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  • An End to Lice: The Effectiveness of a New Oral Treatment Demonstrated
    French medical researchers from the Henri Mondor Hospital and Avicenne Hospital (AP-HP) have recently demonstrated the effectiveness of a new molecule in the fight against lice. Faced with the emergence of increasing resistance to conventional treatments by these parasites, ...More
    March 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • This Day in History: 1918 Flu Pandemic Begins
    On this day, March 11, 92 years ago, a devastating public health crisis began in the U.S. The disease was called the "Spanish Influenza," and first hit soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas, just back from fighting in Europe. The virus moved quickly and in October of 1918 195,000 ...More
    March 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Investigators Use Grocery Store Frequent-Shopper Cards to Track Salmonella Outbreak Source
    Associated Press writer David Mercer reports on how epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used data from frequent-shopper cards issued by grocery stores to trace the source of a salmonella outbreak. That’s how investigators were able to ...More
    March 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • And The Winner Is......
    I was all ready for the Academy Awards this past Sunday. I had seen all of the pictures nominated, and most of the performances of the actors. I guess I am a movie buff. During the awards, however, I began thinking of how many truly deserving professionals involved in ...More
    March 10, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Follow Me and ICT on Twitter
    I realize that there are 12-year-olds who can tweet and text in their sleep, but for this 43-year-old, social media is the last frontier -- and I've finally crossed that threshold. I just created a Twitter account in preparation for attending not only AORN Congress in ...More
    March 10, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Case Medical Receives FDA Marketing Clearance for SteriTite System
    Case Medical, Inc. announces it has received FDA 510k clearance for its SteriTite sealed container system and MediTray products for use in the STERIS Amsco V-PRO 1 low temperature sterilization system.  Case Medical was previously cleared for pre-vacuum ...More
    March 10, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • CDC Study Finds U.S. Herpes Rates Remain High
    About 1 in 6 Americans (16.2 percent) between the ages of 14 and 49 is infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), according to a national health survey released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HSV-2 is a lifelong and incurable infection that ...More
    March 10, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vaccinating Children for Flu May Help Prevent Transmission, Protect Those Who are Not Vaccinated
    Immunizing children and adolescents with inactivated influenza vaccine resulted in reduced rates of influenza in their community compared to a similar community in which children did not receive the vaccine, suggesting that vaccinating children may help prevent transmission ...More
    March 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Federal Funds Support Health Departments but Leadership is Key
    By Amy Patterson NeubertThe surge of funds for bioterrorism preparedness over the past decade does not appear to be improving local public health resources in general, according to research from Purdue University. However, the funding increase to health departments does ...More
    March 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • A Full House Raises Risk of Hospital Deaths
    Admission to a hospital when most of the beds are already full can be deadly for patients, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study showing high occupancy increases the risk of dying in the hospital by 5.6 percent. For the study, published in the March ...More
    March 9, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene