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  • Surgical Patients Exposed to Hepatitis C
    CNN is reporting today that a former surgical technician at a Denver medical center could have exposed hundreds of surgical patients to the hepatitis C virus when she replaced fentanyl injections with used syringes filled with saline solution. To read the rest of this news ...More
    July 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Existing Parkinson’s Disease Drug May Fight Drug-Resistant TB
    Existing drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease could be repositioned for use in the treatment of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which kills about 2 million people each year, according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, ...More
    July 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Few Changed Their Behavior in the Early Stages of the Flu Outbreak
    Few people changed their behavior in the early stages of the swine flu outbreak, finds a study published on bmj.com today. But the results do support efforts to inform the public about specific actions that can reduce the risks from swine flu and to communicate about the ...More
  • NICUs Seeing More Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections
    The rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in U.S. neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has more than tripled in recent years, reports a study in the July issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. The study highlights the need for ...More
    July 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Physicians Say Risk Level Rising for Potential H1N1 Flu Pandemic
    A new national study among 696 physicians revealed that more than one-third of physicians (37 percent) reported that there was "somewhat of a risk" that the H1N1 swine flu could result in a catastrophic pandemic, the highest level since an April study in which 49 percent of ...More
    July 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospital Achieves Significantly Lower Infection Rate for Hip Replacement
    A new report on infection rates from the New York State Department of Health singles out Hospital for Special Surgery as the only hospital in New York State with a statistically lower rate of surgical site infection (SSI) compared to the state average for hip ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Team Develops Anti-infection Technology
    Combat-related injuries have long plagued the military in part because of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Imagine being able to spray a compound fracture with microcapsules that deliver a drug to bolster the immune system, stopping infection before it starts.That technology ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Shows Possibility of Vaccine for Ear Infections
    Otitis media, more commonly known as an ear infection, is the most frequently diagnosed illness in children less than 15 years of age in the United States and is the primary cause for emergency room visits. More than 80 percent of children will experience at least one ear ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Influenza Virus in 1918 and Today
    The influenza virus that wreaked worldwide havoc in 1918-1919 founded a viral dynasty that persists to this day, according to scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In an article published online yesterday by the New England ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Measurements Fail to Identify TB Patients Who Could Benefit from Shorter Treatment Course
    Tuberculosis (TB) is a difficult infection to treat and requires six months of multiple antibiotics to cure it. To combat the TB pandemic, a shorter and simpler drug treatment would be a huge advance since most TB occurs in resource-limited settings with poor public health ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News