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  • American Public Health Association Encourages Proper Handwashing, Offers Free Timers
    As seasonal flu tightens its grip in communities across the country, public health officials are reminding everyone to routinely and properly wash their hands, which is one of the simplest, most important and effective defenses against the spread of germs and disease. To ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Staph Bacteria Bind Best to Human Hemoglobin
    Staph bacteria feed on blood because they need the iron that's hidden away inside red blood cells to grow and cause infections. It turns out that these microbial vampires prefer the taste of human blood, Vanderbilt University scientists have discovered. ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Discoveries Make it Harder for HIV to Hide from Drugs
    The virus that causes AIDS is chameleon-like in its replication. As HIV copies itself in humans, it constantly mutates into forms that can evade even the best cocktail of current therapies. Understanding exactly how HIV cells change as they reproduce is key to developing ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Rapid Diagnostic Test for Common Type of Pneumonia
    University of Georgia researchers have developed a technique that can diagnose a common type of pneumonia within minutes, potentially replacing existing tests that can take several days for results. The researchers, whose findings are detailed online in the journal PLoS ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Life On and In Humans Orchestrates Health and Disease
    A mounting tide of scientific evidence suggests that the old adage from Aesop's fables — "You are known by the company you keep" — also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body. Humanity's invisible but constant companions — ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Reports 1 in 6 Get Sick From Foodborne Illnesses Annually
    About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The figures are the most accurate to date due to better data ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Cintas Announces Top 11 Infection Prevention Trends for 2011
    Cintas, the sponsor of Infection Prevention for Dummies and a leading supplier of microfiber and infection prevention programs, today announced the top 11 infection prevention trends for 2011. The trends were identified to equip infection preventionists and environmental ...More
    December 15, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Medline Targets VAP With Innovative Prevention System Including CHG
    Medline Industries, Inc., a privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, today launched an evidence-based solution to help prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The system features chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) oral rinse, educational ...More
    December 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Delaying Surgical Procedures Increases Infection Risk and Healthcare Costs
    Delaying elective surgical procedures after a patient has been admitted to the hospital significantly increases the risk of infectious complications and raises hospital costs, according to the results of a new study in the December issue of the Journal of the American ...More
    December 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Plasma Therapy: An Alternative to Antibiotics?
    Cold plasma jets could be a safe, effective alternative to antibiotics to treat multi-drug resistant infections, says a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The team of Russian and German researchers showed that a 10-minute treatment ...More
    December 15, 2010 Posted in News