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  • Innate Immune System Targets Asthma-Linked Fungus for Destruction
    BLACKSBURG, Va. – A new study shows that the innate immune system of humans is capable of killing a fungus linked to airway inflammation, chronic rhinosinusitis and bronchial asthma. Researchers at Mayo Clinic and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) have ...More
    September 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Approach, Old Drug Show Promise Against Hepatitis C
    STANFORD, Calif. -- The fight against the liver disease hepatitis C has been at something of an impasse for years, with more than 150 million people currently infected, and traditional antiviral treatments causing nasty side effects and often falling short of a cure. Using ...More
    September 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Most Vaccine-Allergic Children Can Still be Vaccinated Safely, Hopkins Experts Say
    With close monitoring and a few standard precautions, nearly all children with known or suspected vaccine allergies can be safely immunized, according to a team of vaccine safety experts led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Writing in the September issue of ...More
    September 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections to be Focus of AVA Meeting
    HERRIMAN, Utah -- Improvements in the prevention of catheter-related infections will be a prime focus at the annual conference of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) in September. The conference comes on the eve of major changes in Medicare that will eliminate ...More
    August 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Webinars Explore CMS Rules Limiting Reimbursement for HAIs
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- With new federal regulations limiting reimbursements for hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) looming on the horizon, B. Braun Medical Inc., the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), and the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), will host a Webinar series in ...More
    August 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Flu Shot Does Not Reduce Risk of Death, Researchers Say
    The widely held perception that the influenza vaccination reduces overall mortality risk in the elderly does not withstand careful scrutiny, according to researchers in Alberta. The vaccine does confer protection against specific strains of influenza, but its overall ...More
    August 29, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Study Confirms vCJD Could be Transmitted by Blood Transfusion
    A nine-year study in sheep has added to the evidence that vCJD can be transmitted through blood transfusion in humans. The findings underline the importance of precautions against vCJD transmission, such as the government decision in 2004 to ban blood donations from anyone ...More
    August 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobials: Healthcare's Silver Bullet Against HAIs?
    By many accounts, antimicrobials are looked to as the silver bullets of the healthcare arsenal against pathogenic microorganisms. Defined broadly, an antibacterial is an agent that interferes with the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Researchers at Tufts ...More
    August 28, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Medical Devices Pose Big Infection Threat
    Healthcare workers have long been trying to prevent infections related to medical devices, but must try even harder as of Oct. 1, 2008, when regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go into effect. As a result, hospitals will no longer ...More
    August 28, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Most Adults Aren’t Immunized Against Serious Infectious Diseases
    When is the last time you got vaccinated? If you’re like most Americans it’s been years, maybe even decades. In fact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that far too few American adults are being vaccinated against serious, even ...More
    August 28, 2008 Posted in News