• Researchers Discover How HIV “Exhausts” Killer T Cells
    American and South African scientists working at the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa have discovered how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) “exhausts” killer T cells that would otherwise attack the virus. The researchers found that HIV can simply “turn ...More
    August 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Survivors of Childhood Polio Do Well Decades Later As They Age
    Mayo Clinic researchers have found that years after experiencing childhood polio, most survivors do not experience declines greater than expected in their elderly counterparts, but rather experience only modest increased weakness which may be commensurate with normal aging. ...More
    August 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Anthrax in Children Difficult to Detect and Treat
    Difficulties in diagnosing anthrax may lead to dangerous delays in caring for children infected with this often-deadly disease, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Treating pediatric ...More
    August 18, 2006 Posted in News
  • Lessons from SARS May Help Prepare for Bird Flu
    Lessons learned from SARS epidemics in China may help healthcare professionals prepare for new epidemics, such as human avian flu, say experts in this week’s British Medical Journal. Mainland China experienced three outbreaks of SARS between November 2002 and May 2004. The ...More
    August 18, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Both Endemic and New Virus Strains to Blame for Bird Flu Recurrence in Asia's Poultry
    WASHINGTON, ROME, and BANGKOK, Thailand -- Laboratory confirmation points to both old and new isolates of the bird flu virus as sources of recent HPAI outbreaks in Southeast Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. Vigorous ...More
    August 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • MRSA Most Common Cause of Skin Infections in Patients Presenting in ERs
    Think that’s a spider bite on your arm? Think again. It could be methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a type of staph infection increasingly seen in communities across the nation that is resistant to antibiotics most commonly used to treat skin ...More
    August 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Offering Advice to a Doctor Who Self-Sterilizes Instruments
    Question: I work in a community hospital in the outpatient department. A chiropodist is starting here and she sterilizes her own instruments in a benchtop sterilizer. We send all of our instruments off to the CSSD to conform to HTM2010. Are there any specific infection ...More
    August 16, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Study Shows Long-Term Health Effects from West Nile Illnesses
    More than a year after being diagnosed with a West Nile virus infection, half of the patients have ongoing health complaints including fatigue, memory problems, headaches, depression, and tremors, according to an article in the Sept. 15, 2006 issue of Clinical Infectious ...More
    August 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics May be Harmful
    The sniffles. A runny nose. A cough. That's right — the cold season is upon us. But before you head off to your doctor demanding antibiotics to lessen your symptoms, be aware that those drugs don't always work and can have serious side effects, say two physicians at ...More
    August 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • A Shot in the Arm Could Save Your Child's Life
    Flu season is approaching again, and parents should know that fall is the time to have your children immunized. This is especially important for children with asthma and other high-risk medical problems. "It is important to get a flu shot early because vaccine shortages can ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News