• Hand Hygiene Habits Remain Stagnant; National Clean Hands Week is Sept. 21-27, 2008
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite the threat of getting sick during cold and flu season, fewer Americans say they are regularly washing their hands. The fourth Clean Hands Report Card®, issued by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), gives Americans a ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • “Friendly” Bacteria Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes, Yale Researchers Find
    In a dramatic illustration of the potential for microbes to prevent disease, researchers at Yale University and the University of Chicago showed that mice exposed to common stomach bacteria were protected against the development of Type I diabetes.The findings, reported in ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • CDC Expands Testing Recommendations for Chronic Hepatitis B Infection
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published new recommendations for healthcare providers that are designed to increase routine testing in the United States for chronic hepatitis B, a major cause of liver disease and liver cancer.  The CDC ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Is the Salad Bar Safe? Produce Concerns Linger after Summer Scares
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Widespread reports had most people afraid to eat tomatoes this summer and when tomatoes were vindicated, eating peppers became a fear. A University of Missouri food safety expert says there is only so much that can be done to assure produce is safe to ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Hidden Infections Crucial to Understanding and Controlling Outbreaks
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Scientists and news organizations typically focus on the number of dead and gravely ill during epidemics, but research at the University of Michigan suggests that less dramatic, mild infections lurking in large numbers of people are the key to ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Insights Could Lead to a Better Pneumococcal Vaccine
    Discovery of a new, previously unknown mechanism of immunity suggests that there may be a better way to protect vulnerable children and adults against Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal) infection, say researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard School of ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Tip of the Iceberg
    Well, I am finally getting caught up on my reading and web surfing--including our own site! I was reading Kelly Pyrek's blog posting from yesterday, "Licensure and Certification of CS/SPD Techs" and wonder if we are at the tip of the iceberg. I have been screaming for years ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Infection-Risk Warnings Needed in Ads for Medical Devices, Group Tells FDA
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ads for implantable medical devices should include warnings about the potential risk of infections and other complications according to Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumers Reports. Direct to consumer (DTC) ads for medical devices, such ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • UK Health Organizations Fight HAIs Through New Technologies
    Patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be among the first in the country to benefit from new infection-beating technologies as the organization is named as a showcase trust. The Trust is one of only seven organizations in the UK to test a range of new ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Protective Pathway in Stressed Cells Not So Helpful for Prions
    Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered that an important cellular quality control mechanism may actually be toxic to some brain cells during prion infection. The research, published by Cell Press in the Sept. 16th issue of the journal ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News