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  • Settlement Sets National Model for H1N1 Hospital Safety Measures
    In a dramatic settlement seen as a novel pattern for the nation, the nation's largest nurses union and professional association, and one of the country's biggest hospital systems today announced a landmark agreement that sets a national standard on containing the spread of ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Progress Made on Group B Streptococcus Vaccine
    Scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have completed a Phase II clinical study that indicates a vaccine to prevent Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection is possible. GBS is the ...More
    October 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Do Women Need Such Big Flu Shots?
    By Sabra L. Klein The emergence of the H1N1 swine flu has added urgency to what has become an annual ritual for millions of Americans: getting a flu shot. The good news is that scientists have developed a vaccine against the H1N1 virus. But it is taking much longer than ...More
    October 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pregnant Women at Risk of Flu-Related Complications
    Pregnant women who catch the flu are at serious risk for flu-related complications, including death, and that risk far outweighs the risk of possible side effects from injectable vaccines containing killed virus, according to an extensive review of published research and ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Two-Pronged Protein Attack Could be Source of SARS Virulence
    Ever since the previously unknown SARS virus emerged from southern China in 2003, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston virologists have focused on finding the source of the pathogen's virulence — its ability to cause disease. In the 2003 epidemic, ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Scientists Propose New Explanation for Flu Virus Antigenic Drift
    Influenza viruses evade infection-fighting antibodies by constantly changing the shape of their major surface protein. This shape-shifting, called antigenic drift, is why influenza vaccines—which are designed to elicit antibodies matched to each year's circulating ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Whooping Cough Immunity is Long-Lasting
    Immunity to whooping cough lasts at least 30 years on average, much longer than previously thought, an analysis by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of New Mexico shows. The research, by U-M professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Pejman ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Influenza's Achilles Heel: Antioxidants
    As the nation copes with a shortage of vaccines for H1N1 influenza, a team of Alabama researchers have raised hopes that they have found an Achilles' heel for all strains of the flu—antioxidants. In an article appearing in the November 2009 print issue of the ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Offers Infection Prevention Coloring Book
    The Joint Commission is offering a coloring book called “Stay Well and Keep Others Well” to help children learn how to prevent infection. The brochure talks about handwashing, covering your nose when you sneeze, covering your mouth when you cough, staying home ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Pumpkin Skin May Scare Away Germs
    The skin of that pumpkin you carve into a Jack-o'-Lantern on Halloween contains a substance that could put a scare into microbes that cause millions of cases of yeast infections in adults and infants each year. That's the conclusion of a new study, "Antifungal Mechanism of ...More
    October 28, 2009 Posted in News