Misc. Infections News

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Report Highlights Shortage of HIV Care Providers in U.S.

Gap widening between number infected and those trained to treat these patients, experts say

Germs Thrive on Horns Passed Around in School Bands: Study

Instruments tested from one troupe were contaminated with bacteria, fungi

HIV Infection Passed Via Donated Kidney: U.S. Report

Donor screening didn't use most sensitive test, leading to infection of recipient, researchers say

Haiti Cholera Epidemic Could Sicken 779,000 This Year

New estimate much higher than U.N. projections, which were used to allocate resources

Adults With HIV at Increased Risk of Bone Fractures, Study Finds

Annual fracture rates up to 3.69 times higher in HIV-infected patients, researchers say

Hospital Safety Varies Widely Nationwide: Report

Where patients go for treatment can mean the difference between life and death, researchers say

Risk of Drug-Resistant Staph Infection in Gym Low: Study

No MRSA found on equipment tested, so extensive cleaning not always necessary

Diabetes Ups Death Risk Overall, Study Shows

Cancer, infectious diseases, even suicide, more common among diabetics

Gene Therapy Against HIV Not a Proven Cure, Experts Say

While promising, more research is needed to see if technique really works

Dramatic Drop in Blood Infections Among ICU Patients: CDC

But number of cases still too high in other health care settings, agency adds

Hospital Spending Doesn't Affect Sepsis Survival Rates

Lower costs for treatment would have saved $332 million, study finds

Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Reveals

The more sex partners, the more likely a man will have the cancer-linked virus, research shows

Rectal Gel Could Help Ward Off HIV: Study

But more research needed before treatment can be released to the public, experts say

Virus Unlikely to Advance Deadly Lung Disease: Study

Research contradicts previous finding that viral infections worsen idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Plague Kills U.S. Lab Worker

First case in lab work in 50 years reported by government

Timely Care May Be Key to Treating Infected Cuts

Type of antibiotic mattered less than good first-aid, even for resistant staph, study in kids suggests

Fast Response Crucial in Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: Study

Scientists say swift action can contain the problem, limit number of infections

Kids With Perforated Appendix May Benefit From Early Surgery

Benefits include less time lost, fewer complications, study finds

Zinc May Help Ease Common Cold: Analysis

Review of 15 trials suggests it can shorten duration, severity of sickness

Skin Infections Can Spread Easily Among Athletes

But outbreaks of herpes, ringworm and MRSA are preventable, dermatologist says

Mom's HIV May Lower Baby's Immunity to Other Diseases

Lower levels of antibodies to whooping cough, tetanus seen in newborns exposed but not infected

'Universal' Flu Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

Such a shot would eliminate need to reformulate vaccine each year, but it's still years away, experts say

New Antibiotic Helps Prevent Recurrence of Dangerous Gut Infection

Fidaxomicin targets C.difficile but leaves most 'good' bacteria unharmed, researchers explain

Pediatricians Issue New Vaccination Recommendations

Meningitis, whooping cough targeted in new schedule

Infectious Disease Experts Call for More Focus on Hepatitis C

Rates among drug users have not plummeted like HIV, study finds

Wild Hogs in Texas Pose Infection Risk to Humans

Use caution when handling wild game, officials urge

CDC Issues Guidance on Daily Pill to Prevent Infection With HIV

Truvada should not been seen as a replacement for condom use, agency stresses

Fear of Vaccines Has a Long, Persistent History

Multiple factors may keep some people suspicious of even routine shots, experts say

Commuters May Catch More Than the Bus, Tram

Study finds public transit passengers at risk of respiratory infection, but daily use more protective

Pets May Pass Illnesses to Owners

Sleeping with or being licked by dogs or cats can be conduit for disease, experts warn

H1N1 Flu Is Raging in Britain; Could U.S. Be Next?

Different strain predominates now among Americans, but that situation could change, experts say

Study Questions Safety of Pneumonia Treatment Guidelines

In cases with suspected multi-drug resistance, multiple antibiotics may not always be best

Scientists Map Key Structure HIV Uses to Infect Cells

Details on gene-delivering 'capsid' could point the way to new drugs

Metal Tongue Piercings Linked to Raised Infection Risks

Study found plastic studs harbored less bacteria

Predatory Bacteria May Help Control Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

In lab, tiny hunters invaded, destroyed majority of dangerous bacteria tested on them

Scientists Find Way to Stop Spread of Bird Flu in Chickens

Genetic modification prevented transmission from sick birds to others in same pen

Flu Season Looks Normal This Year, Experts Say

Getting a shot still worthwhile; seniors most vulnerable to prevalent strain

Most Guidelines for Infectious Diseases Don't Come From Clinical Trial Findings

Majority grounded in expert opinion, case studies, research shows

Private Rooms Cut Infection Risk in the ICU: Study

Hospital's switch from multibed to single occupancy led to fewer infections, shorter stays

Health Tip: Infections May Strike Bones

Who's at risk for osteomyelitis

Nose May Be Best Place to Screen for MRSA Infection

High levels of the bacteria there means other body sites are likely colonized, study finds

Circumcision Helps Cut HPV Transmission Rate, Study Finds

Procedure in males offered partial protection from STD among female partners in Uganda

Rabid Stray Dog Spurs Shots for Shelter Workers: Report

Case in which 36 dogs were euthanized puts spotlight on need to vaccinate pets, CDC says

Guidelines Issued for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections

Infectious disease specialists seek to standardize treatment for potentially deadly germ

Tooth Loss May Be Linked to Memory Loss

Gum infection may cause inflammation that affects the brain, researcher suggests

Anesthesiologists Spreading Germs During Surgery: Study

Expert calls for more compliance with hand-washing guidelines before operations

Timely Surgery Appears to Cut Infection Risk, Costs

Elective procedures should be performed on the day of admittance, researchers suggest

New Drug Strategy Shows Promise Against HIV

Experimental agent disrupts mechanism virus uses to enter cells, scientists say

Take Precautions Against Cholera if Headed to Haiti: CDC

Simple steps can help shield against the potentially deadly disease

Primate Immune System Differences Identified

Research may also help explain why chimpanzees don't routinely develop AIDS after HIV exposure