Misc. Infections News

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5/1/2009
Newly Identified Compounds May Inhibit Strep Infection

Discovery shows promise for reducing bacterial growth

5/1/2009
Swine Flu Infections Now Top 140 in U.S.

But current H1N1 strain lacks "virulent characteristics" of deadly 1918 virus, CDC notes

4/30/2009
Swine Flu Infections Surpass 100 in U.S.

Mexico prepares for shutdown of many public services to head off infections

4/30/2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Still Months Away

Search for correct formulation, egg-based production system are biggest challenges, experts say

4/29/2009
First Swine Flu Death Reported in U.S.

23-month-old boy from Mexico had traveled to Houston for medical treatments, reports say

4/28/2009
U.S. Swine Flu Cases Surpass 60

CDC warns that some deaths are likely

4/28/2009
Experts Say Panic Over Swine Flu Is Premature

Transmission, death rate much lower than SARS, and true severity of outbreak still unknown

4/27/2009
40 Swine Flu Cases Now Reported in U.S.

Health officials checking persons entering the country for signs of sickness

4/27/2009
Universal Flu Vaccine Shows Promise

Researchers report low dose triggered immune response

4/26/2009
U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Response to Swine Flu

A precautionary measure, the move allows federal and state governments easier access to flu tests and medications

4/25/2009
WHO Warns of Possible Pandemic as Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu

3 new cases reported in United States, health officials say

4/24/2009
At Least 20 Dead, Hundreds Ill in Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico

Officials find links between Mexican virus and strain that sickened 8 people in California, Texas

4/23/2009
Swine Flu Cases Now Total 7: CDC

All patients, in California and Texas, have recovered from unique virus

4/16/2009
Study Reveals How Salmonella 'Hijacks' Cells

Researchers spot mechanism that may be applicable to other pathogens

4/16/2009
Less Than Half of Young Women Screened for Chlamydia

Sexually active females risk infertility, ectopic pregnancy from the infection, CDC warns

4/8/2009
New TB Vaccine Passes Safety Trial

Experimental preparation was tested in people with latent infection

4/7/2009
Smoking Ups Infection Risk for Lung Disease Patients

It lowers immune system's defense to bacteria that threaten those with COPD, study says

4/5/2009
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk

Experts say common denominator may be inflammation, suggest heart-healthy diet

4/2/2009
New Antibiotic Could Shorten TB Treatment

Less time to completion may boost patient compliance, outcomes, researchers say

4/2/2009
Starting HIV Therapy Earlier Saves Lives

Study casts doubt on notion that antiretrovirals can be postponed till later in infection

3/27/2009
Third of EMS Stethoscopes Carry MRSA Bacterium

Doctor urges first responders to clean equipment regularly with alcohol wipes

3/27/2009
Treatment Target for Herpes Pinpointed

Study finds VP16 is molecular key that unlocks the virus from latent state

3/25/2009
Circumcision Guards Against STDs

Study finds procedure dramatically reduces transmission of herpes, human papillomavirus

3/24/2009
Drug-Coated Sponges May Limit Catheter Infections

More than 10% of ICU patients are thought to develop these infections

3/23/2009
Study Links Smoking to Increased Risk of Pancreatitis

Almost half of cases examined were attributable to tobacco use, researchers say

3/23/2009
3/20/2009
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread

E-monitoring of hand washing, better room cleaning and checks on patient transfers are key, studies find

3/19/2009
Stress May Encourage E. Coli Illness

Anxiety-linked hormones could spur the stomach bug's activity, research suggests

3/18/2009
Course of West Nile Infection Charted

Scientists found levels of certain cytokines spiked during disease stage

3/18/2009
Trial Vaccine May Protect Against Serious Viral Infection

Women given injection could cut risk for CMV in half, study suggests

3/17/2009
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals

Animals exposed to treated air from patient rooms less likely to be infected, study finds

3/11/2009
Malaria Drug Doesn't Boost Survival Odds With Prion Diseases

Oral quinacrine showed no benefit for brain-wasting disorders such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob

3/6/2009
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?

Turkish study finds 95% of headsets contaminated with bacteria that could infect patients

3/3/2009
Concerted Effort Needed to Fight Drug-Resistant Flu Strain

Other medications could be effective, while flu shot is best bet, experts say

2/28/2009
Travel Safety Can Be a Passport to Good Health

Just because it's a resort, doesn't mean precautions should be abandoned, experts note

2/26/2009
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk

Findings may clarify why fall and winter infants more likely to develop asthma

2/24/2009
Most HIV-Infected Prisoners Go Untreated After Release

And that can pose a big public health threat, researchers warn

2/17/2009
MRSA Cases Dropping in Hospital ICUs

Prevention efforts have led to declines of up to 70 percent, CDC researchers say

2/10/2009
Low Humidity Levels Help Flu Germs Spread

Finding explains why infection more common in winter months

2/4/2009
RSV to Blame for 1 in 13 Pediatrician Visits

Respiratory virus strikes healthy kids, and it affects more youngsters than flu, study finds

2/3/2009
U.S. Flu Season Off to Slow Start

Fewer cases so far suggest a mild flu season, officials say

1/30/2009
Tracking Down a Salmonella Outbreak

CDC report details how health officials first spotted, chased down source and spread of tainted peanut product

1/29/2009
Old Tech Helps Soldiers With New Wound Infection

Antibiotic-laced bone cement cuts complications that could cost them a limb

1/29/2009
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk

They may share common underlying trait, but connection is vague, study says

1/29/2009
All Products at Georgia Peanut Plant Recalled

Recall covers everything made in the last two years; lawmakers demand criminal probe after U.S. health officials say company sent out questionable peanut products long before salmonella outbreak

1/28/2009
In the World of Germs, Man Bites Dog

Study finds owners had more multiple drug-resistant strains than their pets

1/24/2009
Seventh Salmonella Death Linked to Peanut Products

At least 38 companies across U.S. involved in recalls as salmonella outbreak action continues; Girl Scouts, Hershey and Kraft Foods say their products are safe

1/23/2009
CDC Warns of Rise in Childhood Infections Tied to Meningitis Germ

5 cases, 1 fatal, in Minnesota could be linked to shortage of vaccine, officials say

1/23/2009
Drug Impedes Body's Deadly Reaction to Flu Virus

Finding may help prevent spread of lung infections, including pandemic strains

1/23/2009
Salmonella Common in U.S. Poultry

2 outbreaks highlight the dangers of infection from live birds, report shows