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  • Guillain-Barr√© Syndrome Cases Low After 2009 H1N1 Vaccine
    A new study finds that reports of a neurologic disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) have been low after 2009 H1N1 vaccination, according to a research study that will be presented as part of the late-breaking science program at the American Academy of ...More
    April 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Allergies Blamed on Excessive Cleanliness
    Allergies have become a widespread in developed countries: hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are all increasingly prevalent. The reason? Excessive cleanliness is to blame according to Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of ...More
    April 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Thoughts on the H1N1 Outbreak Anniversary
    Don’t miss Dr. Richard Wenzel’s thoughtful op-ed piece on the one-year anniversary of the novel H1N1 influenza virus outbreak in The New York Times today. Wenzel is a professor of internal medicine and a specialist in infectious diseases at Virginia Commonwealth ...More
    April 13, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Study Vaccine to Prevent C. diff Outbreaks
    The thought of being infected with MRSA brings fear and panic to those who know how fatal the flesh-eating bacterial infection can be. Now, recent reports show that a known bacterium is overtaking numbers of MRSA infections in hospital settings, making physicians ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Has Led to Changes in Pneumococcal Infections
    In the decade since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccination, significant shifts have occurred in the bacterial strains causing serious pneumococcal infections in children, according to a pair of studies in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • HPV Vaccination More Likely if Mothers Approve
    College women were more likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) if their mothers communicated with them about sex and if they thought their mothers would approve of their getting vaccinated, according to new Dartmouth research in the May issue of ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • WHO Admits Mishandling of Flu Pandemic
    Reuters is reporting today that the World Health Organization (WHO) has admitted that it made errors during its handling of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, including a hesitance to communicate the agency’s uncertainty about the novel virus as it jumped from country ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Harnessing the Web to Track Pathogens as They Evolve
    Pathogens can now be easily tracked in time and space as they evolve, an advance that could revolutionize both public health and inform national security in the fight against infectious diseases. Developed by researchers that include scientists at the American Museum of ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Does Faith Trump Hygiene?
    That’s the question clinicians are asking themselves now that the United Kingdom is allowing Muslim physicians and nurses to opt out of strict apparel codes introduced to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections – all in the name of preserving their ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Identify Mechanism that Triggers Vancomycin Resistance
    A new study led by the scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has uncovered for the first time how bacteria recognize and develop resistance to a powerful antibiotic used to treat superbug infections.Gerry Wright, a ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News