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  • 6 in 10 Americans Believe Serious Outbreak of H1N1 Likely in Fall/Winter
    As part of a series about Americans' response to the H1N1 flu outbreak, the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health is releasing a national poll that focuses on Americans' views and concerns about the potential for a more severe outbreak of ...More
    July 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Discovery of New Transmission Patterns May Help Prevent Rotavirus Epidemics
    New vaccines have the potential to prevent or temper epidemics of the childhood diarrhea-causing disease rotavirus, protect the unvaccinated and raise the age at which the infection first appears in children, federal researchers reported in a study today.The findings were ...More
    July 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Final WHO Hand Hygiene Guideline Available
    The final, revised and updated version of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care is now available. To access this document, CLICK HERE. To access the Guide to Implementation of the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy, ...More
    July 15, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Researchers Crack Parasite Genome
    Two UCSF research papers this week are marking major breakthroughs in the effort to tackle schistosomiasis (bilharzia), a tropical disease that infects more than 200 million people worldwide and causes long-term debilitating illness and occasional paralysis or death.One ...More
    July 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Focusing HIV Treatment Helps Control Concurrent HBV Infection
    Prolonged use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat people infected with both HIV and hepatitis B (HBV) helps to better control the hepatitis B infection and could delay or prevent liver complications, according to a new study by researchers at Wake ...More
    July 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Fighting Drug-Resistant Flu Viruses
    Amid reports that swine flu viruses are developing the ability to shrug off existing antiviral drugs, scientists in Japan are reporting a first-of-its kind discovery that could foster a new genre of antivirals that sidestep resistance problems, according to an article ...More
    July 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hygiene Habits Getting Worse, Study Says
    American hygiene habits are going downhill and kitchen surfaces continue to harbor illness-causing bacteria that can threaten families, according to a new international study released today from the Hygiene Council, sponsored by LYSOL® brand products. Investigators ...More
  • Physicians' Concern About Flu Pandemic Highest Since April
    A new national study among 675 physicians revealed that nearly half of physicians (48 percent) reported that the H1N1 influenza virus poses some level of risk for a worldwide catastrophic pandemic, the highest percentage since an April study. The study was conducted last ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Map How Staph Infections Alter Immune System
    Infectious disease specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have mapped the gene profiles of children with severe Staphylococcus aureus infections, providing crucial insight into how the human immune system is programmed to respond to this pathogen and opening new ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Target for Custom Antibiotics Discovered
    More and more bacterial stems are developing resistance to previously life-saving antibiotics. Physicians have been warning that fatality rates from infections could increase dramatically in the very near future. Researchers at the Technische Universität München ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News