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  • New CDC Guidelines Prefer Use of Blood Tests to Diagnose TB Infection in Certain Populations
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines on the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB). In these guidelines, the CDC advises that Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood tests ...More
    June 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Facility Recognized for Efforts to Reduce CAUTIs
    The Stern Family Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (CECR) of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. was recently recognized by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) for its efforts in significantly reducing catheter-associated urinary ...More
    June 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Meningitis Mechanism
    A white blood cell that normally removes bacteria from the bloodstream helps Escherichia coli (E. coli) accumulate in the blood and enter the brain resulting in the deadly infection known as meningitis. Prasadarao V. Nemani, PhD, a scientist at The Saban Research Institute ...More
    June 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Pertussis Epidemic in California May be Worst in 50 Years
    Urging Californians to get vaccinated now, Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), warned today that the state is on pace to suffer the most illnesses and deaths due to pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in 50 ...More
    June 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • 2010 Who's Who in Infection Prevention
    We present our annual list of exceptional individuals working in infection prevention and control, as nominated by Infection Control Today magazine readers. Congratulations to these dedicated professionals who are working hard to advance the infection prevention agenda. For ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Clostridium difficile: The Newest Superbug Beats Out MRSA
    Evolution of a SuperbugAccording to Becky A. Miller, MD, who presented study results at an oral session at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections 2010, hospital-onset, healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • New Medical Weapons to Protect Against Anthrax Attacks
    The 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States are fostering development of a new generation of vaccines, antibiotics, and other medications to protect people against the potentially deadly bacteria in any future bioterrorist incident. That’s the conclusion of a ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • First Preliminary Profile of Proteins in Bed Bugs’ Saliva
    The saliva of bed bugs contains unique substances that could lead to vaccines to prevent allergic responses to the bugs’ bite. With bed bugs reemerging as a nuisance in some parts of the country, scientists are reporting the first preliminary description of the ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Experts Say Polio Outbreak in Tajikistan is Cause for Alarm
    The rapidly growing polio outbreak in Tajikistan raises serious concerns that the disease could spread to other regions in the world, states an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). It is imperative that health agencies attempt to limit further ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Mixed Results on Effectiveness of Surgical Care Improvement Measures
    An analysis of data on adherence to surgical care improvement measures finds that when analyzed as a composite infection-prevention score, the improvement measures were associated with a lower probability of post-operative infection. However, adherence to individual ...More
    June 22, 2010 Posted in News