• The Scrubs-as-Streetwear Debate Continues
    While the healthcare community at large and the infection prevention community in specific continue to debate the wearing-scrubs-on-the-street issue, an interesting snippet appears in today’s New York Times. Writer C. Claiborne Ray, writes, “Though a bigger infection risk ...More
    November 21, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Clean Hands, Happy Holidays: New Dial Complete® for the Kitchen to Take On E. coli and Salmonella in Holiday Kitchens Across America
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that foodborne illness cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States every year, many of which are preventable. With raw food and ...More
    November 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • HHS Buys Additional Vaccine for Potential Use in an Influenza Pandemic
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt announces the purchase of additional vaccine that could be used in the event of a potential influenza pandemic. The department has awarded contracts totaling $199.45 million to three vaccine makers to ...More
    November 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Safer Method for Large-Scale Malaria Screening Developed
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Malaria Research Institute have developed a new test for detecting the malaria parasite in human urine and saliva. Although not a diagnostic test for determining treatment, the method could potentially ...More
    November 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Kimberly-Clark Launches MICROCUFF Endotracheal Tube
    ROSWELL, Ga. -- Kimberly-Clark announces today the launch of the KIMBERLY-CLARK* MICROCUFF* Endotracheal Tube, an airway management device designed to reduce the leakage of potentially infectious secretions into the lungs. The excellent sealing capability of the MICROCUFF* ...More
    November 21, 2006 Posted in News
  • Cardinal Health and SurgiCount Medical Sign Exclusive Agreement for Bar-coded Lap Sponges, OR Towels and Gauze
    DUBLIN, Ohio -- Cardinal Health announces it has signed an exclusive national agreement with SurgiCount Medical Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. to make available its patented Safety Sponge™ System to hospitals and surgery centers across ...More
    November 20, 2006 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Doctors Urge Americans to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu
    The nation's infectious disease experts are reminding all Americans to get vaccinated against influenza this flu season. National Influenza Vaccination Week is Nov. 27 through Dec. 3. "The flu vaccine is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and the ones you love ...More
    November 20, 2006 Posted in News
  • Lactoferrin Deals Another Blow to Pathogen
    Researchers at the University of Arkansas have found another tool for fighting foodborne pathogens. By activating lactoferrin, an antimicrobial compound, they were able to reduce Listeria monocytogenes to nondetectable levels. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can ...More
    November 20, 2006 Posted in News
  • Triumphs and Hurdles for the New HPV Vaccine
    Significant progress in women’s health was made this summer when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. The vaccine was given the green light for use in younger women, as a way to protect against human ...More
    November 20, 2006 Posted in News
  • “Kill the Cough” Survey Reveals Americans' Dislike of Germs
    The good folks at Halls cough drops announce the findings of their "Kill the Cough" survey, revealing just how repulsive most Americans find the simple act of coughing. According to the survey, one possible source of America's avoidance of individuals who cough is the ...More
    November 20, 2006 Posted in Blogs