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MCW Infectious Diseases/Biopreparedness News

Dr. Jackson Receives $2.2 Million NIH Grant to Study How Viruses Become Infectious

June 10 - William Jackson, PhD received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to study the ways in which specific viruses become infectious. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Willoughby discusses impact of travel on measles, other diseases

May 14 - In an interview with WUWM-FM, Dr. Rodney Willoughby discusses the impact of travel on the resurgence of such diseases as measles, mumps, whooping cough, and polio. WUWM

Why one man’s story should be motivation for prostate screening

May 12 - Fox 6 News profiled a local man whose prostate exam revealed cancer, and who received treatment at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Monday, May 12 is the annual free prostate screening at Miller Park. WITI-TV

Dr. Willoughby Discusses Cases Where Strep Throat Leads to Toxic Shock, Death

Apr 23 - In an article in Everyday Health, Dr. Rodney Willoughby discusses rare cases in which the bacteria responsible for causing strep throat — group A Streptococcus — can penetrate beyond the superficial surfaces of the body and lead to necrotizing fasciitis, toxic shock syndrome, and even death. Everyday Health

Study Involving Dr. Fangman Finds Addicts in Rural Areas Often Aren’t Screened for Hepatitis C

April 23 - Dr. John Fangman is a co-author of a study reported in Harm Reduction Journal that found that intravenous drug users in rural areas are often not screened for hepatitis C. Drug Addiction Treatment

Indian Newspaper Recognizes Dr. Willoughby for Contributions to Rabies Treatment

Mar 5 - A column on rabies in India’s The Hindu newspaper traces the contribution of Dr. Rodney Willoughby and his development of the Milwaukee Protocol as the only regimen recognized to save rabies patients. The Hindu

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Dr. Obermyer Reports that Most Flu Patients are in their 20s, 30s

Jan 28 - Dr. Mark Obermyer reported that most flu patients he has treated this year in are their 20s and 30s on a news report on WUWM-FM. WUWM-FM

Dr. Obermyer Provides Tips to Avoid the Flu

Jan 13 - Dr. Mark Obermyer provides tips on how to avoid the flu. Fox 6 News

Dr. Coburn Comments on Importance of Study on Lyme Disease

Dec 27 - Jenifer Coburn, PhD, provides expert comment to The Scientist on the importance of a University of Calgary/University of Connecticut study that found that a protein expressed in the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is necessary for both parts of the organism’s life cycle. The Scientist

Dr. Ledeboer Endorses Need for Updated HIV Algorithm

Dec 27 - Nathan Ledeboer, PhD, endorsed the development of an updated algorithm for HIV testing. CAP Today

Dr. Ledeboer Discusses New Tests Providing Faster Results for Sepsis

Dec 18 - Nate Ledeboer, PhD, said that new testing procedures for sepsis have reduced the waiting time for results to 50 hours, days sooner than previous methods. WUWM-FM

Dr. Havens Reports on NEJM Study Regarding Infant Whose HIV is in Remission

Oct 29 - Dr. Peter Havens provides expert comment on a New England Journal of Medicine study that reports that HIV is in remission in a Mississippi infant born with the virus. NBC News Health & New York Post

World Rabies Day is Sept. 28

Sept. 27 - Saturday, Sept. 28, is World Rabies Day, held on the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death. Pasteur gained international fame for developing the first rabies vaccine. Current estimates are that approximately 70,000 deaths occur annually from rabies, 40 percent of which are in children under 15 years of age.

Researcher to study new therapeutic targets for elephantiasis

Sept. 16 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a two-year, $475,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study new therapeutic targets for lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease that causes lymphedema and elephantiasis, characterized by severe swelling of the extremities.

Scientific American Cites Success of Milwaukee Protocol for Rabies Treatment

Sept 4 - A Scientific American article on rabies discusses the 2004 Jeanna Giese case when MCW physicians and Children’s staff were the first in the world to provide life-saving care for an unvaccinated rabies patient. Scientific American

Dr. Willoughby Cautions Against “Chicken Pox Parties”

Sept 4 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby discusses chicken pox in two different media interviews. Parents Magazine

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