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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)

Environmental conditions found to affect stability of virus that causes COVID-19
A new study led by Marshall University researcher M. Jeremiah Matson found that environmental conditions affect the stability of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human nasal mucus and sputum. (2020-06-19)

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)

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)

Genetic diversity predicts susceptibility to a deadly emerging disease
Like nearly a third of all amphibians, the Italian agile frog is a declining species facing potential extinction. Does reduced genetic diversity over a large portion of a species' range imply similarly widespread disease risk? In the April issue of Ecology Letters, Pearman and Garner report an experimental test of this prediction. (2005-04-07)

NIH recognizes IU as leader in STD research
Major NIH grant bolsters Indiana University's prominent position as one of only six sexually transmitted disease research centers in the United States. (2004-11-05)

Bacteria-killing vs. bacteria-inhibiting drugs in treating infections
When treating an infection, physicians may face a choice between using a bactericidal (bacteria-killing) drug, a bacteriostatic (bacteria-inhibiting) drug or a combination of the two. The solution is not always obvious, particularly since a drug that is bactericidal for one strain of bacteria may only inhibit the growth of another strain, according to an article in the November 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2004-10-20)

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)

International public health expert Jeffrey Koplan addresses emerging infectious diseases conference
Many of the dominant public health topics of the past two years, including smallpox, SARS, avian influenza, and mad cow disease, illustrate the complex relationship between the science of public health and infectious diseases and the practice of public health and politics. Dr. Jeffrey Koplan will bring his personal views and experiences to bear on the critical interactions among government and the scientific and public health communities. (2004-03-01)

Sessions on bioterrorism featured at Tropical Medicine Meeting
The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has just added a special session, (2001-11-09)

Two centres for infectious diseases established
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a so-called centre subsidy to two research centres which are currently being established. Each centre will receive a total of 1.35 million euros. These funds must be used by the centres over the next five years to carry out multidisciplinary research towards the prevention, management or treatment of infectious diseases in the Netherlands or in developing countries. The focus is on flu, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. (2004-02-05)

More aid required for chronic conditions in low income countries
Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer result in more deaths and account for more years of healthy life lost than most communicable diseases, and yet little international aid is focused on preventing or treating these conditions. Cardiovascular disease causes 30 percent of all deaths globally and 27 percent of deaths in low income countries. By comparison, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, combined, account for 10 percent of all deaths globally and 11 percent of death in developing countries. (2007-01-17)

Early warning: Internet surveillance predicts disease outbreak
The habit of Googling for an online diagnosis before visiting a GP can provide early warning of an infectious disease epidemic. (2014-01-16)

Plant disease -- more than a crop killer
The devastating consequences of emerging infectious diseases on crops in developing countries and their economic and social impacts are often underestimated, according to a new study by Maurizio Vurro and his colleagues from the Institute of the Science of Food Production in Italy. The authors call for local governments and international communities to establish better mechanisms for monitoring and managing emerging infectious diseases in developing countries. Their findings are published in Springer's journal, Food Security. (2010-06-07)

Physician organizations urge Secretary Thompson to defend NIH review process
In light of growing controversy that has emerged over congressional scrutiny of certain grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson calling on him to support the public health value of research and to defend the integrity of the peer-review process that funds federal research grants. (2003-11-10)

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)

Study finds few new antibiotics are in the pipeline
Despite a critical need for new antibiotics to treat drug-resistant infections and other infectious diseases, very few new antibiotics are being developed, according to a study in the May 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2004-04-19)

Smallpox vaccine may cause harmless skin rashes
People who have never received a smallpox vaccination may develop any of a variety of benign skin rashes a few days after getting vaccinated for smallpox that should not be confused with a more serious complication of the vaccine, according to an article in the April 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2004-03-17)

Sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis and the HIV-1/AIDS epidemic in Africa
The effect of HIV-1 on other infectious diseases in Africa is an increasing public health concern. In a review in this week's issue of THE LANCET, Elizabeth Corbett from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and the Harare Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe, and colleagues describe the role that three major infectious diseases-malaria, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis-have had in the HIV-1 epidemic. (2002-06-20)

Researchers find that antiretroviral therapy reduces HIV in the female reproductive tract
For the first time, investigators in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have determined how antiretroviral therapy affects the way HIV disseminates and establishes infection in the female reproductive tract. These observations have significant implications for future HIV prevention, vaccine and cure studies. (2016-02-08)

Study examines trends in infectious disease mortality in US
In a study appearing in the Nov. 22/29 issue of JAMA, Heidi E. Brown, Ph.D., of the University of Arizona, Tucson, and colleagues investigated trends in infectious disease mortality in the United States from 1980 through 2014. (2016-11-22)

Rutgers College of Nursing conference speaker to discuss ebola and Marburg viruses Nov. 15
Jerry P. Jaax, associate president for research compliance, Kansas State University, will speak about bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases: ebola and Marburg viruses at the Fourth Annual Conference On Emerging Infectious Diseases sponsored by the Nursing Center for Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases Preparedness in collaboration with the Center for Professional Development at the College of Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. (2007-10-23)

Bacterial infection may cause or worsen asthma attacks in children
A type of bacteria called Mycoplasma pneumoniae could be responsible for triggering asthma attacks in children who have never experienced them before, and may exacerbate wheezing in children who already have asthma, according to a study in the May 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2004-04-30)

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may be useful in an influenza pandemic
Recent concerns about the possibility of a serious influenza pandemic have spurred many countries to start stockpiling vaccines and antiviral agents. However, an article in the July 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online, proposes that cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins could be helpful, and would be more readily available in the event of a global influenza pandemic. (2006-06-13)

International recommendations for nontuberculous mycobacteria
After 13 years, international Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine societies have jointly issued new recommendations for the treatment of patients with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Current recommendations for action are urgently needed, because in recent years the incidence of lung disease caused by NTMs has increased significantly in Germany and other European countries. Professor Christoph Lange from the Research Center Borstel and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) has been involved with the European Respiratory Society (ERS). (2020-07-13)

Study examines recurrent wound botulism in injection drug users
Botulism is a rare disease and recurrent botulism even more rare. However, in California, recurrent wound botulism among injection drug users has been on the rise and makes up three-quarters of reported cases in the United States. A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and currently available online examines this problem. (2011-02-25)

Additional benefits of measles vaccination revealed
Vaccination against measles doesn't just protect people from the measles virus -- it also prevents other infectious diseases from taking advantage of peoples' immune systems after they have been damaged by measles, according to a new study. (2015-05-07)

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)

Social distancing is instinctive but hard for humans and animals
Human beings and animals will practice social distancing to avoid disease--to a point. But for humans, benefits such as ''global disease surveillance, rapid global communication and centralized governments with public health departments,'' may be wasted if we choose our social instincts over the evolutionary instinct that tells us to stay away from areas of potential infection. (2020-08-26)

Bacterial pneumonia patients at increased risk of major heart problems
A new study suggests patients hospitalized with pneumonia may be at serious risk of new or worsening heart problems. The study is published in the July 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, currently available online. (2007-06-18)

Hong Kong hospital reports possible airborne influenza transmission
In a study published in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the authors examine an influenza outbreak in a Hong Kong hospital and the possible role of aerosol transmission. (2010-11-22)

Scientist receives NIH grant to find cure for infectious disease
A Clemson University scientist was awarded a two-year, $147,157 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to find a cure for an infectious disease. (2014-03-19)

Demmler-Harrison honored for devoted work with pediatric society
Dr. Gail Demmler-Harrison has been awarded the Society for Pediatric Research 2009 Thomas Hazinski, M.D,. Distinguished Service Award. (2009-05-08)

Vaccine shows promise in preventing mono
A new study suggests that a vaccine targeting Epstein-Barr virus may prevent infectious mononucleosis, commonly known as (2007-12-10)

New study identifies louse-borne diseases that ravaged Napoleon's army
Using dental pulp extracted from the teeth of soldiers who died during Napoleon's disastrous retreat through Russia in 1812, a new study finds DNA evidence that epidemic typhus and trench fever ran rampant among the French Grand Army. The study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online, identifies the specific species of louse-borne pathogens that were a major cause of death among the remains of the retreating army. (2005-12-15)

Ecology drives the worldwide distribution of human diseases
Comparative analyses reveal that human pathogens increase towards the equator and that the relationship is linked to climate - this has important implications for global biodiversity, public health and environmental epidemiology. (2004-06-15)

Light-sensitive gloves reduce risk of germ transfer
High technology is now at our fingertips - literally. A new type of disposable glove emits chlorine dioxide when exposed to light or moisture, killing potentially harmful microbes and making it ideal for use among health care and food workers, according to a study in the March 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2004-03-03)

Leading scientists gather to discuss developments in infectious disease research
More than 2,000 leading researchers and scientists in the area of infectious and emerging disease are expected to attend the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to discuss science and issues related to the prevention and treatment of global health threats. (2006-10-18)

Societies recommend policies to retain, increase ranks of ID physician scientists
Improved compensation, expanded mentorship and training opportunities, and concrete measures to improve workforce diversity are all needed to address attrition from the ranks of physician scientists specializing in infectious diseases, and to ensure that the next generation of that work force is sufficient to bring quests for new life-saving treatments and cures to fruition, according to recommendations released today by IDSA, HIVMA and PIDS. (2018-08-14)

BMC physicians to lead international research collaboration to curb infectious diseases
Boston Medical Center has been chosen to lead an investigation aimed at developing novel approaches to prevent tuberculosis. (2010-09-27)

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