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  • Two Salmonella Genomes Mapped
    NEW YORK-Salmonellosis, a bacterial infection caused by salmonella, can haunt everyone from an infection control practitioner trying to pinpoint an outbreak to a restaurant owner trying to eliminate potential food poisoning disaster. New research has mapped two genomes of ...More
    October 25, 2001 Posted in News
  • Radiotherapy Aids Rectal Cancer Patients
    LONDON-A new study published in The Lancet reports rectal cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy have less of a risk of local recurring cancer. They are also less likely to die from rectal cancer than other patients who chose to not have radiation therapy. The study, ...More
    October 25, 2001 Posted in News
  • Indian Pharmaceutical Companies Prepared To Provide Generic Cipro
    BOMBAY-Since the Sept. 11 attacks on the US, the demand for the Bayer antibiotic Cipro has skyrocketed. As the only US-approved treatment for exposure to the deadly bacterium anthrax, the demand for the drug has been overwhelming. Pharmaceutical companies in India, however, ...More
    October 25, 2001 Posted in News
  • British Gene Therapy Company Takes Steps Toward Cancer Vaccine
    LONDON-Oxford BioMedica Plc, a gene therapy company spun from Oxford University, has announced they are making progress in an anti-cancer vaccine. TroVax, designed to stimulate a patient's immune system to destroy cancer cells, has been tested in phase1/11 studies. Patients ...More
    October 25, 2001 Posted in News
  • Study: Older, Cheaper Antibiotics Effective for Sinusitis
    ST. LOUIS, Ohio-A new study from Washington University in St. Louis shows cheaper antibiotics are as effective as newer, more expensive pharmaceuticals when treating uncomplicated sinusitis. The research, to be published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, ...More
    October 19, 2001 Posted in News
  • Blood Donors Discover Infections
    NEW YORK-In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 tragedies, many Americans rushed to donate blood. Although their intentions were good, many did not realize they were infected with a virus. Now, many are being notified that they are HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis positive. Blood ...More
    October 2, 2001 Posted in News
  • Researchers Make Anthrax Advances
    WASHINGTON, DC-With concerns escalated about chemical and biological warfare after the September 11 attack in the United States, American researchers are closely studied one potentially fatal and threatening bacterium---Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax is caused by the ...More
    October 2, 2001 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: Instrumental Knowledge
    New Regulations Clear the Way for Third-Party Reprocessors By Pamela J. Furman, Esq. The reprocessing of medical devices labeled for "single use" is standard practice in US hospitals. For more than two decades, hospitals have been safely reprocessing a variety of ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: INFECTION CONTROL: Time To Design A New Generation Of Surgical Instruments
    Anthrax: What You Should Know Q & A concerning the bacteria anthrax and how to protect yourself from exposure Q: What is anthrax? A: Anthrax is created by the etiologic agent Bacillus anthracis. This bacterium is large, gram-positive, non-motile, spore forming, and ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS DZZZZZZZZT! Thwop! Ah, the vector's life for me. A slap here, a bite there, half a billion infections per year... I'm a busy lady. You see, I carry around an age-old 'zoan with a thing for RBCs. This little dude is not one to ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles