• New Study Says Television Remote Control is Leading Carrier of Bacteria in Patient's Hospital Room
    PHOENIX -- A new study by University of Arizona microbiology professor Charles Gerba ranks the TV remote control as the highest carrier of bacteria in a patient's hospital room compared to the toilet bowl handle, bathroom door and call buttons, among others. Even more ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • APIC Elects New Leadership
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has elected seven new officers to its board of directors, including a president-elect and secretary. Denise M. Murphy, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, has been elected to the position of ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • New Study Says Drug Combo Against AIDS-Related Infections Also Prevents Malaria
    A drug combination used to prevent pneumonia and opportunistic bacterial infection in persons with HIV/AIDS has unexpectedly been found to be highly effective at preventing malaria, according to a study published in the Nov. 15, 2005 issue of the Journal of Infectious ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • Three More Cases of Polio Virus Infection Reported in Central Minnesota
    Three additional cases of polio virus infection have now been identified in central Minnesota, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Three children – all members of the same family – have now been found to be infected with the virus. MDH ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • FDA Issues Update on Influenza Vaccine Supply
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating the public on the status of influenza vaccine availability for the 2005-2006 influenza season. The FDA anticipates the production of more vaccine than last year. At this time, the agency says it does not know the exact ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • Dopamine Response in Patients in Septic Shock Predicts Mortality
    DES PLAINES, Ill. – Patients in septic shock who respond to dopamine, a commonly used sepsis therapy to stabilize blood pressure, have a better chance of survival than those who did not respond to dopamine, according to an article in the October issue of Critical Care ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • First 24 Hours of Severe Sepsis May Be Most Important
    DES PLAINES, Ill. – Organ function improvement, or lack thereof, in the first 24 hours of severe sepsis is highly predictive of the overall disease course, according to an article in the October issue of Critical Care Medicine. The researchers found that improvement in ...More
    October 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • TB Alliance and Bayer Launch Historic Global Drug Trials for Tuberculosis
    NEW YORK, and LEVERKUSEN, Germany -- The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) and Bayer Healthcare AG today announced a partnership to coordinate a global clinical trial program to study the potential of an existing antibiotic, moxifloxacin, to shorten the ...More
    October 17, 2005 Posted in News
  • Newest Study Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism
    A new systematic review of dozens of statistically sound studies has revealed “no credible evidence” that the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine causes long-term disabilities such as autism or bowel disease. Some doctors and parents believe that a mercury-based ...More
    October 17, 2005 Posted in News
  • Corticosteroids Often Used in Treatment of Infectious Mononucleosis
    Corticosteroids are used often in the treatment of infectious mononucleosis, and for reasons beyond usual criteria, according to a study in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. Systemic corticosteroid therapy (SCT) in the treatment of ...More
    October 17, 2005 Posted in News