• Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Collaborative Research with Pfizer to Develop Therapeutics for Infectious Disease Targets Including MRSA
    PINE BROOK, N.J. -- Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing targeted anti-infective antibodies to fight life-threatening infections, announces that it has entered into an exclusive collaborative research and license agreement with Pfizer Inc. to ...More
    January 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Schering-Plough and OraSure Technologies Sign Agreement for Development and Promotion of Rapid Point-Of-Care Oral Hepatitis C Test
    KENILWORTH, N.J. and BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Schering-Plough Corporation and OraSure Technologies, Inc. announce an agreement to collaborate on the development and promotion of a rapid oral test for the detection of antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) utilizing OraSure ...More
    January 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Ramifications of Widespread Use of Tamiflu
    Widespread use of the antiviral Tamiflu to fight pandemic avian flu in humans could actually lead to the development of what public health officials hope to avoid––drug-resistant strains of the virus in wild birds. British researchers at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology ...More
    January 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Avian Flu Unlikely to Spread Through Water Systems
    To test whether the H5N2 virus could survive water treatments, such as chlorine, UV light and bacterial digesters, chicken embryos were inoculated with the treated virus. Days later researchers removed fluid from the eggs and tested whether the virus survived and ...More
    January 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Clinical Guidelines Help Identify Which Children at Risk of Bacterial Meningitis
    A set of guidelines have been developed that can help predict the risk of bacterial meningitis for children with cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis (presence of greater number of white blood cells than normal), reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and antibiotics, according ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • The Prescription for a Rodent Cure
    Now that winter is in full swing, patients may not be the only ones checking into your healthcare facility. As temperatures drop, rodents seek refuge in clinics, hospitals and nursing homes to find warm shelter, food and water. These pests pose a significant threat to ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • SUD REPROCESSING UPDATE
    The reprocessing of single-use devices (SUDs) received much ink and argumentative moments in 2006. The practice also received new points of governance in 2006 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Regulated by FDA since 2000, reprocessing allows SUDs to be ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Resolutions for 2007
    Happy 2007! I for one am more than happy to see this new year begin. Those of you who know me personally will understand what I am talking about. A new year brings with it new ideas, new promises, new commitments, and dare I say, new resolutions. How many of you are in the ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Start the New Year with New Tools for Infection Prevention Success
    In this issue, we’ll be talking a lot about what it means to work in infection prevention and control, which is appropriate since this month we will produce our first-ever ICT Conference on Professional Development, to be held Jan. 24-26 in Las Vegas. This event goes to the ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Study Changes the Course of Clinical Thought on Catheter Securement
    In this Q&A interview, Gregory Schears, MD, a pediatric intensivist and board-certified anesthesiologist practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., discusses data from his recent study on catheter securement and implications for infection prevention and control, ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles