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  • APIC Announces 2011 EPI Course Dates and Locations
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces the following 2011 dates and locations for the course, EPI 101: The Fundamentals of Infection Surveillance, Prevention and Control: April 4-7, 2011, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Devise New Way of Predicting Dominant Seasonal Flu Strain
    Rice University scientists have found a way to predict rapidly whether a new strain of the influenza virus should be included in the annual seasonal flu vaccine. While it sometimes takes new flu strains up to three years to become dominant worldwide, the new method can ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Spotlights Global Efforts to Address Antibiotic Resistance
    Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats. To bring attention to this increasing problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government partners will observe its third annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week on ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Light Technology to Combat Hospital Infections
    A pioneering lighting system that can kill hospital superbugs – including MRSA and C.diff – has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The technology decontaminates the air and exposed surfaces by bathing them in a narrow ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • NIH Scientists Explore 1510 Influenza Pandemic and Lessons Learned
    History's first recognized influenza pandemic originated in Asia and rapidly spread to other continents 500 years ago, in the summer of 1510. A new commentary by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • This Faster-Growing E. coli Strain is a Good Thing
    A University of Illinois metabolic engineer has improved a strain of E. coli, making it grow faster. Don't worry, he believes his efforts will benefit human health, not decimate it. "The average person hears E. coli and thinks of E. coli 0157:H7, a microorganism that causes ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Closer to Developing Vaccine for Urinary Tract Infections
    Urinary tract infections are a painful, recurring problem for millions of women. They are also getting more dangerous as bacteria develop resistance to the most common treatments. Scientists from the University of Michigan have moved one step closer to a vaccine that could ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Responds to JAMA Article on Surveillance for Public Reporting of Bloodstream Infection Rates
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) says it shares the concern expressed in the recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study, "Quality of Traditional Surveillance for Public Reporting of Nosocomial Bloodstream ...More
    November 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Influenza Vaccines May Vary in Amount of Allergenic Components
    People with egg or gelatin allergies shouldn’t assume that just because they’ve had a flu shot safely in the past they will be able to again, according to a new study, presented by Amber M. Patterson, MD, from Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital in ...More
    November 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Fall 2010: How Are We Doing With Hand Hygiene Compliance?
    As the 2010-2011 influenza season gets underway, healthcare professionals remain vigilant for changes in the rates of patients reporting influenza-like illnesses. We’ve laid the groundwork with proactive hand hygiene education and prepared our crisis response with ...More
    November 12, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene