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  • Hold the Fries
    I was just browsing the health news moments ago and came across a story about how kids' fast-food meals are high in calories. Gee, that is complete news to me! NOT! For years, America has been known as an overweight country. If you traced back the origin of when we ...More
    August 5, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • National Quality Forum Endorses National Consensus Standards
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To fill gaps in assessing clinician performance that can promote higher quality healthcare, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 67 clinician-level consensus standards relating to cancer care, infectious diseases, perioperative care, and care ...More
    August 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dirty Currency also Drug-Laced is reporting on a study showing paper money contains significant traces of cocaine, and that U.S. currency is the most contaminated by the illicit white powder. (The research is published in the latest issue of the journal Trends in Analytical Chemistry.) ...More
    August 5, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Sanofi Pasteur Shipping First Doses of Influenza Vaccine for the 2008-2009 Season
    SWIFTWATER, Pa. and LYON, France – Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, began shipping influenza vaccine (Fluzone(R), Influenza Virus Vaccine) in the United States for the 2008-2009 season. The first 1.3 million doses of influenza vaccine ...More
    August 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sesame Seed Extract and Konjac Gum May Help Ward off Salmonella and E. coli
    A new study in SCI's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that konjac gum and sesame seed extract may offer protection against different strains of E. coli and Salmonella bacteria.The study by Dr. Petra Becker and colleagues from Wageningen University and ...More
    August 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • 1 in 10 Children Using Cough, Cold Medications
    BOSTON — Researchers from BostonUniversity's SloneEpidemiologyCenter have found that approximately 1 in 10 U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week. These findings appear in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.Pediatric ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Salmonella Saintpaul Lawsuit Filed
    The Seattle-based law firm Marler Clark announces the filing of the first lawsuit stemming from the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1,319 people, hospitalized 255 and caused the death of two people in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The suit was filed ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Protein Predicts Survival in Pediatric Septic Shock
    Measuring a protein produced by the immune system within 24 hours of a child being admitted to the hospital for septic shock can help improve child survival rates, according to research conducted at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and published in the ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • APIC Issues Statement on New CMS Payment Regulations
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kathy Warye, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), issued the following statement today: “Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer reimburse ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sound Off About Your Profession!
    Infection Prevention Week is Oct. 19-25 this year, and in honor of the important work that you do, I’d like ICT readers to sound off about the joys and challenges of their profession, for publication in the October issue of ICT. Drop me a line at and ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Blogs