• Data Protection Rules May Risk Patient Safety on Wards
    Removing patient name boards from hospital wards because they do not comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 may risk the safe delivery of care to patients, argue researchers in this week's Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal. Patients in wards used to be ...More
    December 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Doctors Must Play New Role in Bioterrorism Era
    ST. LOUIS -- The emergence of bioterrorism as a threat is creating new responsibilities for the medical community and, for the first time in history, is putting physicians at the forefront of managing disaster, according to an article by Saint Louis University researchers ...More
    December 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • New Report Ranks Minnesota Among Top Six States in Preparing for a Health-related Terrorist Attack
    A new report places Minnesota among the top six states in the nation in preparing for a possible terrorist attack using biological, chemical or radiological agents. The report was prepared by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a non-partisan, non-profit study group ...More
    December 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Risk of Tuberculosis Doubles in First Year of HIV Infection
    The risk of tuberculosis infection doubles within one year of HIV infection, according to a study published in the Jan.15, 2005 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. Scientists previously assumed that there was no increase in tuberculosis risk ...More
    December 16, 2004 Posted in News
  • Scientists Create New Vaccine for Wildlife Rabies
    While the raccoon that raids your trash at night may look cute and mischievous, think again. Its claws can be nasty. Even worse, it might carry rabies. Now, scientists at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and at Molecular Targeting Technologies, Inc. (MTTI) in West ...More
    December 15, 2004 Posted in News
  • Low Platelet Counts Linked to Decreased Survival in HIV-infected Women
    SAN DIEGO -- HIV-positive women with low blood platelet counts face significantly higher risk of death compared to women with normal counts, according to a study presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Findings come from the Women's ...More
    December 15, 2004 Posted in News
  • Scientists First to Grow Common Cause of Food Poisoning in Lab
    Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have become the first to successfully grow a norovirus in the lab. In humans, noroviruses are a highly contagious source of diarrhea, vomiting and other stomach upset that made headlines two years ago after ...More
    December 15, 2004 Posted in News
  • Success of Experimental Herpes Vaccine Builds Momentum for Human Clinical Trials
    A new study provides evidence that a herpes vaccine developed by a Harvard Medical School researcher is a strong candidate for testing in humans. The study, published online Dec. 14 in the Journal of Virology, compared three different experimental vaccines for herpes ...More
    December 15, 2004 Posted in News
  • A New Model for Child Survival in Africa
    LOME/NEW YORK/GENEVA -- In the first nationwide campaign of its kind, Togo’s children will receive four life-saving interventions at once. The landmark campaign intends to reach one million children under five years of age with vaccines to prevent measles and polio, ...More
    December 15, 2004 Posted in News
  • First U.S. SARS Vaccine Trial Opens at NIH
    Powerful research tools that speed up vaccine development have led to the start today of human tests for a preventive vaccine against the respiratory disease SARS. The disease killed hundreds of people around the world before it was brought under control in 2003 with ...More
    December 15, 2004 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions