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  • NIAID to Launch Clinical Trials to Test 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Candidates
    Scientists in a network of medical research institutions across the United States are set to begin a series of clinical trials to gather critical data about influenza vaccines, including two candidate H1N1 flu vaccines. The research will be under the direction of the ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • No Evidence That Combined DTP-HBV-Hib Vaccine Works Better
    There is no evidence that giving infants a combination vaccine for diphtheria (D), tetanus (T), pertussis (P), hepatitis B (HBV), and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) protects them as effectively as separate vaccines, according to the results of a new Cochrane ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Effectiveness Of Medical-Grade Honey in Topical Wound Care
    According to a recent paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiological Infectious Diseases, a certain kind of honey can be an effective agent in topical wound care, particularly where antibiotic resistance is an issue. The irony is that this most exciting ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public Health Experts Discuss Infectious Diseases Threats
    Updates on the impact of sexually transmitted diseases, infection risk from animals in the home and public settings, seasonal and H1N1 influenza, and foodborne diseases were presented today at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The news ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Blocks Malaria Transmission in Lab Experiments
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have for the first time produced a malarial protein (Pfs48/45) in the proper conformation and quantity to generate a significant immune response in mice and non-human primates for use in a potential ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Eliminating Cell Receptor Prevents Infection in Animal Study
    New research from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia sheds light on the role of cell receptors in acting as gatekeepers for infectious viruses. By using mice genetically engineered to lack a particular receptor in heart and pancreas cells, the study team prevented ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pre-Chewed Food Could Transmit HIV
    Researchers have uncovered the first cases in which HIV almost certainly was transmitted from mothers or other caregivers to children through pre-chewed food. The source of HIV in the pre-chewed food was most likely the infected blood in the saliva of the people who ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • The Logic Behind Food Product Recalls
    Consumers usually find out pretty quickly if the meat they're planning to throw on the grill has been recalled. What consumers may not be finding out about recalls and the inspection process, however, could make them doubt the effectiveness of what is actually a pretty good ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infection-Causing Amoeba May be Resistant to Multiple Contact Lens Solutions
    A new study suggests that some contact lens solutions do not properly disinfect against Acanthamoeba, a free-living organism in the environment that can cause a painful vision-threatening infection. The researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public ...More
    July 21, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • "Single-Shot" Vaccines May Protect Against H5N1 Influenza Virus
    Two newly developed "single-shot" H5N1 influenza vaccines protected ferrets against lethal infection with the H5N1 influenza virus and may allow for mass vaccination in humans in the event of a pandemic outbreak. The researchers from Australia report their findings in the ...More
    July 21, 2009 Posted in News