Aggressive infection-control program protected Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients from acquiring clinic-based H1N1 influenza
Dec. 21, 2009
| By Dean Forbes
According to a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, aggressive infection-control and screening measures at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance during the spring 2009 H1N1 influenza epimedic protected immunocompromised cancer patients from the flu. While the Seattle area had a 100-fold increase in H1N1 cases, there was no corresponding increase among the patient population.
New VIDI investigator tracks down the cells and molecules used by human immune system to battle invasive fungal infections to improve care for immunocompromised patients
Aug. 24, 2009
Dr. Tobias Hohl came to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute in May with a mission: to track down the cells and molecules used by human immune system to battle invasive fungal infections, in an effort to improve care for immunocompromised patients who contract fungal diseases. Hohl's win of a Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology in July underscores his progress in a challenging field—challenging because, compared to bacterial and viral pathogens, fungal diseases are understudied and difficult to diagnose and treat.
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