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  • 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
  • Satellite Data Reveal Why Migrating Birds Have a Small Window to Spread Avian Flu
    In 2005 an outbreak of the H5N1 'bird flu' virus in South East Asia led to widespread fear with predictions that the intercontinental migration of wild birds could lead to global pandemic. Such fears were never realised, and now research published in the British Ecological ...More
    September 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • Research Yields Promising Malaria Drug Candidate
    A chemical that rid mice of malaria-causing parasites after a single oral dose may eventually become a new malaria drug if further tests in animals and people uphold the promise of early findings. The compound, NITD609, was developed by an international team of researchers ...More
    September 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • First Clinical Trials Successfully Completed on Potent New Hepatitis C Drug
    The first clinical trials on a new investigational drug being developed to treat infections caused by Hepatitis C virus have been successfully completed. Completion of the initial phase (phase 1a) of trials of INX-189, discovered and first prepared by researchers at Cardiff ...More
    September 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • UNC Hospitals Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections by 85 Percent
    The rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections at the University of North Carolina Hospitals has been reduced by 85 percent over the last 10 years, a new study by UNC researchers finds. This in turn resulted in the prevention of an estimated 887 infections and ...More
    September 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Isolation: Fighting Infection but Alienating Patients?
    I encourage you to read and ponder a recent essay in The New York Times written by Abigail Zuger, MD, an infectious disease physician in Manhattan. In "Isolation, an Ancient and Lonely Practice, Endures," Zuger describes the ordeal that contact isolation has become in ...More
    September 2, 2010 Posted in Blogs, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Revisions Eliminate Need for New NPSGs for 2011
    The Joint Commission has amended National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 7, specifically NPSG.07.03.01, Element of Performance 3, to further clarify its goals and standards. It is part of overall revisions to the NPSGs that eliminate the need to release new guidelines for 2011, ...More
    September 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Electronic Surveillance System Use Still Lagging in Surveyed Hospitals
    Less than one-quarter of infection prevention and control departments used an electronic surveillance system (ESS), report researchers who invited 350 acute-care hospitals in California to participate in a Web-based survey to determine ESS implementation, use and ...More
    September 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Latest NY HAI Report Shows Mandatory Disclosure Saves Lives, Committee Says
    Betsy McCaughey,PhD, founder and chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID), states, "The 2009 New York State Department of Health Hospital Acquired Infections Report (released Sept. 1, 2010) shows that mandatory disclosure saves lives by making hospitals work ...More
    September 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Chronic Lyme Disease: How Often is it Diagnosed and Treated?
    The existence of chronic Lyme disease is an issue of sharp debate within the medical community. Some healthcare workers who call themselves "Lyme literate" insist that chronic Lyme disease is frequently diagnosed and treated by primary care physicians. Others, however, ...More
    September 2, 2010 Posted in News