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  • Nation Needs Measured, Cooperative Response to Salmonella Crisis, Experts Say
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing to collaborate with federal and state partners to investigate a nationwide increase of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. ...More
    August 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bed Bugs Headed for the Workplace Now
    Movie theaters and stores have joined hotels and private residences in experiencing persistent bed bug infestations. The next stop? The workplace. Pest control experts at Orkin identified that bed bugs are making the move among commercial properties. New analysis of its ...More
    August 19, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Teen Vaccination Rates Increasing Across the U.S.
    Continued increases -- as much as 15 percent -- were made in nationwide coverage for vaccines specifically recommended for pre-teens, according to 2009 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...More
    August 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Monitoring Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems
    Ultrasonic cleaning systems are widely used in healthcare applications during the sterilization of surgical instruments, and in many manufacturing and process industries. They work by passing a high frequency sound wave through a liquid detergent to create thousands of ...More
    August 19, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Non-Compliance with Identifying Infection Risks Still an Issue in Ambulatory Care
    The Joint Commission says that ambulatory care facilities are still struggling with certain requirements relating to infection prevention and control. The Joint Commission collects data on organizations’ compliance with standards, National Patient Safety Goals, the ...More
    August 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Potential HIV Drug Keeps Virus Out of Cells
    Following up a pioneering 2007 proof-of-concept study, a University of Utah biochemist and colleagues have developed a promising new anti-HIV drug candidate, PIE12-trimer, that prevents HIV from attacking human cells. Michael S. Kay, MD, PhD, associate professor of ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study to Examine New Treatment for West Nile Virus
    Neurological and infectious disease experts at Rush University Medical Center are testing a new drug therapy for the treatment of individuals with West Nile fever or suspected central nervous system infection due to the West Nile virus. Rush is the only site in the Midwest ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • LIJ Medical Center Eliminates Surgical ICU Central-Line Infections for One Year
    For one year and counting, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center has achieved a zero central-line infection rate in its surgical intensive care unit (SICU), a significant accomplishment for hospitals. "This milestone for LIJ could only be made possible with enormous ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • MRSA Policies Differ Among Hospitals, Study Shows
    Hospitals vary in how they detect and treat drug-resistant staph infections, but most follow national guideline recommendations, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Researchers sent a 61-item questionnaire to pharmacy directors at 263 ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Rise in Pertussis Cases Makes It 'Worth a Shot'
    By Jacquelyn Preston and Karen Krakower Kaplan If you think you shouldn't be worried about your child's—or your—lingering, nagging cough, think again. Pertussis has reemerged on the scene. In what some public health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 50 years, ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News