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  • Are We In for a Repeat of the Killer Flu Pandemic of 1918?
    In 1918, the Spanish flu raced around the globe, ending the lives of an estimated 40 million people in less than a year. Epidemiologists believe one in four Americans became infected during that pandemic with 750,000 dying.Fears are mounting that the H1N1 flu, which ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Businesses Foresee Problems Maintaining Operations During Severe H1N1 Flu Outbreak
    In a national survey of businesses that looks at their preparations for a possible widespread H1N1 outbreak, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that only one-third believe they could sustain their business without severe operational problems if half ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Care-Tech Laboratories Agrees to Stop Making, Selling and Distributing Unapproved Antimicrobial Products
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that St. Louis-based Care-Tech Laboratories Inc. and its principal officers, John C. Brereton and Sherry L. Brereton, have signed a consent decree, agreeing to stop the illegal manufacture, marketing, and ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Confirms Potential Deadly Nature of Emerging Monkey Malaria in Humans
    Researchers in Malaysia have identified key laboratory and clinical features of an emerging new form of malaria infection. The research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, confirms the potentially deadly nature of the disease.Malaria kills more than a million people each year. ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Plant Roots Point to New Flu Drugs
    Scientists in China have discovered that roots of a plant used a century ago during the great Spanish influenza pandemic contains substances with powerful effects in laboratory experiments in killing the H1N1 swine flu virus that now threatens the world. The plant has a ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find TB-Prevention Therapy Is Cost-Effective Option
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have found that the cost of preventive antibiotic tuberculosis (TB) therapy for patients infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is generally less expensive than the reported cost of treating newly confirmed TB ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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