus on their surfaces.  ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Dog Owners Share Germs With Pets by Not Washing Hands
    Dog owners who sleep with their pet or permit licks on the face are in good company. Surveys show that more than half of owners bond with their pets in these ways.Research done by a veterinarian at Kansas State University found that these dog owners are no more likely to ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • New Twist on Old Medical Technology May Prevent Infections, Amputations
    Old medical technologies, bone cement and a well known antibiotic, may effectively fight an emerging infection in soldiers with compound bone fractures, according to a study published online today in the Journal of Orthopedic Research. An urgent search for solutions is ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Substance Use Common Among Patients With TB
    About one in five U.S. tuberculosis patients reports abusing alcohol or using illicit drugs, and those who do appear more contagious and difficult to treat, according to a report in the January 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.The annual rate of new tuberculosis ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Insights Into a Poultry Disease and Human Health Risks
    Biodesign Institute at ArizonaStateUniversity associate research scientist Melha Mellata, a member of professor Roy Curtiss' team, is leading a USDA funded project to develop a vaccine against a leading poultry disease called avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC). APEC is part of ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • New NA Inhibitor Offers Long-Lasting Protection Against Influenza Virus
    A recent study suggests that a derivative of a new potent neuraminidase (NA) inhibitor offers long-lasting protection against various strains of influenza viruses A and B, including the avian influenza subtype N1 and current drug-resistant strains. The researchers from ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Human Metapneumovirus Infection Predisposes Mice to Severe Pneumococcal Pneumonia
    A new study suggests that prior infection with human metapneumovirus or influenza A virus predisposes mice to a severe secondary bacterial infection with pneumococcal pneumonia. The researchers from the Universitaire de Quebec and Laval University in  Quebec, Canada ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News