Infectious Disease

Innovating to Thwart Healthcare-Associated Infections

Vaccine trials, whole-genome sequencing and even new hospital furnishings may help scientists reduce the 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that occur in the United States annually.

Advances in Infection Control, Provider Safety and Patient Convenience

These devices take innovative approaches to fighting infection, helping healthcare workers perform strenuous tasks and streamlining care for patients.

Why the Worst Ebola Outbreak May Be Worse Than We Thought

The current Ebola epidemic is the most lethal episode of the disease since its discovery in 1976. And yet, even while more than tripling the number of deaths from any previous outbreak, the Ebola crisis may be vastly underestimated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Novel Technologies to Treat Cancer of the Liver at Akron General Medical Center

Primary liver cancer is relatively uncommon in the United States, although its incidence is rising, principally in relation to the spread of Hepatitis C infection.

Meningitis Survivor Supports Vaccine Approval

Though we would not invite difficult situations into our lives, some events are so positively life-changing that they are well worth the pain and hardship they cause, says Andy Marso, award-winning reporter for the Kansas Health Institute and author of Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me — Then Changed My Life for the Better.

It’s All in the Gut

Microbes in the human gut may prove to be the key to future therapies for much more than gastrointestinal disorders.

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Offers Hope to Immunocompromised Patients

There seemed to be no options. After undergoing an organ transplant, the patient was prescribed high-dose immunosuppressants, which facilitated acceptance of the donated organ but also crippled the patient’s infection-fighting mechanisms. The muted immune response allowed Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacteria to disrupt the patient’s gut bacterial balance.

Exposing an Elusive Virus

The most common intrauterine viral infection in the United States, cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for more deaths and long-term problems in children than Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome and neural tube defects. A breakthrough in the understanding of how CMV thwarts normal immune system response is a step forward in the development of a vaccine.

Antibiotic Carrier Powder Shows Promise of Preventing Bone Graft Infections

Calcium carbonate powder can be an effective antibiotic carrier to prevent bacterial infections in patients with bone grafts, according to researchers at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria.