• Preoperative CHG Bathing: The Evidence and the Issues
    This report addresses patient skin cleansing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) as an effective intervention in the arsenal against surgical site infections (SSIs). It reviews current conversation among experts, looks at various studies in the medical literature, and ...More
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  • CDC Issues Guidance for Labs Managing and Testing Routine Clinical Specimens for Ebola
    Clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion and consult their local and state health departments and CDC when ill travelers from Ebola-affected countries are identified; it is important to recognize that the likelihood of EVD even among symptomatic travelers ...More
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  • Latent HIV May Lurk in 'Quiet' Immune Cells, Research Suggests
    Drugs for HIV have become adept at suppressing infection, but they still can't eliminate it. That's because the medication in these pills doesn't touch the virus' hidden reserves, which lie dormant within infected white blood cells. Unlock the secrets of this pool of latent ...More
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  • Steady as She Goes: The Case for Daily Patient Bathing as part of a Bundled Intervention Protocol
    In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1, Noto et al. found that in a “single-center, multi-ICU, cluster randomized, crossover study, once daily bathing with chlorhexidine did not reduce the rate of the composite primary ...More
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  • Study Explores Chlorhexidine Bathing in ICUs
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have found that bathing critically ill patients with disposable chlorhexidine cloths did not decrease the incidence of healthcare-associated infections when compared to less expensive nonantimicrobial cloths, according to a ...More
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  • Research Uncovers Connection Between Craigslist Personals, HIV Trends
    Craigslist's entry into a market results in a 15.9 percent increase in reported HIV cases, according to research from the University of Minnesota published in the December issue of MIS Quarterly. When mapped at the national level, more than 6,000 HIV cases annually and ...More
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  • Shared Symptoms of Chikungunya Virus, Rheumatoid Arthritis May Cloud Diagnosis
    A mosquito-borne virus that has spread to the Caribbean and Central and South America and has caused isolated infections in Florida often causes joint pain and swelling similar to that seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers at Washington University School ...More
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  • New Molecular Target Identified for Treating Cerebral Malaria
    A drug already approved for treating other diseases may be useful as a treatment for cerebral malaria, according to researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. They discovered a novel link between food intake during the early stages of infection and the ...More
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  • Study Shows Tamiflu Gets Patients Back on Their Feet Faster, Reduces Flu Complications
    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the use of antiviral drugs to help treat influenza, in a year when the available vaccine is not a good match for the current strain. Now, new evidence about a popular antiviral—often ...More
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