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  • Avoiding Panic in Pandemics
    Public health officials walking a tightrope between massive demand for vaccines and intense public scrutiny of side effects now have a new standard for evaluating the safety of their vaccination programs.Widespread concern about the ‘swine flu’ is prompting H1N1 ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Examine How Viruses Destroy Bacteria
    Viruses are well known for attacking humans and animals, but some viruses instead attack bacteria. Texas A&M University researchers are exploring how hungry viruses, armed with transformer-like weapons, attack bacteria, which may aid in the treatment of bacterial ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Prevention Technologies Make List of Top Innovations
    The members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) have compiled a list of what they believe to be the top innovations of the year and the ones that hold the most promise for addressing scientific imperatives. Several technologies on the list have important implications for ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Why Hepatitis B Hits Men Harder Than Women
    Scientists in China are reporting discovery of unusual liver proteins, found only in males, that may help explain the long-standing mystery of why the hepatitis B virus (HBV) sexually discriminates -- hitting men harder than women. Their study, "An altered pattern of liver ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Even Santa Claus Wants the Flu Vaccine
    You know swine flu has reached the final frontier when even Santa Claus is clamoring for the vaccine! Associated Press writer Holly Ramer is reporting that the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas is encouraging its members to take infection control precautions and has ...More
    November 18, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • AORN and 3M Collaborate on Hand Hygiene Initiative
    To raise awareness of the deadly risks associated with poor hand hygiene and encourage best practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and 3M Infection Prevention announced today an initiative to ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • A Second Skin Helps Wound Healing
    Despite advances in treatment regimens and the best efforts of clinicians, about 70 percent of all people with severe burns die from related infections. But a revolutionary new wound dressing developed at Tel Aviv University (TAU) could cut that number dramatically.Meital ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public May Find It Hard to Follow Measures to Limit Spread of Infection
    The H1N1 flu virus is spreading misery around the country, but University of Michigan researchers say that implementing and sustaining infection-limiting measures will still be a challenge.In focus groups with residents from four Michigan communities, U-M researchers found ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Previous Seasonal Flu Infections May Provide Some Level of H1N1 Immunity
    Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have found that previous influenza infections may provide at least some level of immunity to the H1N1 influenza. “The question we asked was, “Is the swine flu more like the seasonal flu or like a ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune System of Healthy Adults May be Better Prepared Than Expected to Fight 2009 H1N1 Influenza
    A new study shows that molecular similarities exist between the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and other strains of seasonal H1N1 virus that have been circulating in the population since 1988. These results suggest that healthy adults may have a level of protective immune memory ...More
    November 16, 2009 Posted in News