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  • Simulating Public Health Disaster Can Assist Hospitals in Preparing for Worst-Case Scenarios
    A new and novel computer modeling platform developed through intensive, multidisciplinary collaboration at New YorkUniversity can help hospitals and cities to be more prepared for catastrophic public health scenarios, according to an article published in the American ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Norovirus, Salmonella Were Leading Causes of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in 2006
    Norovirus and Salmonella were the leading causes of foodborne disease outbreaks in 2006, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, based on investigations of foodborne disease outbreaks provides the most ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Researchers Discover a New Way the Body Fights Fungal Infection
    A team of researchers led by Amy G. Hise, MD, MPH, assistant professor at the Center for Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is the first to discover how the body fights off oral yeast infections caused by the most common human ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cool Plasma Packs Heat Against Biofilms
    Though it looks like a tiny purple blowtorch, a pencil-sized plume of plasma on the tip of a small probe remains at room temperature as it swiftly dismantles tough bacterial colonies deep inside a human tooth. But it's not another futuristic product of George Lucas' ...More
    June 10, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Global Use of Rotavirus Vaccines Recommended
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that rotavirus vaccination be included in all national immunization programs to provide protection against a virus that is responsible for more than 500 000 diarrheal deaths and 2 million hospitalizations every year among ...More
    June 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Drugs Against Noroviruses One Step Closer
    The virus that causes winter vomiting disease invades cells by attaching to particular sugar molecules on the surface of the cells. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the SahlgrenskaAcademy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. This result may be an ...More
    June 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Universal, Voluntary HIV Testing and Treatment Proposed
    Could a global program of universal, voluntary, annual HIV testing and immediate treatment for those who test positive effectively extinguish the HIV pandemic? Is such a program feasible? In the June 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, top HIV/AIDS ...More
    June 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Survey of Infection Preventionists Finds Departments Lacking Critical Resources
    Hospitals are cutting staff, resources and education for infection prevention at a time when the prevalence of many healthcare-associated infections is increasing, according to a report released today by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and ...More
    June 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Frieden Begins Role as CDC Director
    Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, today became the 16th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). He was named director of CDC by the White House and the Department of ...More
    June 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC '09 is Underway!
    Greetings from Ft. Lauderdale, home to this year's annual APIC meeting. The on-and-off rainfall hasn't dampened the spirits of the infection preventionists (IPs) who have gathered here to celebrate their profession, network with their peers, and most of all, learn new ...More
    June 8, 2009 Posted in Blogs