Singapore To Host An International Symposium On Genetics & Genomics Of Infectious Diseases (21-24 March 2009)

March 23, 2009

Classical and emerging infectious diseases, viral pandemics, and drug-resistant pathogens remain challenges to human health. However, contemporary advances in genetics and genomic technologies provide new approaches to understanding and combating these diseases. The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) are partnering with Nature Publishing Group (NPG) to organize an international conference to discuss how the genomes, unique biologies, and interactions of both host and pathogen are being revealed using novel genomic technologies, and how this information can and will translate into disease management and therapies. This conference will engage basic and clinical scientists, including human geneticists, genome scientists, computational biologists, and experts in pathogenic microbial agents to chart the effects of genomics on questions in global infectious disease management. Session titles:
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Cousin-marriage Children Under Greater Threat From Infectious Disease

March 21, 2009

Human populations where close relatives marry are more likely to suffer from infectious diseases. Novel research published in the journal Biology Letters shows that populations in The Gambia-where around a third of marriages are between second cousins-are more susceptible to diseases such as hepatitis B and tuberculosis (TB).

“Consanguinity is the extent to which two individuals are related when they marry, so we talk about consanguineous relationships, for example, when two second cousins marry,” says corresponding author Professor William Amos from the University of Cambridge. There are a number of populations worldwide where second cousin marriages are common and even encouraged. Scientists already know that some heritable conditions such as heart defects are commoner in these populations, but this study is the first to look at the effects of consanguinity on infectious diseases.
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ASHP, Infectious Disease Specialists Take New Look At Vancomycin

January 19, 2009

A consensus statement recently published in the January 1, 2009 , issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP), sheds new light on the appropriate use and monitoring of vancomycin in adult patients.

Vancomycin is one of the most-widely used antibiotics for the treatment of serious gram-positive infections involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ). The practice of routine monitoring and adjusting of drug dosages based on serum vancomycin concentrations has been the subject of intense debate for many years.
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ASHP, Infectious Disease Specialists Take New Look At Vancomycin

January 10, 2009

A consensus statement recently published in the January 1, 2009 , issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP), sheds new light on the appropriate use and monitoring of vancomycin in adult patients.

Vancomycin is one of the most-widely used antibiotics for the treatment of serious gram-positive infections involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ). The practice of routine monitoring and adjusting of drug dosages based on serum vancomycin concentrations has been the subject of intense debate for many years.
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