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Authorities in Papua New Guinea fight to contain simultaneous outbreaks of cholera, influenza and dysentery

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University of Utah tests H2O disinfection on International Space Station

Space is not a fun place to get a stomach bug. To ensure drinking water is adequately disinfected, University of Utah chemists developed a two-minute water quality monitoring method that just started six months of tests aboard the International Space Station.

"Now they bring water back on the... Read More

Is a $10 Wal-Mart gift card worth a syphilis test?

"For more than 60 years, syphilis was largely on the decline. But in recent years, the venereal disease has been on the rise again — particularly in the post-recession South.

In Forsyth County, N.C., where the number of cases so far in 2009 — 140 — is more than triple all those reported in 20... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - Rhinovirus: Beyond the Common Cold

Rhinovirus is typically viewed as the cause of the common cold, but that is not the only disease it can cause.  In this ICAAC 2009 press panel participants present the latest research on the effects of rhinovirus beyond a cold including its potential role in asthma, new and emerging rhin... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - Infections in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are giving rise to new challenges to the infectious disease community. Soldiers fighting in those countries are acquiring infections that are not normally seen by doctors in the United States.  Participants discussed these foreign infections and the chall... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - The synergistic effect of a combination of three influenza drugs against H1N1

The latest research on H1N1 influenza taken from ICAAC's latebreaker slide abstracts, including the synergistic effect of a combination of three influenza drugs against drug-resistant virus, and a finding that patients are still infective over a week after initial symptoms appear, suggesting ... Read More

New drug Peramivir fights flu as well as Tamiflu does

Business Week reports "researchers delivered a double dose of good news Sunday in the fight against flu: successful tests of what could become the first new flu medicine in a decade, and the strongest evidence yet that such drugs save lives, not just shorten illness.

A single intravenous dose... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - New Issues in the Control of C. difficile

Clostridium difficile bacteria are a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, especially in hospital settings.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States C. difficile is responsible for tens of thousands of cases of diarrhea and at... Read More

TWiV 49: Viral genomes



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier


Vincent and Dick continue V... Read More

Master gene creates natural-born killers

The New Scientist reports that the discovery of the master gene behind the front-line troops of the body's immune system could promise a host of new treatments for disease. Called E4BP4, the gene kick-starts production of natural killer (NK) cells in the bone marrow.

Mice genetically engineer... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - The Rise of Hepatitis E

The infectious disease landscape is constantly changing.  As we develop treatments for and work to eradicate existing diseases, invariably new ones arise to take their place and sometimes old ones resurge.   Public health researcher Kenrad Nelson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg S... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - Tuberculosis: A Zoonosis?

Traditionally, tuberculosis has been viewed as a primarily human disease. Recent studies have found other sources of  Mycobacterium tuberculosis among animal populations including elephants, meerkats, dogs and baboons.  A related bacterium that can also cause disease in humans, M. b... Read More

Taking Swine Flu fashion to the streets

With school back in session but swine flu vaccine not yet available and various reports suggesting high fatalities from H1N1 while others say there is nothing to worry about, a New York Times reporter took to the streets wearing a $69 suit called the Pandemic Emergency Defense System manufacture... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - H1N1 Influenza Update

The emergence of the H1N1 influenza virus earlier this year has put the world on notice for the next influenza pandemic.  Participants in this press conference provide an overview of the current H1N1 situation and discuss recent advances concerning antiviral resistance, influenza-bacteri... Read More

School-Located Vaccination Planning Materials and Templates

Documents designed by the CDC to provide information for planning and conducting school-located 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination clinics that target school-aged children enrolled in school and potentially other groups in the community. The targeted audience for these materials is primarily state ... Read More

Disaster Plans Get a Second Look for Fall's Predicted Swine Flu Influx

"Even if swine flu remains a mild infection, the pandemic could be the tipping point for an emergency medical system teetering on the edge.

"The worry is, the health-care delivery system could be overwhelmed by people who are sick or think they are sick," said Kim Elliott of Trust for America... Read More

ICAAC 2009 - Overview Briefing

Members of the 2009 ICAAC Program Committee give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest.




  • Scott Hammer, Columbia University, New York, NY




  • M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital/Austin Health, Mel... Read More

An hour on the life of Charles Darwin with E.O. Wilson and James Watson

An hour on the life and work of Charles Darwin with James Watson, chancellor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and E.O. Wilson, professor emeritus, Harvard University. This aired on the Charlie Rose show on PBS. Read More

Potato Blight has the Genome of Death

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the mould that causes blight and found it keeps a huge arsenal of potato-destroying genes, ready to evolve around whatever defences taters can muster. On the plus side, the sequence also suggests ways to fight back.

Blight is caused by an oomycete or w... Read More

Defying expert expectations, clinical trials of H1N1 vaccine show one dose is effective

"Defying the expectations of experts, clinical trials are showing that the new H1N1 swine flu vaccine protects with only one dose instead of two, so the vaccine supplies now being made will go twice as far as had been predicted.

That means it should be possible to vaccinate — well before the ... Read More

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