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  • Researchers Zero In On Protein That Destroys HIV
    Using a $225,000 microscope, researchers have identified the key components of a protein called TRIM5a that destroys HIV in rhesus monkeys. The finding could lead to new TRIM5a-based treatments that would knock out HIV in humans, says senior researcher Edward M. Campbell, ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Survey of American Women Finds STD Vaccine Viewed Positively
    Cost but not convenience plays a significant role in attitudes about vaccination for common human papillomaviruses for women over the age of 26, according to the authors of a recent article in the journal Sexual Health. Currently, the two vaccines for human papillomavirus ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Glove Use Should be Emphasized as Key Part of Sharps Injury Prevention
    Standard precautions are recommended to help decrease the number of sharps-related injuries but some researchers say the effectiveness of gloves in preventing such injuries has not been established. Kinlin, et al. (2010) sought to evaluate factors associated with gloving ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Alcohol-Based Sanitizer: For Hands... and Stethoscopes?
    Researchers from the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, say that the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean hands as well as stethoscopes between patients could become an accepted bedside practice. They emphasize that ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization, Hand Hygiene
  • Visualizing Viruses: New Research Pinpoints Tiny Invaders
    As lead author Wang notes, a further benefit of this exquisitely sensitive technique is that it permits the measurement of viral mass. The mass can be inferred from the intensity of the optical signal, which in turn is proportional to the degree to which the particle ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Herd Immunity to H1N1: The Norway Experience
    By autumn 2009, almost half of the population of Norway had been vaccinated against the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus. Many had also been infected by the virus during the summer and autumn outbreaks. The majority of those who were vaccinated or were infected are ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Not All Patients with VRE Need to be Isolated
    While vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) have triggered multiple outbreaks, VRE of genotype vanC appear not to be associated with outbreaks, according to Sutter, et al. (2010). ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Evidence on How Cranberry Juice Fights UTIs
    Scientists today reported new scientific evidence on the effectiveness of that old folk remedy –– cranberry juice –– for urinary tract infections, at the 240th national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), being held this week. “A number of controlled clinical ...More
    August 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Minimize Hospital Waiting Times to Avoid Airborne Transmission of Infection
    Although many infections that are transmissible from person to person are acquired through direct contact between individuals, a minority, notably pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), measles and influenza are known to be spread by the airborne route. Airborne infections pose a ...More
    August 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Surveillance for UTI Improves Quality of Life for Kidney Transplant Patients
    Urinary tract infection (UTI) remains one of the main complications after kidney transplantation and it has serious consequences. Rivera-Sanchez, et al. (2010) evaluated 52 patients with kidney transplantation for UTI at three to 145 days (mean 40.0 days) after surgery. ...More
    August 23, 2010 Posted in News