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  • Progress in Global Public Health in the Last Decade
    In her opening speech to the executive board at its 126th session, Margaret Chan, MD, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), addressed the earthquake response in Haiti and also reviewed the international response to the current H1N1 influenza pandemic, ...More
    January 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Commissioner Addresses Nation's Healthcare Professionals on H1N1 Vaccine Safety
    FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg today sent a letter to America's healthcare professionals thanking them for their efforts during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak and providing information on safety monitoring of the 2009 H1N1 vaccines."In November, I wrote to thank you ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Releases New Flu Morbidity and Mortality Estimates
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today updated estimates through Dec. 12, 2009 of the number of people affected by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The new data shows that approximately 55 million Americans were sickened by the virus and about ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Facebook App Fights Flu
    H1N1 and seasonal influenza beware -- new heroes have arrived, ready to defend the population and fight a viral battle, via Facebook, in the form of 'Flu Fighters!' Developed by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston, in collaboration with the Department of Health and ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Annual Report Shows Gains in Patient-Care Quality
    Accredited hospitals in America have steadily improved the quality of patient care over a seven-year period, saving lives and improving the health of thousands of patients, according to the Joint Commission’s latest annual report. The report, “Improving ...More
    January 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Paradigm-Changing Mechanism is Revealed for the Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria
    A new study led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center is shedding new light on the action of Rho, a key regulatory protein in E. coli and many other bacteria. The study, published in the Jan. 14, 2010 issue of Nature, reveals a new paradigm to understand the ...More
    January 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • New OSHA Videos Feature Guidance on Respirators
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed two new videos for healthcare workers that feature training and guidance on respirator safety.OSHA's "Respirator Safety" video demonstrates how to correctly put on and take off common types of ...More
    January 14, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Study Raises Possibility Some Antiviral Drugs Could Make Diseases Worse
    As flu season continues in full-swing, most people can appreciate the need for drugs that stop viruses after they take hold in the body. Despite this serious need for new drugs, a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin raise serious concerns about an ...More
    January 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Working Toward a Less Expensive Version of Tamiflu
    Scientists have developed an alternative method for producing the active ingredient in Tamiflu®, the mainstay for fighting H1N1 and other forms of influenza. The new process could expand availability of the drug by reducing its cost, which now retails for as about $8 ...More
    January 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Astro Pak Launches New Biological Decontamination Service Company
    Astro Pak Corporation announces the launch of its new subsidiary, SixLog Corporation. SixLog provides onsite biological decontamination services utilizing proprietary iHP™ (ionized Hydrogen Peroxide) technology to a variety of industries, including healthcare. SixLog ...More
    January 13, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization