• Single MRSA Bacteria Strain Causes Severe Infections
    Researchers have discovered that the most dangerous form of staph infection now occurring in the United States originates from a single strain of bacteria, not multiple strains as previously believed. These findings were published online today in the Proceedings of the ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Many Kids Unprotected Against Flu, Poll Finds
    Flu season is here. Are you, your children and your grandchildren vaccinated? According to a report released today by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, flu vaccination rates among young children and high-risk adults ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • National Program to Help Prevent Staph Infections is Launched
    NEW YORK – Award-winning professional baseball team manager Terry Francona announces the launch of “Strike Out Infection,” a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of staph infections and how to prevent them. Francona is partnering in the educational campaign ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hospital Eliminates Dangerous Bloodstream Infections in ICU
    HERRIMAN, Utah -- A California hospital's innovative clinical protocol eliminated a potentially deadly infection for more than a year, according to an article in the December issue of the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access (JAVA). The hospital's success at ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Shingles Sends Nearly 1 Million Americans to the Doctor
    Nearly 1 million Americans receive medical care for shingles or its complications each year, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Shingles comes from an infection with varicella zoster virus -- the same virus ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Aesculap is Awarded Wound Closure Agreement with Amerinet
    ST. LOUIS -- Aesculap announces that is has been awarded supplier agreements with Amerinet, a national healthcare group purchasing organization. The two agreements, effective Feb. 1, 2008 through Jan. 31, 2011, provides Amerinet’s more than 2,000 acute care members access ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Health Groups Release 2008 Immunization Schedules
    Updated immunization recommendations for childhood influenza and adolescent meningococcal vaccinations are included in the 2008 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy ...More
    January 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Cell Protein That Nips HIV in the Bud
    UCLA researchers have found that a key protein in the body's dendritic cells can stop the virus that causes AIDS from "budding" — part of the virus' life cycle that is crucial to its ability to replicate and infect other cells. The study is scheduled for publication in the ...More
    January 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • FDA Licenses 14 New Blood-Typing Tests to Help Ensure Safe Transfusions
    On Jan. 10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed 14 new tests for determining a person's blood type, a process essential to a safe U.S. blood supply and safe transfusions. "These 14 new tests will provide blood establishments and transfusion services with ...More
    January 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • Patient Safety Authority Visits Facilities for Information on Wrong-Site Surgery
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- While reports of wrong-site surgeries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have decreased during 2007, some facilities continue to report wrong-site surgeries that may have been prevented had they followed protocols implemented by other Pennsylvania ...More
    January 11, 2008 Posted in News