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  • Study Says Home Treatment of Pneumonia is Safe and Effective
    GENEVA -- Treating children with severe pneumonia at home is just as effective as treating them in hospitals, a new study has found. The study results could significantly change the way the illness is managed in developing countries, saving a significant number of lives ...More
    January 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hands and Computer Keyboards: A Match Made in Viral Heaven
    A small report in last week’s MMWR made a big splash in the mainstream media. You couldn’t help but stumble over news reports that norovirus (frequently referred to as stomach flu) can be transmitted from one person to another through contact with shared items such as ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Study of Sugars on Cell Surface Identifies Key Factor in Flu Infection
    Scientists have identified a key factor that determines the ability of influenza viruses to infect cells of the human upper respiratory tract—a necessary step for sustaining spread between people. The research, described in the Jan. 6 online edition of Nature Biotechnology ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Use of Ear Tubes for Ear Infections Not Consistent with Expert Guidelines
    A new study suggests that children who typically receive an operation to insert ear tubes because of ear infections or fluid in the ear may not need it, according to clinical practice guidelines. The research, conducted by Salomeh Keyhani, MD, MPH, assistant professor in ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Experts Publish Groundbreaking Research to Aid Malaria Eradication Efforts
    Leading research scientists, physicians, and public health specialists from around the world have published new insights into the international burden of malaria and how the global community can best combat the disease, it was announced today by malaria experts at the ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • FDA Clears First Test Designed to Detect and Identify 12 Respiratory Viruses from Single Sample
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cleared for marketing a test that simultaneously detects and identifies 12 specific respiratory viruses. The test, called the xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel, is the first test for the detection and differentiation of influenza A ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is Kansas' First Line of Defense Against Bird Flu
    If the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza ever comes to Kansas, diagnosticians at Kansas State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be the first to know. The lab, which is part of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, is the first place samples ...More
    January 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • UK: Cases of Viral Meningitis Set to Rise
    Viral meningitis is common, but many cases go unreported, say researchers in this week’s British Medical Journal. And due to the increasing incidence of genital herpes in the UK, cases of meningitis caused by the herpes simplex virus are set to rise, they warn. In 2005-6, ...More
    January 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Catheter Chaos: Hospitals Lag in Preventing Common Infection
    One in four Americans in the hospital right now has a urinary catheter. One percent of them will get a urinary tract infection from that catheter. All of those will require antibiotics. A few may suffer life-threatening complications. And with every new case, UTIs will ...More
    January 3, 2008 Posted in News
  • State-by-State Tracking of RSV Now Available on the CDC Web Site
    PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- A data-sharing agreement with Surveillance Data, Inc. (SDI) has enabled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to launch a redesigned Web site that provides data on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the U.S. as a whole and by ...More
    January 3, 2008 Posted in News