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  • 10 Elements to Consider When Conducting an Infection Risk Assessment
    Almost everything we do in the healthcare industry is designed around one main focal point: patient safety. And infection prevention and control (IPC) is no exception. Industry leaders are developing IPC protocols to keep patient safety and outcomes at the forefront of all ...More
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  • CMS Surveys: A Primer for the Infection Preventionist
    By Elizabeth Srejic The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) maintains systems of oversight as part of its general mission to strengthen and modernize healthcare in the United States. Monitoring systems are a crucial component in CMS’s mission, factoring ...More
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  • Good Skin Health: The Hidden Factor in Hand Hygiene Compliance
    Even if they appear clean, your hands can be a vehicle for spreading potentially deadly foodborne illnesses and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). To reduce the transmission of pathogens, proper and regular hand care is key. Equally important is creating ...More
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  • Dengue Virus Exposure May Amplify Zika Infection
    Previous exposure to the dengue virus may increase the potency of Zika infection, according to research from Imperial College London. The early-stage laboratory findings, published in the journal Nature Immunology, suggests the recent explosive outbreak of Zika may have ...More
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  • Saint Louis University to Launch Human Zika Vaccine Trial
    Saint Louis University’s vaccine center has been tapped by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a human clinical trial of a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects in babies. ...More
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  • Researchers Devise Method of Faster Detection of Pathogens in the Lungs
    What used to take several weeks is now possible in two days: thanks to new molecular-based methods, mycobacterial pathogens that cause pulmonary infections or tuberculosis can now be detected much more quickly. Time-consuming bacteria cultures no longer need to be taken ...More
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  • Scientists Discover Antibodies Effective Against Dengue and Zika Viruses
    Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS, in collaboration with Imperial College London and the University of Vienna, Austria, have identified antibodies that can efficiently neutralize both the dengue virus and the Zika virus. The description of the binding site ...More
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  • Grant Funds App Creation to Diagnose Febrile Diseases
    The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded to Cornell University a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop FeverPhone, which will diagnose six febrile diseases in the field: dengue, malaria, ...More
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  • Novel Study in Nairobi Infants May Accelerate Path to HIV Vaccine
    The first and only study to look at isolate HIV-neutralizing antibodies from infants has found that novel antibodies that could protect against many variants of HIV can be produced relatively quickly after infection compared to adults. This suggests that various aspects of ...More
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  • WHO's TB Care Advice Violated Standards, Researchers Say
    The World Health Organization (WHO) violated sound standards of medical care and human rights by nudging poorer countries to follow less expensive, untested and largely ineffective treatment protocols for tuberculosis patients, a new paper by researchers at Duke, Brandeis ...More
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