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  • Healthcare Professionals' Habits and Antisepsis
    There are two tidbits about healthcare professionals' habits and practices related to infection prevention that you might find interesting. There’s a lively discussion going on in within the health blog “Well” at NewYorkTimes.com regarding ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Loyola Opens New Bilingual Clinic Dedicated to Treating MRSA
    Although the H1N1 influenza virus is garnering more headlines, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is still a major public health threat. This year, MRSA deaths in the United States far exceeded those caused by the swine flu, according to the Centers for ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Vaccine for Urinary Tract Infections Shows Early Promise
    University of Michigan scientists have made an important step toward what could become the first effective vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), if the robust immunity achieved in mice can be reproduced in humans. The research findings, which appear online ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Says Masks Don’t Protect Against Flu
    The Los Angeles Times is reporting today on a new study that asserts that medical masks are essentially useless against influenza. Raina MacIntyre of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, conducted a study of 1,936 healthcare workers in Beijing during last ...More
    September 17, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Expert Urges Responsibility in Reaction to H1N1 Flu Pandemic
    Sickness caused by the new H1N1 influenza virus is no worse than the flu Americans experience nearly every year, and keeping that in perspective is solid guidance for the public and anyone dealing with flu, says a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric ...More
    September 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Selenomanas noxia
    Well, there’s a new one for me.  In July, I reviewed an article on a study linking obesity with oral infections.  It was rather interesting research that studied the bacterial flora of the saliva of 313 obese women and 232 others that did not meet the ...More
    September 17, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Genetic Hint for Ridding the Body of Hepatitis C
    More than 70 percent of people who contract hepatitis C will live with the virus that causes it for the rest of their lives and some will develop serious liver disease including cancer. However, 30 percent to 40 percent of those infected somehow defeat the infection and get ...More
    September 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers to Probe Whether Lyme Disease will Follow Spread of Ticks Across U.S.
    A penny illustrates the size of the deer tick. Photo by Graham Hickling, University of Tennessee.Potentially debilitating Lyme disease doesn’t afflict people everywhere that the ticks harboring it are found. At least not yet. A five-university consortium led by a ...More
    September 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bay Medical Fights HAIs by Improving Hand Hygiene Almost 300 Percent
    In a presumably sterile environment such as a hospital, diligence of staff washing their hands when moving from patient to patient can easily be taken for granted. Yet, according to the Joint Commission, handwashing failures contribute to healthcare-associated infections ...More
    September 16, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Handwashing and Flu Prevention: A New Argument
    Newsweek presents an interesting article that dares to challenge the notion that handwashing can prevent the spread of the influenza virus, and reminds us that the airborne transmission issue must be kept in the forefront of prevention strategies. To check it out, CLICK ...More
    September 16, 2009 Posted in Blogs