• FDA Approves New HIV Drug After Priority Review
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved etravirine tablets for the treatment of HIV infection in adults who have failed treatment with other antiretrovirals. Etravirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) that helps to block an enzyme ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Handwashing Promotion Can Save Lives in Developing Countries
    Promoting the simple act of handwashing can save lives in many developing countries, according to a new systematic review of studies. The review, led by Regina Ejemot of the University of Caliber, in Nigeria, shows that teaching people about handwashing can reduce the ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Few Strategies Exist to Prevent MRSA Spread in Nursing Homes
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is making news as a dangerous, sometimes fatal disease for hospital patients, and in recent cases, students. MRSA is also a major source of illness acquired in nursing homes, yet few studies have looked at how to prevent ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Cranberries Might Help Prevent Urinary Infections in Women
    Evidence supports drinking cranberry juice — a familiar home remedy — to treat urinary tract infection (UTI), according to a new review from Scotland. “UTIs can be distressing, and people often take a self-care approach rather than seeking professional advice,” said Ruth ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Expert Joins IMS
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Integrated Medical Systems International (IMS) announces the addition of Nyla F. “Skee” Japp, RN, PhD, ACSP, CSPDM, as the national director of its Central Sterile Process Management program. Japp will serve as the lead expert on central sterile clinical ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • ICPs Share Infection Prevention Ideas and Strategies at 2nd Annual ICT Conference on Professional Development
    SAN DIEGO – Infection prevention and control nurses, managers, and directors participated in three days of seminars, networking events and exhibits at the second annual ICT Conference on Professional Development, held at the Bahia Resort Hotel on MissionBay in San Diego ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • 2nd Annual ICT Conference Was a Hit
    A big thank you to all of the attendees, speakers, exhibitors and other participants -- 143 in all -- who were an important part of the second annual ICT Conference on Professional Development, held last week at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Beach in San Diego. It was a ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA Clears for Marketing a Real-Time Test for Respiratory Viruses
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing a test that simultaneously detects four common respiratory viruses, including the flu, in a patient’s respiratory secretions. The ProFlu+ test provides results in as few as three hours. Other diagnostic ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disarmed by Excising a Single Gene
    The deadly Ebola virus, an emerging public health concern in Africa and a potential biological weapon, ranks among the most feared of exotic pathogens. Due to its virulent nature, and because no vaccines or treatments are available, scientists studying the agent have had to ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Emergency Department Visits for Skin Infections Increasing Dramatically
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A paper appearing online today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine suggests that emergency department visits for skin infections have increased since a new strain of staph was discovered, but downplays the danger of the new staph. The paper is titled ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News