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  • "Selfish" Bacteria Could be a New Treatment for Infection
    Selfish bacterial cells that act in their own interests and do not cooperate with their infection-causing colleagues can actually reduce the severity of infection. The selfish behavior of these uncooperative bacteria could be exploited to treat antibiotic-resistant ...More
    September 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • 'Jailbreak' Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease
    Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham, UK. Professor Howard Jenkinson, from the University of Bristol, explains ...More
    September 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Talented Bacteria Make Food Poisoning Unpredictable
    While we are often exposed to bacteria in our food which could cause food poisoning, we don't always become ill -- why should this be so? Professor Colin Hill, who is presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham, UK today, ...More
    September 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Blood Signatures to Diagnose Infection
    Coughing and wheezing patients could someday benefit from quicker, more accurate diagnosis and treatment for respiratory infections such as flu, through a simple blood test, according to scientists. Dr. Aimee Zaas, presenting her work at the Society for General ...More
    September 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Cleaning Intervention Cuts C. difficile Acquisition Rates by One-Third
    By Kelly M. Pyrek Robert Orenstein, DO, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention and Control at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has devised an environmental hygiene intervention so successful it has reduced Clostridium difficile ...More
    September 7, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • ASHES at 25: Celebrating and Championing the Environmental Services Profession
    ICT spoke with Patti Costello, executive director of the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES), about the 25th anniversary of the organization, as well as imperatives for the healthcare environmental services industry. Q: How has ASHES as an ...More
    September 7, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Medical Mistakes That Affect Multiple Patients Should Be Disclosed
    Healthcare organizations should disclose medical mistakes that affect multiple patients, such as with improperly sterilized instruments or equipment malfunctions, even if patients were not harmed by the event, according to an AHRQ-funded research paper published in the ...More
    September 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Not Drying Hands Thoroughly After Washing Could Aid Bacterial Transfer
    Not drying your hands thoroughly after washing them could increase the spread of bacteria and rubbing your hands while using a conventional electric hand dryer could be a contributing factor. Frequently people give up drying their hands and wipe them on their clothes ...More
    September 6, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Using Germicides for Pathogen Eradication
    It pays to pick your strategy and your weapon in the war against healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). No battleground is tougher than that when facing Clostridium difficile or other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Rigorous environmental hygiene and the proper use ...More
    September 6, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Serendipity Contributes to MRSA Susceptibility Findings
    Duke University Medical Center researchers have found two genes in mice which might help identify why some people are more susceptible than others to potentially deadly infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The researchers uncovered important ...More
    September 3, 2010 Posted in News