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  • Scientists Reveal Clues to How Bacteria and Viruses are Identified as Enemies
    A new research report in the October 2010 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology sheds important light on how our immune systems detect invading organisms to be destroyed and removed from our bodies. The information from this research should ultimately help lead to the ...More
    September 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Virginia Tech Professor Discovers New TB Pathogen
    Kathleen Alexander, associate professor of wildlife in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment, has discovered a novel tuberculosis (TB) species in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, a group of pathogens that have adapted by using mammals as hosts. ...More
    September 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • How to Ward Off the Flu
    Flu season officially begins Friday, Oct. 1, and unlike last year’s season when shortages lead to rationing, there will be plenty of vaccine on hand for everyone who wants a flu shot. "There are seven companies making flu vaccine this year and more than 160 million doses ...More
    September 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • American Lung Association Encourages Annual Influenza Vaccination
    Every American 6 months of age and older is recommended to receive an annual influenza immunization, according to new recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although it is early in the season, influenza cases have already been ...More
    September 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • BARDA Funds Development of Next-Generation Portable Ventilators
    A $6.7 million contract announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) will help fill the need for domestically manufactured, low-cost, user-friendly and flexible next-generation ...More
    September 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • IV Treatment May Lower Risk of Dying From Bacterial Meningitis
    New research shows that an intravenous (IV) treatment may cut a person’s risk of dying from bacterial meningitis. The research is published in the Sept. 29, 2010, online issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The treatment is called ...More
    September 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C Virus Faces New Weapon from Scientists
    In recent human trials for a promising new class of drug designed to target the hepatitis C virus (HCV) without shutting down the immune system, some of the HCV strains being treated exhibited signs of drug resistance. In response, an interdisciplinary team of Florida State ...More
    September 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • AHE Announces Member Recognition Awards
    The Association for Healthcare Environment (AHE), formerly known as the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES), announces the recipients of the 2010 Member Recognition Awards recognizing excellence in healthcare environmental services. Among the ...More
    September 29, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • New Mask Study Supports CDC's Updated Guidance for Seasonal Flu Prevention Strategies
    Crosstex International, a subsidiary of Cantel Medical Corp., announces today the publication of sponsored research that suggests a far greater infection prevention value of medical face masks, commonly referred to as surgical masks, than previously understood. The key ...More
    September 29, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • EPA Approves Registration of Disinfectant Designed to Kill C. diff Spores in 5 Minutes
    The Clorox Company announced at the annual meeting of the Association for the Healthcare Environment (formerly known as the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services) that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the registration of DISPATCH® ...More
    September 29, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization