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Infectious diseases bring millions of elderly to emergency departments each year
Investigators estimate that during 2012, there were more than 3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases among elderly US adults. (2016-01-04)

EPIDEMICS(3) The Third International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics
We are pleased to announce that the Third International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics -- EPIDEMICS(3) -- will take place in Boston, Mass., in November 2011 (2011-03-31)

Microbial Threats to Health: IOM Symposium Explores 2 Decades of Progress
A two-day symposium will explore how much we have learned about new and re-emerging infectious diseases. (2012-12-05)

Infectious and non-infectious etiologies of cardiovascular disease in human immunodeficiency virus i
Less than fifty percent of HIV-infected patients achieve viral suppression in medically underserved areas. Clinicians practicing in these areas must be aware of the manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular complications observed in patients with untreated or poorly treated HIV. (2016-08-03)

Rino Rappuoli honored for his work in vaccines and vaccinology
Dr. Rino Rappuoli has been chosen to receive the 2011 ESCMID Award for Excellence on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). He has been awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of vaccines and vaccinology. The award of €10,000 will be presented to the researcher at the 21st ECCMID / 27th ICC meeting in Milan, Italy, which takes place from May 7-10, 2011. (2011-05-06)

Scientists use remote satellite imaging to predict outbreaks of infectious disease
Scientists in the USA have established a way to predict outbreaks of cholera, making it easier to control. This finding could provide a model to predict and potentially control outbreaks of other important infectious diseases. (2008-09-02)

Levels of prion protein in brain may not be reliable marker for disease
Rapid diagnostic testing used to check for the presence of prion diseases such as (2007-11-30)

Newly discovered infectious prion structure shines light on mad cow disease
Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta has identified the structure of the infectious prion protein, the cause of 'mad cow disease' or BSE, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which has long remained a mystery. (2016-09-08)

Secondhand smoke increases hospital admissions for all types of infectious diseases
Children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke are more likely to get severe infectious diseases and have to be admitted to hospital, finds research published online ahead of print in Tobacco Control. (2008-05-27)

PIDS supports IDSA statement on involuntary quarantine of healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected countries
The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society endorses a statement from the Infectious Diseases Society of America regarding involuntary quarantine of healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected countries. (2014-10-28)

Higher risk of infectious disease with both high and low cholesterol
The so-called good cholesterol, HDL, is associated with infectious disease, new research from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital shows. (2018-04-10)

World leaders in infectious diseases convene to discuss emerging global viruses
Nearly 2,700 leading researchers and scientists in the area of infectious and emerging disease are expected to attend the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to discuss the prevention and treatment of global health threats in New Orleans, Dec. 7-11, 2008. (2008-10-02)

For hospitalized patients with fungal infections, specialists save lives
Fungal bloodstream infections are responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 people every year. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that the death rate can be reduced by 20% if infectious disease specialists oversee care of such patients. (2019-09-25)

Tracking unexplained illness and death could help identify emerging infectious diseases
A method called prospective surveillance, which studies unexplained illness and death due to possibly infectious causes, allowed for earlier detection of emerging and reemerging infections in 73 percent of cases, Yale researchers conclude in a new study. (2001-08-07)

Problem of emerging infectious diseases likely to worsen
Emerging infectious diseases pose a global threat to human and animal health, and the problem is likely to worsen, warns an expert in this week's BMJ. The recent emergence of diseases, such as AIDS, SARS and avian flu, have catapulted emerging infectious diseases to the top of the medical and political agendas, and have highlighted the importance of wildlife as reservoirs or vectors for disease, writes Dr Andrew Cunningham. (2005-11-24)

Ozone treated water v. lethal microbial material
A University of Alberta research team has discovered that technology commonly used to decontaminate food industry equipment can also rid meat processing plants of lethal microbial material responsible for the human version of the ailment Mad Cow disease. (2012-03-02)

Infectious disease in marine life linked to decades of ocean warming
New research shows that long-term changes in diseases in ocean species coincides with decades of widespread environmental change. (2019-10-09)

Report focuses on sustainability of infectious disease surveillance
Just as the globalization of trade and travel is rapidly evolving, so is the globalization of infectious diseases and the need for cooperative approaches to detect, prevent and control them. (2012-07-17)

Syphilis survey reveals need for accurate testing for early infection
Although syphilis is one of the oldest known diseases, most health professionals do not have access to the tests necessary to reliably diagnose it in its earliest and most infectious stage. A recent survey of infectious diseases specialists regarding the diagnosis and treatment of syphilis appears in the Nov. 15, 2009, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2009-10-22)

Global biotech firm partners with CHEO researcher to address a technology gap in infectious disease
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute is pleased to announce that one of its principal investigators in infectious disease has signed a contract with Life Technologies, an internationally renowned biotech tools company headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., to share information that will help to develop tests that uniquely amplify and detect the DNA coding for infectious diseases. Dr. Robert Slinger will focus on bacteria that cause severe infectious diseases. (2011-10-03)

Understanding biases in epidemic models important when making public health predictions
Mathematical models have become invaluable decision-making tools for public health officials. As demonstrated during the United Kingdom's foot-and-mouth epidemic of 2001, models can be useful in two ways: they can reveal the underlying characteristics of an infection and they can allow the comparison of alternative control measures. Often, however, such models make implicit assumptions that may systematically bias their predictions, say researchers at the University of Georgia. (2005-07-25)

