• New Approach May Render Disease-Causing Staph Harmless
    A multi-institution collaboration between U.S. and Taiwanese scientists, including researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has uncovered a completely new treatment ...More
    February 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Toxin Closes Gate on Immune Response
    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have demonstrated that a bacterial toxin from the common bacterium Staphylococcus aureus shuts down the control mechanism of the tunnel, called an ion channel, in immune cell membranes. Shutting down ion ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Vaccine for Stomach Flu May be Possible
    Every year, millions of people are infected with noroviruses -- commonly called “stomach flu” -- often resulting in up to 72 hours of vomiting and diarrhea. While most people recover in a few days, the symptoms can lead to dehydration and - in rare cases, especially among ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Component Hardware Group Introduces Antimicrobial Ice Scoop
    LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- Recent publicized reports have documented that improper handwashing, food handling and equipment maintenance are to blame for high levels of coliform bacteria in ice served in restaurants and cafeterias—in some cases, toilet water was even found to be ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • APIC Issues Statement on Need for Increased Prevention Measures for Healthcare-Associated Infections
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Kathy Warye, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), issued the following statement: "APIC is concerned with the increased rate of antibiotic resistant infections -- as high as 70 percent according to recent ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Gene Chips Used to Distinguish Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia from Underlying Critical Illness
    Critically ill patients who need a ventilator to breathe face a high risk of pneumonia. The lung infection, however, is exceedingly difficult to diagnose because a patient's underlying condition often skews laboratory test results and masks pneumonia's symptoms – a reality ...More
    February 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • It’s Back to the Basics for Fighting Children’s Cold, Flu Symptoms Safely
    The headlines alone are enough to make any parent’s head spin: “Cold Meds Send 7,000 Children a Year to the ER,” “FDA Warns Cold Drugs Are Too Risky for Babies,” and “Flu Drugs Causing Problems in Kids.” But then add such alarming reports as “Common Cold Virus Turns into a ...More
    February 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 2-8, 2008
    Hospitals, healthcare organizations and patient groups across the globe will join the National Patient Safety Foundation in celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2008. The theme of the week, “Patient Safety: A Road Taken Together,” emphasizes a collective ...More
    February 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sexual History Shouldn’t Guide HPV Vaccination
    Targeting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to sexually active young adult women at greatest risk for contracting one or more of the HPV strains known to cause cervical cancer and genital warts might seem like an effective strategy. But a new study from researchers at ...More
    February 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Expert Disputes Interpretation of Hand Hygiene Survey at University of Nebraska Medical Center
    ARLINGTON, Va. -- A recent medical study’s results are being misconstrued and receiving attention for the wrong reasons. The study, published in the January issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, focused on hand hygiene and whether alcohol-based hand gel ...More
    February 11, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene