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  • Nurses Get Low Ranking on New Occupation List
    I have some bad news for you. According to a new study from, nurses rank 185 on the list of the best and worst jobs. The good news is, nurses seem to have better jobs than painters, childcare workers and firefighters (occupations that came in at 186, 187 and ...More
    January 8, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Medegen Receives FDA Clearance for Advanced Luer-Activated Device with Antimicrobial Technology
    Medegen, a leading innovator in infusion therapy products, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new MaxGuard™ Advanced Luer Activated Device featuring Agion® Antimicrobial Technology. MaxGuard ...More
    January 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nose-Spray Vaccine Against Botulism Effective in First Tests
    The goal of scientists is to offer troops better protection from potential bioweapons. A preclinical study found a new nasal spray vaccine to provide complete protection against a major botulism toxin, according to a study published today in the Nature journal Gene Therapy. ...More
    January 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Salmonella Outbreak Reported in 42 States
    Reuters is reporting today that an outbreak of foodborne illness caused by salmonella has sickened 388 people in 42 states. To read the complete news item from Reuters via Yahoo! News, CLICK HERE. To read updated information from the CDC, CLICK HERE.  ...More
    January 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study How Hantavirus is Spread
    A University of Utah researcher uses a toothbrush and a plastic bag to coat a wild deer mouse in pink fluorescent powder for a study that used microchip transmitters and five colors of powder to document how often and how long deer mice came into contact with other deer ...More
    January 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Avian Flu Becoming More Resistant to Antiviral Drugs
    A new University of Colorado at Boulder study shows the resistance of the avian flu virus to a major class of antiviral drugs is increasing through positive evolutionary selection, with researchers documenting the trend in more than 30 percent of the samples tested.The ...More
    January 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • A Safe Zone for Sharps in the OR
    Deborah from Pennsylvania says, “We have been looking for material that will tell us the definition of a safe zone; I place a surgical safe box or red needle box on the Mayo stand for needles and also for blades, and pass these instruments from the Mayo stand. I have ...More
    January 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Scientists Discover New Method for Bacterial Toxin Transfer
    Scientists have discovered a new way for bacteria to transfer toxic genes to unrelated bacterial species, a finding that raises the unsettling possibility that bacterial swapping of toxins and other disease-aiding factors may be more common than previously imagined. In a ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find New Bartonella Species That Infects Humans
    Researchers at North Carolina State University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have produced the first link between a species of bacteria most commonly found in sheep and human illness.Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt, professor of internal medicine at NC ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Study Says Failures to Follow Infection Practices Have Placed 60,000 Patients at Risk for Hepatitis B and C
    In the last decade, more than 60,000 patients in the United States were asked to get tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) because healthcare personnel in settings outside hospitals failed to follow basic infection control practices, according to a ...More
    January 6, 2009 Posted in News