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  • Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Could be the Next Superbug
    The rise of multidrug resistance in gonorrhea-causing bacteria is threatening to make this sexually-transmitted infection extremely difficult to treat. Professor Catherine Ison, speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh, highlighted the ...More
    March 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Study Raises Questions About Foam Hand Sanitizers' Antimicrobial Efficacy in a Practical Clinical Setting
    The way 62 percent ethanol foam hand sanitizers are used in a practical clinical setting most likely means they do not provide any more bacterial reduction than simply washing with the same quantity of water alone, says a new study presented at the Fifth Decennial ...More
    March 30, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Misinformation About Antibiotics Can Travel to Large Audience via Twitter
    Misunderstandings about proper use of antibiotics have the potential to spread widely through social networks such as Twitter, according to a report in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for ...More
    March 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • H1N1: False Alarm? WHO Response to be Investigated
    Today, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the World Health Organization (WHO) briefed journalists on the upcoming expert review of the global response to the H1N1 pandemic and functioning of the International Health Regulations, an agreement among countries on how to handle global health ...More
    March 29, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Public/Private Partnerships Essential to Expand TB Detection and Treatment
    Top multinational business and nonprofit leaders concluded that private sector core competencies are essential to help curb the spread of tuberculosis (TB) — a treatable disease ravaging the developing world. These competencies can be leveraged by:-- Forging ...More
    March 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Public Health Agencies Warn of Outbreaks Related to Drinking Raw Milk
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with several state agencies, is alerting consumers to an outbreak of campylobacteriosis associated with drinking raw milk. At least 12 confirmed illnesses have been recently reported in Michigan. Symptoms of campylobacteriosis ...More
    March 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • A Clue to TB Awakening
    The factors instrumental in triggering latent tuberculosis (TB) infection to progress into active disease have long remained elusive to researchers. New insight into the mystery is provided by professor David Russell, speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's ...More
    March 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • 'Hormone Therapy' for Food Poisoning Bacteria
    Pathogenic bacteria in the gut recognize their surroundings by detecting hormone signals from the host, which can prompt them to express lethal toxins. Intercepting these hormonal messages could be a better way to treat serious foodborne infections where antibiotics do more ...More
    March 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Rapid Development of Drug-Resistant 2009 H1N1 Influenza Reported in 2 Cases
    Two people with compromised immune systems who became ill with 2009 H1N1 influenza developed drug-resistant strains of virus after less than two weeks on therapy, report doctors from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Physicians who ...More
    March 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • CA-MRSA Becoming More Common in Pediatric ICU Patients
    Once considered a hospital anomaly, community-acquired infections with drug-resistant strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus now turn up regularly among children hospitalized in the intensive-care unit, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Children’s ...More
    March 26, 2010 Posted in News