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  • Discovery Turns Model Parasite Into Genetic Workhorse
    In a genetic leap that could help fast-track vaccine and drug development to prevent or tame serious global diseases, Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) researchers have discovered how to destroy a key DNA pathway in a wily and widespread human parasite. The feat surmounts a ...More
    April 13, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Chicago Doctor May Have Exposed Patients, Staff to TB is reporting that a first-year pediatric resident in Chicago who was diagnosed with a confirmed case of tuberculosis, may have exposed hundreds of staff members and patients at three local hospitals. Public health officials have offered to test the exposed ...More
    April 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Stackhouse Sold to Ecolab
    CIT Group Inc., a bank holding company, today announced that Stackhouse, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of surgical helmets and smoke evacuators, has been acquired by Ecolab Inc., a global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection ...More
    April 10, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Study Finds Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria High in Long-Term Care
    The prevalence of a certain form of drug-resistant bacteria, called multidrug-resistant Gram-negative (MDRGN) organisms, far surpassed that of two other common antimicrobial-resistant infections in long-term care facilities, according to a study conducted by researchers at ...More
    April 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Progress in Foodborne Illness Prevention Plateaus
    The incidence of the most common foodborne illnesses has changed very little over the past three years, according to a 10-state report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The findings are from 2008 data reported by the Foodborne ...More
    April 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Could Lead to New Non-Antibiotic Drugs to Counter HAIs
    Lack of an adequate amount of the mineral phosphate can turn a common bacterium into a killer, according to research to be published in the April 14 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. The findings could lead to new drugs that would disarm the ...More
    April 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • EPA to Recommend Green Claims for Disinfectants and Sanitizers
    Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have stated they will recommend the adoption of a policy that allows suppliers to make valid claims of “environmental preferability” in relation to the marketing of disinfectants and sanitizers.  ...More
    April 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tell Me About Your Hand Hygiene Compliance Strategies
    A few weeks ago I asked ICT readers to share their successful hand hygiene compliance strategies with me, for publication in a future issue. Well, the future is here, and even though I received a few good responses... I'm begging you for more! I know you are these bright, ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • VA Investigating Potential Contamination of Scopes is reporting today that the Department of Veterans Affairs is looking into a possible link between poorly sterilized endoscopy equipment and a veteran who tested positive for HIV. The investigation comes at the request of  Florida senator Bill Nelson and ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Common Virus Kills Cancer Stem Cells
    Dalhousie Medical School cancer researcher Dr. Patrick Lee has proven that a common virus can infect and kill breast cancer stem cells. This breakthrough finding is published in the current issue of Molecular Therapy, the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy. It ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News