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  • WHO Addresses Antiviral Use and the Risk of Drug Resistance
    Growing international experience in the treatment of pandemic H1N1 virus infections underscores the importance of early treatment with the antiviral drugs, oseltamivir or zanamivir. Early treatment is especially important for patients who are at increased risk of developing ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Vaccine Delivery May be More Effective Against Measles
    Worldwide, there are estimated to be 10 million cases of measles and 197,000 deaths from the disease each year. While vaccines exist to protect children against measles, the vaccines are often difficult to store, costly to transport and may be prone to contamination when ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Light, Photosynthesis Help Bacteria Invade Fresh Produce
    Exposure to light and possibly photosynthesis itself could be helping disease-causing bacteria to be internalized by lettuce leaves, making them impervious to washing, according to research published in the October issue of the journal Applied and Environmental ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Could be a Potential Trap for Unprepared Employers
    The law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC is reminding healthcare institutions and other businesses that as employers, they must be prepared to meet the challenges posed by an influenza  pandemic, such as absenteeism, interruptions in supply or delivery, or changes in commerce ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Discover a New Antibacterial Compound
    Antibiotic resistance has been a significant problem for hospitals and healthcare facilities for more than a decade. But despite the need for new treatment options, there have been only two new classes of antibiotics developed in the last 40 years.Now a promising discovery ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Technician in Hepatitis Case is Sentenced to 20 Years
    The New York Times is reporting that Kristen D. Parker, 26, a former hospital surgical technician who may have infected dozens of surgical patients with hepatitis C by stealing their pain medication and swapping back needles contaminated by the virus she carried pleaded ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Understanding the Flu Vaccine
    David P. Calfee, MD, infection control officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center, recently discussed the flu vaccine:Q: What is the seasonal flu shot?A: The seasonal flu shot is given annually and protects against three common viruses, one influenza A (H3N2) virus, one regular ...More
    September 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Alcavis HD Offers Flu Kit
    Alcavis HDC, a leader in infection control, now offers a convenient kit to reduce the risks of spreading the H1N1 influenza and influenza A viruses in healthcare facilities.  The Personnel Protection Flu Kit is a portable, latex-free package of critical-use items, ...More
    September 25, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Engineers Track Bacteria's Paddle-Like Motion for First Time
    Yale University engineers have for the first time observed and tracked E. coli bacteria moving in a liquid medium with a motion similar to that of a kayak paddle.Their findings, which appear online September 29 in the journal Physical Review Letters, will help lead to a ...More
    September 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Simple Hygienic Measures Can Help Prevent Respiratory Illness
    In a new study published this month in the British Medical Journal, researchers sought to review the evidence of effectiveness of physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. The researchers culled data from a number of sources for their ...More