Nordic researchers: A quarter of the world's population at risk of developing tuberculosis
A new study from Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University, Denmark, has shown that probably 1 in 4 people in the world carry the tuberculosis bacterium in the body. The disease tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, which affects more than 10 million people every year, and kills up to 2 million, making it the most deadly of the infectious diseases. (2019-08-02)

Better methods and estimates of infectious disease burden
Better estimates of infectious disease burden are needed for effective planning and prioritizing of limited public health resources. These are the conclusions of a new Policy Forum article in this week's PLoS Medicine, in which Mirjam Kretzschmar from the Centre for Infectious Disease Control, RIVM in Bilthoven, and colleagues, describe the Burden of Communicable Diseases in Europe study. (2012-04-17)

Infectious diseases cause significant emergency visits, hospitalizations for older adults
In a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers calculated that infectious diseases account for 13.5 percent of emergency room (ER) visits involving older adults -- a higher percentage than ER visits for heart attacks and congestive heart failure combined. Infectious diseases are those that can be passed from person-to-person and caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites. (2016-02-01)

BMC awarded NIH grant to train Ugandans in basic research on TB
Boston Medical Center was recently awarded a five-year, $861,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center to train Ugandans in basic research involving tuberculosis and emerging infectious diseases at Boston University School of Medicine. The award was funded by Fogarty's Global Infectious Disease Research Training program, and seeks to build research capacity related to infectious diseases that are endemic in developing countries. (2014-06-16)

New study finds no link between Kawasaki disease and newly discovered coronavirus
A newly described virus is not a cause of Kawasaki disease, according to an article by a group of researchers in Denver, Colo. Their article appears in the Dec. 15 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2006-11-20)

UTHealth's Barbara Murray honored by Rice University
Barbara Murray, M.D., director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, was recognized by the Association of Rice Alumni at its Laureates Dinner May 16. (2015-07-10)

Effect of climate change on infectious diseases unknown to half of the population
Although it is a widely known scientific fact that infectious diseases emerge and re-emerge due to climate change, a study which included the involvement of the UAB published in PlosOne reveals that 48.9% of the population surveyed are not aware of this relation. (2020-11-25)

2002 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
Journalists are invited to attend and cover the 2002 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, to be held March 24-27, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting is being organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Society for Microbiology, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the CDC Foundation, the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the World Health Organization. (2002-02-01)

UTSA professor receives grant to study how Lyme disease survives in hosts
Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of biology and associate dean of The Graduate School at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has received a $404,250 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to support his research to better understand and prevent the spread of Lyme disease. (2017-02-02)

Getting under the skin of prion disorders
Infectious prion proteins -- the causative agents of the fatal neurodegenerative disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease -- can be detected in the skin of afflicted individuals, researchers now report. (2017-11-22)

Rockefeller scientist to speak at AAAS on infections as genetic disorders
Rockefeller University's Jean-Laurent Casanova is to present evidence that infectious diseases in the general population are frequently genetic disorders. (2010-02-17)

Newly identified tadpole disease found across the globe
Scientists have found that a newly identified and highly infectious tadpole disease is found in a diverse range of frog populations across the world. The discovery sheds new light on some of the threats facing fragile frog populations, which are in decline worldwide. (2015-08-10)

27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Media can register now for the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Vienna, Saturday 22 April to Tuesday 25 April 2017. Registration for bona fide journalists is free. The world's leading experts will come together to discuss the latest developments in infectious diseases, infection control and clinical microbiology at the largest, most comprehensive and most influential conference combining these topics (2017-03-01)

Fourth Annual IDWeek brings together internationally-recognized infectious disease experts
Infectious disease experts nationwide will gather in Philadelphia for the 4th annual IDWeek Oct. 7-11. (2015-10-02)

Comprehensive biodefense text published
A new book, Biological Weapons Defense: Infectious Disease and Counterbioterrorism, authoritatively explains the universe of scientific, medical, and legal issues facing the biodefense research community. Many of the contributors come from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), the nation's premier biodefense laboratory. In this 624-page, hardcover text, biodefense research experts cover preparation for possible acts of bioterrorism, medical countermeasures, emerging threats, and development of diagnostic tests for identifying biological warfare pathogens. (2005-05-18)

Large families and animals keep allergies at bay
Having siblings, keeping a pet, or living on a farm helps protect infants against the development of atopic (allergic) diseases, but early infections increase the risk, according to new research from Denmark. This study will be available on (2004-04-29)

Updated guidelines on diagnosis, treatment of Lyme disease
In response to growing concern and confusion about Lyme disease, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has updated its Clinical Practice Guidelines on the disease, in order to provide guidance to physicians and patients based on the latest scientific evidence. The guidelines were originally published in 2000. (2006-10-02)

Chickenpox: 'We cannot afford to treat this disease with contempt any longer'
In her commentary on chickenpox in children, Dr. Barbara Law warns that Canadians have become complacent about the dangers of the disease and, more importantly, about the ability to eradicate it through vaccination programs. (2001-05-14)

Fifth Annual IDWeek brings together internationally-recognized infectious disease experts
Infectious disease experts nationwide will gather in New Orleans for the 5th annual IDWeek Oct. 26-30. A combined meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), IDWeek features the latest in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV. (2016-10-24)

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