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  • How Tumor Necrosis Factor Protects Against Infection
    Tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a messenger substance in the immune system, plays an important role in triggering chronic inflammatory diseases. For this reason, TNF inhibitors are a standard form of treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and certain inflammatory ...More
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  • Study Describes New Strategies for Investigating Microbial Outbreaks
    In a new study published in Frontiers in Microbiology, Mark Eppinger, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) describes innovative strategies to track disease-causing pathogens like E. coli. Eppinger hopes his ...More
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  • Fundamental Action Mechanisms of Phage Therapy are Revealed
    In an article published in PLoS Genetics on July 5, scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the Belgian-based Université catholique de Louvain identify for the first time the genetic and metabolic mechanisms underpinning the therapeutic action of a bacteriophage ...More
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  • The 'Suboptimal' State of Proper PPE Removal and What's Being Done to Fix It
    With the Ebola crisis in the rearview mirror but lurking, cases of C. difficile on the rise, and other known and emerging viruses creeping across the globe, health leaders are focusing greater attention on protecting the people on the front lines of care. The proper removal ...More
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  • When One is Too Many: One Hospital's Strategies to Reduce CAUTI
    The reporting of any type of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is difficult.  First, it indicates our patients have experienced a complication. Second, for an acute-care facility, we consistently have a low denominator; therefore any HAI has a significant impact on ...More
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  • Researchers Show Phone Calls Can Forecast Dengue Fever Outbreaks
    A team of scientists has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. This telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast two to three weeks ahead of time, and ...More
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  • Despite Advances, HIV Epidemic Continues Among Gay Men Across the Globe
    Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men continue to have disproportionately high burdens of HIV infection in countries of low, middle and high income around the world, a new study led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. The findings, ...More
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  • HIV Study Confirms Clinically Viable Vaccine Paving the Way for Future Treatments
    A new study conducted by a team of leading AIDS scientists reveal results that lead the way to the development of an effective human vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In the study published in Nature Medicine, researchers worked with a species of Old World ...More
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  • Deadly Bug Strikes in a Day
    A deadly bacteria that can be picked up by a simple sniff can travel to the brain and spinal cord in just 24 hours, a new Griffith University and Bond University study has found. The pathogenic bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the potentially fatal disease ...More
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  • Hospital Reduces MRSA Rates by 42% With Electronic Hand Hygiene Measurement
    A first-of-its-kind study now in press in the American Journal of Infection Control shows a direct correlation between using data from the DebMed® Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance System to improve the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Five Moment compliance and ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News, Hand Hygiene