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  • Benefit to Women not Enough to Convince Men to Get HPV Vaccine
    Informing men that a new vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) would also help protect their female partners against developing cervical cancer from the sexually transmitted infection did not increase their interest in getting the vaccine, according to a new ...More
    June 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Arenavirus Discovered as Cause of Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak
    Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases of National Health Laboratory Service (NICD-NHLS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Roche's 454 Life Sciences ...More
    June 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Flu Cases in the U.S. Top 10,000
    The Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that there are currently 10,053 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza infection in the United States and there have been 17 deaths associated with this strain of ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Avian Flu Virus Remains Infectious Up to 600 Days in Municipal Landfills
    Amid concerns about a pandemic of swine flu, researchers from Nebraska report for the first time that poultry carcasses infected with another threat — the avian influenza virus — can remain infectious in municipal landfills for almost two years. Their report is ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • PDI Champions the Fight Against HAIs with Toolkit
    Continuing in its mission to prevent hospital acquired infections (HAIs), Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI), will fund and collaborate with leaders from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Safe Care Campaign, ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Selenium Could be Key to Developing New Antibiotics
    A mineral found at health food stores could be the key to developing a new line of antibiotics for bacteria that commonly cause diarrhea, tooth decay and, in some severe cases, death.The trace mineral selenium is found in a number of proteins in both bacterial cells and ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • VA Officials to Face Congressional Hearing Over Infection Control Practices is reporting that on June 16, officials from the Department of Veteran Affairs will face the U.S. House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee regarding substandard infection control practices that may have exposed ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Contact Lens Solution-Related Fungal Infection Cases Settled Out of Court
    The Boston Globe, citing an Associated Press report, is reporting today that Bausch & Lomb has settled almost 600 lawsuits relating to claimants’ exposure to a potentially blinding fungal infection while using contaminated lens cleaner solution ReNu with ...More
    June 1, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Study Finds Unexpected Bacterial Diversity on Human Skin
    The health of our skin — one of the body’s first lines of defense against illness and injury — depends upon the delicate balance between our own cells and the millions of bacteria and other one-celled microbes that live on its surface. To better understand ...More
    May 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Quicker, Cheaper SARS Virus Detector
    Members of a USC-led research team say they've made a big improvement in a new breed of electronic detectors for viruses and other biological materials — one that may be a valuable addition to the battle against epidemics. It consists of a piece of synthetic antibody ...More
    May 29, 2009 Posted in News