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  • Pertussis: An Old Enemy Resurfaces
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) reminds healthcare professionals and healthcare consumers that pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a serious respiratory illness characterized by an infectious cough. Although most of ...More
    January 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Defense Mechanism Against Bacteria and Fungi Deciphered
    Under standard laboratory conditions, the human beta-defensin 1 (hBD-1), a human antibiotic naturally produced in the body, had always shown only little activity against microbes. Nevertheless the human body produces it in remarkable quantities. The solution to the puzzle ...More
    January 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Head Lice Treatment for Children and Adults
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Natroba (spinosad) Topical Suspension 0.9% for the treatment of head lice infestation in patients ages 4 years and older. Head lice are parasitic insects found on people’s head, eyebrows, and eyelashes. They feed on ...More
    January 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Measles' Natural Nemesis
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have found that a known enzyme in cells protects against measles virus, likely by altering the virus's genetic material, RNA. Cells lacking the enzyme become highly vulnerable to the virus's destructive effects. The enzyme also ...More
    January 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Viral Protein Mimic Keeps Immune System Quiet
    In a new paper published Jan. 21 in the journal Science, a team of researchers led by microbiology and immunology professor Blossom Damania, PhD, has shown for the first time that the Kaposi sarcoma virus has a decoy protein that impedes a key molecule involved in the human ...More
    January 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Study Maps Process Used by T Cells to Discriminate Pathogens From the Body's Own Cells
    Researchers have for the first time mapped the complex choreography used by the immune system's T cells to recognize pathogens while avoiding attacks on the body's own cells. The researchers found that T cell receptors – molecules located on the surface of the T cell – ...More
    January 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Center for Transforming Healthcare Has More Than 1,090 Hand Hygiene Projects in Progress
    Launched on Sept. 13, the Joint Commission says that its Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) now has more than 1,090 hand hygiene projects in progress. More than 40,000 hand hygiene observations have been entered into the TST, and the tools ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • On The Road with Pre-Hospital Infection Control
    Like other healthcare professionals, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel face the growing number of multidrug-resistant organisms. In addition to protecting themselves from possible infection, EMS providers must ensure that their vehicles and equipment are adequately ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene
  • Trends in Infection Prevention and Control: Experts Share Perspectives on Key Issues
    Consistent implementation of proven measures to reduce and eliminate healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), and building these measures into work flows are among some of the biggest challenges to healthcare institutions today, says a group of experts who convened for a ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in Articles
  • Quality Improvement Intervention for ICUs Results in Increased Use of Evidence-Based Care Practices
    A multi-faceted quality improvement intervention that included education, reminders and feedback through a collaborative telecommunication network improved the adoption of evidence-based care practices in intensive care units at community hospitals for practices such as ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News