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  • Using Measurement of Chemical in Blood May Help Reduce Overuse of Antibiotics for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
    The use of guidelines for treatment of lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia determined by measurements of a chemical in the blood known as procalcitonin resulted in lower rates of antibiotic use and associated adverse effects, and similar ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Kiss the Handshake Goodbye Over Flu Fears?
    A British Web site is reporting today that la bise," France's age-old method of greeting others with a peck on the cheek, is facing a ban due to fears that kissing is the best way to spread influenza. Could the handshake be next? It already is, according to the article. ...More
    September 8, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Mounting a Multi-Layered Attack on Fungal Infections
    Unraveling a microbe's multi-layer defense mechanisms could lead to effective new treatments for potentially lethal fungal infections in cancer patients and others whose natural immunity is weakened.Although not as well known as bacterial infections, such as MRSA and ...More
    September 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Manuka Honey Helps Fight Infection
    Manuka honey may kill bacteria by destroying key bacterial proteins. Dr. Rowena Jenkins and colleagues from the University of Wales Institute - Cardiff investigated the mechanisms of manuka honey action and found that its anti-bacterial properties were not due solely to the ...More
    September 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infections May Lead to Faster Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease
    Getting a cold, stomach bug or other infection may lead to increased memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the Sept. 8, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found ...More
    September 8, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Chlorhexidine Bathing Can Protect Patients from Superbugs, Study Shows
    Giving critically ill hospital patients a daily bath with a mild, soapy solution of the same antibacterial agent used by surgeons to scrub in before an operation can dramatically cut down, by as much as 73 percent, the number of patients who develop potentially deadly ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Will Test Therapies to Eradicate HIV Infection
    Researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases have received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new therapeutic agents that may eradicate HIV infection.The two-year study will discover drugs that can ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Uncovers How Tuberculosis Agent Survives on Fatty Acids
    Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have discovered a key mechanism behind the survival instinct of tuberculosis. TB is the leading cause of death in the world from a single bacterial infection, and it kills 1.5 million people per year. The ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Probes How Cells Fight Pathogens
    Scientists have deciphered a key molecular circuit that enables the body to distinguish viruses from bacteria and other microbes, providing a deep view of how immune cells in mammals fend off different pathogens. The new research, which appears in the Sept. 3 advance online ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Grants Expand U.S. Infectious Disease Modeling Effort
    To help the nation — and the world — understand and prepare for contagious outbreaks, the National Institutes of Health's Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) adds new research expertise to increase its capacity to simulate disease spread, evaluate ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions