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  • New Drug Targets May Fight Tuberculosis, Bacterial Infections in Novel Way
    Over the course of the 20th century, doctors waged war against infectious bacterial illness with the best new weapon they had: antibiotics. But the emergence of dangerous, multi-drug resistant strains of tuberculosis and other killer infections means that in the 21st ...More
    December 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • Eltrombopag Effective for Hepatitis C Patients With Low Blood-Platelet Counts
    For patients with hepatitis C, having a low blood platelet count is a frequent complication associated with advanced disease. This problem is compounded by the fact that standard antiviral treatment for the disease can further reduce platelet numbers to dangerously low ...More
    December 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • Seeking Clues to How Tuberculosis Infects Cells
    Cornell researchers are using advanced genetic techniques to better understand the relationship between the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and the human immune system defense cells that engulf them. The researchers have discovered that unlike many bacterial pathogens, ...More
    December 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • In Largest U.S. Hepatitis C Trial, Researchers Determine Weight-Based Dosing is Key to Optimal Treatment
    As reported recently in the journal Hepatology, WIN-R, a multicenter study of more than 5,000 patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) showed treatment with weight-based REBETOL® (ribavirin, USP) (RBV) in combination with pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) alfa-2b achieved ...More
    December 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • 2008
    2007 has been an eventful year, and I hope it has been a good one for you as well. Infection Control Today is gearing up for another year of providing useful information to you so you may grow and prosper in your career. The New Year will begin with a shot gun start with ...More
    December 27, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • What Does Being an ICP Mean to You?
    With the holiday season just behind us, hopefully we have all had a chance to take stock of our lives and make resolutions for the new year, 2008. When I really sit down and count my blessings, I have to include stumbling into this role of the infection control practitioner ...More
    December 20, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Finding Common Ground
    The operating room (OR) calls the sterile processing department (SPD) and says, “Where is the doctor’s ortho tray?” The SPD replies, “We sent it up in the case cart.” The OR then says, “We can’t find it, no you didn’t.” The SPD insists, “Well, it’s up there, we just sent it ...More
    December 20, 2007 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • A New Year, New Issues, and New Resolve to Fight Infections
    It’s a new year, so of course everyone’s talking about making a list of resolutions. If you’re like me, you get out last year’s list and resolve to do better. My list doesn’t change much from year to year, in that I strive for excellence in all pursuits and try not to let ...More
    December 20, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • 2008 Industry Report: Infection Prevention Industry Update
    We are entering one of the most active, interesting and challenging times in the history of infection prevention and control. In this special section we explore a number of critical issues that will define the future of the field and establish new precedents in how ...More
    December 20, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • CS Workers Find Recent Updates Helpful, Look Forward to January HICPAC Standards
    In this new year, more central service (CS) community members will become familiar with two sterilization standards that were updated in late 2006, and will also find help from another update that is expected any time in January 2008. Perhaps most important is ST79, a ...More