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  • New Data Show Gains in Public Health Preparedness
    State and local health departments have made significant progress toward improving public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities, says a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Today's report indicates that our nation is better prepared ...More
    September 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Innovative Infectious Disease Hospital Opening in San Antonio
    Many Americans think tuberculosis (TB) has been eliminated in this country. But, while it is no longer as common or deadly as it was decades ago, it is estimated that more than a third of the world’s population is infected with the disease. The new Texas Center for ...More
    September 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • NIH Study Models H1N1 Flu Spread
    As the United States prepares for the upcoming flu season, a group of researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health continues to model how H1N1 may spread. The work is part of an effort, called the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), to develop ...More
    September 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine Lowers Risk of First Heart Attack
    The seasonal flu vaccine is associated with a 19 percent reduction in the rate of first heart attack and early vaccination in the fall further increases the benefits, found a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) As heart attacks increase ...More
    September 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Educational Materials Available During International Clean Hands Week
    The American Cleaning Institute is offering free informational materials on hand hygiene for parents, educators and healthcare professionals during International Clean Hands Week, Sept. 19-25, 2010. Tips, fact sheets, brochures and research can be found on ACI’s Web site at ...More
    September 21, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • CDI May Be a Regional Challenge
    Researchers from the Prevention Epicenters Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that increasing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rates could suggest that it is a regional problem and not merely a challenge isolated to a single healthcare ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Postoperative High Blood Sugar Appears to be Associated With SSIs
    High blood glucose levels after surgery may be an important risk factor for infection at the surgical site in patients having general surgery, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery. Surgical site infection accounts for 14 percent to 17 percent ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Canadian Infection Preventionists Invited to Nominate Their Champions
    In collaboration with 3M Canada, the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA-Canada) has developed the Champions of Infection Prevention and Control Award. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Mary Vearncombe, who was presented with the honor at the ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Save the Date for the 2011 ICT Conference
    ICT invites infection preventionists from all disciplines to earmark their calendar for Feb. 15-16, 2011 for the fifth annual ICT Virtual Event, a professional development conference that is completely virtual and online. The 2010 conference drew more than 5,400 ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Discovery of Molecule That Makes Pneumonia Worse Could Lead to Ways of Treating Infection
    A structural molecule and the cellular pump that regulates its levels influence the severity of pneumonia and could provide new ways of treating the lung infection, which is a leading cause of hospitalization and death, according to scientists at the University of ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News