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  • Researchers Study Vaccine to Prevent C. diff Outbreaks
    The thought of being infected with MRSA brings fear and panic to those who know how fatal the flesh-eating bacterial infection can be. Now, recent reports show that a known bacterium is overtaking numbers of MRSA infections in hospital settings, making physicians ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Has Led to Changes in Pneumococcal Infections
    In the decade since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccination, significant shifts have occurred in the bacterial strains causing serious pneumococcal infections in children, according to a pair of studies in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • HPV Vaccination More Likely if Mothers Approve
    College women were more likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) if their mothers communicated with them about sex and if they thought their mothers would approve of their getting vaccinated, according to new Dartmouth research in the May issue of ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • WHO Admits Mishandling of Flu Pandemic
    Reuters is reporting today that the World Health Organization (WHO) has admitted that it made errors during its handling of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, including a hesitance to communicate the agency’s uncertainty about the novel virus as it jumped from country ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Harnessing the Web to Track Pathogens as They Evolve
    Pathogens can now be easily tracked in time and space as they evolve, an advance that could revolutionize both public health and inform national security in the fight against infectious diseases. Developed by researchers that include scientists at the American Museum of ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Does Faith Trump Hygiene?
    That’s the question clinicians are asking themselves now that the United Kingdom is allowing Muslim physicians and nurses to opt out of strict apparel codes introduced to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections – all in the name of preserving their ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Identify Mechanism that Triggers Vancomycin Resistance
    A new study led by the scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has uncovered for the first time how bacteria recognize and develop resistance to a powerful antibiotic used to treat superbug infections.Gerry Wright, a ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Triclosan Under Scrutiny
    Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today called for a ban on many applications of the antimicrobial chemical triclosan, which is found in most consumer soaps and countless other products ...More
    April 8, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Norovirus Transmission on an Airplane
    Transmission of norovirus on cruise ships is quite common, but Kirking HL, et al. (2010) report on possible transmission on an airplane. The researchers looked at the experiences of the members of a tour group who had diarrhea and vomiting throughout a flight from Boston to ...More
    April 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • VRSA Case Reported in Philadelphia
    The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting today that a patient at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital has acquired vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) most likely from a lack of antibiotic stewardship. The patient, who had been on dialysis, was transferred ...More
    April 8, 2010 Posted in News