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  • FDA, STERIS Grapple with System 1 Issue
    Healthcare users are working to transition from the STERIS System 1 Sterile Processing System to abide by a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The FDA issued the notice on Dec. 3, 2009, claiming that STERIS significantly modified System 1 and that FDA ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Childhood Vaccination Gaps Narrowing in U.S.
    About three-quarters of U.S. children received recommended vaccinations in 2008, up from about half in 2000, reports a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).“The goal of the study was to look at trends in vaccination disparities over the ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Short-Term School Closures Ineffective for Controlling Influenza Epidemics
    Closing schools for less than two weeks during an influenza epidemic has no effect on infection rates, according to a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, RTI International and the Allegheny County Health Department.The study, published online this week in ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week Announced
    National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, is slated for Jan. 10-16, 2010. The event is also designed to foster greater use of the flu vaccine after the holiday ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Team Finds Link Between H. Pylori and Cancer-Promoting Factor
    By Diana YatesResearchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.Chronic ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • High Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Associated with Lower Healthcare Costs
    High antiretroviral therapy adherence, which has been shown to be a major predictor of HIV disease progression and survival, is now associated with lower healthcare costs, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers examined ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Refusing Immunizations Increases the Risk of Varicella Illness in Children
    Children of parents who refuse vaccines are nine times more likely to get chickenpox compared to fully immunized children, according to a new study led by a vaccine research team at Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Institute for Health Research. The study was published today in ...More
    January 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu: R.I.P.?
    We probably should not start congratulating ourselves on surviving the swine flu pandemic just yet, but there’s early indication that steps taken during the outbreak resulted in an outcome that surpasses most experts’ expectations. As New York Times writer ...More
    January 4, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Single Atom Controls Motility Required for Bacterial Infection
    Bacteria can swim, propelling themselves through fluids using a whip-like extension called a flaggella. They can also walk, strolling along solid surfaces using little fibrous legs called pili. It is this motility that enable some pathogenic bacteria to establish the ...More
    January 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Head-to-Head Studies Identify Best Treatment Regimen for Hepatitis C
    In patients with chronic hepatitis C, treatment with peginterferon alpha-2a (PegIFNα2a) plus ribavirin (RBV) better suppresses the virus to undetectable levels in the blood than treatment with peginterferon alpha-2b (PegIFNα2b) plus RBV, according to two new ...More
    January 4, 2010 Posted in News