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Pathogens

Infection by pathogenic organisms and multidrug-resistant organisms are responsible for causing significant morbidity and mortality in the healthcare setting. Pathogens are transmitted via fomites and reservoirs, including the hands of healthcare workers, medical equipment and devices and other animate and inanimate objects that play a role in cross-contamination.


  • Intestinal Worm Infections May Actually Help Promote Healing
    Intestinal worm infections may not be all bad, according to a new study by William C. Gause, PhD, and colleagues at UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School. The researchers have found cytokines that help oust intestinal worm infections in mice also soothe associated lung injury ...More
    January 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Novel Antiviral Immune Pathway in the Mosquito
    As mosquito-borne viral diseases like West Nile fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya fever spread rapidly around the globe, scientists at Virginia Tech are working to understand the mosquito's immune system and how the viral pathogens that cause these diseases are able to ...More
    January 10, 2012 Posted in News
  • Google Flu Trends is a Powerful Early Warning System for Emergency Departments
    Monitoring Internet search traffic about influenza may prove to be a better way for hospital emergency rooms to prepare for a surge in sick patients compared to waiting for outdated government flu case reports. A report on the value of the Internet search tool for emergency ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Pill May Prevent Serious Foodborne Illness Someday
    Modified probiotics, the beneficial bacteria touted for their role in digestive health, could one day decrease the risk of Listeria infection in people with susceptible immune systems, according to Purdue University research. Arun Bhunia, a professor of food science; Mary ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Confirms New Strategy in Fight Against Infectious Diseases
    New research shows that infectious disease-fighting drugs could be designed to block a pathogen’s entry into cells rather than to kill the bug itself. Historically, medications for infectious diseases have been designed to kill the offending pathogen. This new strategy is ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Research Shows Progress Toward a Genital Herpes Vaccine
    Robert Belshe, MD, led national research on an investigational genital herpes vaccine, which was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. An investigational vaccine protected some women against infection from one of the two types of herpes simplex viruses that cause ...More
    January 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Novel Compound to Halt Virus Replication
    A team of scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified a novel compound that inhibits viruses from replicating. The findings, which are published online in the Journal of Virology, could lead to the development of highly targeted compounds to ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Manipulating the Way Bacteria Communicate Could Have Practical Applications
    By manipulating the way bacteria "talk" to each other, researchers at Texas A&M University have achieved an unprecedented degree of control over the formation and dispersal of biofilms – a finding with potentially significant health and industrial applications, ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Promiscuity of Resistance Plasmid is Unprecedented
    Genetic analysis of an outbreak of drug-resistant infections in one institution shows an unprecedented level of transference of resistance among strains and even species of bacteria. Researchers from the University of Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • The Private Nuclear Rooms of Herpesviruses
    Researchers from Princeton University have discovered why, despite being bombarded by many different herpesviruses, infected cells produce only a limited number of those viruses. They report their findings in the current issue of the online journal mBio. Herpes viruses are ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News