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  • Older Antibiotic Gains New Respect as Potent Treatment for Tuberculosis
    It has no current market, not even a prescription price. Its makers stopped commercial production years ago, because demand was so low. But an antibiotic long abandoned as a weak, low-dose treatment for tuberculosis (TB) may have found renewed purpose, this time as a ...More
    December 18, 2007 Posted in News
  • APIC Launches “Targeting Zero” Initiative to Eradicate Infections Deemed Preventable by CMS
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announce a series of new educational initiatives aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which include Clostridium difficile-associated disease ...More
    December 18, 2007 Posted in News
  • Getting to Zero
    What does zero tolerance mean to you as an ICP, and has your hospital adopted a zero tolerance program to target healthcare-acquired infections? I welcome your perspective for use in an upcoming story in ICT. Send your comments to me at kpyrek@vpico.com ...More
    December 17, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Hospitalizations for Children with HIV Drop by Nearly Two-Thirds
    The number of infants under age 2 with HIV who were hospitalized fell by 64 percent between 1998 and 2005, according to the latest News and Numbers by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. During the same period, hospitalizations for children and adolescents with ...More
    December 17, 2007 Posted in News
  • CDC Uses New Technical Approach to Enable Hospital Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections
    ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with timely assistance from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), is developing a standards-based solution for transmission of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) ...More
    December 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • Infectious Diseases Experts Issue New Strategies Report to Address Growing "Superbug" Problem
    ARLINGTON, Va. -- A new report presented today in Atlanta at a key meeting of federal policymakers and infectious diseases experts outlines a three-pronged strategy to address the growing public health and patient safety crisis of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" and other ...More
    December 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • Merck Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Lots of PEDVAXHIB® and COMVAX®
    WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- Merck & Co., Inc. announces that the company has initiated a voluntary recall of 11 lots of its Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine, PEDVAXHIB [Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate)], and two lots of its ...More
    December 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researcher Doubts U.S. Program to Track Avian Flu in Wild Birds
    A University of Kansas investigator closely following the spread of the avian influenza known as H5N1 said that U.S. government monitoring efforts easily could miss the entry of the virus into North America. A. Townsend Peterson, University Distinguished Professor of ...More
    December 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • Deadly Virus Strips Away Immune Defensive Measures
    When the alert goes out that a virus has invaded the body, cells that have yet to be attacked prepare by "armoring" themselves for combat, attaching specific antiviral molecules to many of their own proteins to help resist the invader. These antiviral molecules aren't ...More
    December 12, 2007 Posted in News
  • Immune Compound Blocks Virus' Hijacking of Antibodies
    Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that a controversial phenomenon known as antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of infection is suppressed by C1q, a bloodborne immune system compound. The link may give researchers the lead they ...More
    December 12, 2007 Posted in News