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  • The Human Experience
    I was looking for something to do last weekend, so I decided to go to a movie. For those of you that know me well, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. I like movies so much that if given the option of living in a movie house, it would be hard to say no. There is a ...More
    April 20, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Who is at Risk for MRSA?
    A multi-center study led by a researcher at Rhode Island Hospital has determined that long-term elder care, HIV-infected and hemodialysis patients are at increased risk of carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nose. The study also found that ...More
    April 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • STERIS Corporation Announces Agreement With FDA
    STERIS Corporation today announced it has reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the terms of a consent decree regarding its System 1 liquid chemical sterilization system. Included in the agreement is a transition plan with a rebate program for ...More
    April 20, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • How Infection and Inflammation Can Lead to Cancer
    New research is emerging that suggests a link between infection-related diseases and risk of cancer, according to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 101st annual meeting. “Chronic or recurrent inflammatory conditions appear to ...More
    April 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Species of Human Malaria Recognized
    Scientists investigating ovale malaria, a form of the disease thought to be caused by a single species of parasite, have confirmed that the parasite is actually two similar but distinct species which do not reproduce with each other, according to research published in the ...More
    April 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Chicken Antibodies May Help Prevent H5N1 Pandemic
    Scientists have discovered for the first time that antibodies in common eggs laid by hens vaccinated against the H5N1 virus can potentially prevent a possible H5N1 pandemic, raising the possibility that the same principle could be applied to the current H1N1 influenza ...More
    April 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Treatment-Resistant Ringworm is Highly Prevalent Among Children in Metropolitan Elementary Schools
    Approximately 7 percent of elementary school children across the bi-state, Kansas City metropolitan area are infected with the fungus Trichophyton tonsurans (T. tonsurans), the leading cause of ringworm in the U.S., according to a new study published today in Pediatrics. ...More
    April 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Groups Respond to Report on Quality and HAIs
    The following statement was issued by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) in response to the Agency for Healthcare ...More
    April 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Are Health Insurers Cashing in on Fast Food?
    "A new study finds that companies selling health and life insurance invest nearly $2 billion in fast food restaurants, Scientific American reports." I found this to be an interesting opening sentence in a news item posted to U.S. News & World Report's Health Buzz. It ...More
    April 16, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • For Older Adults, Flu Season Tends to Peak First in Nevada, Last in Maine
    An analysis of hospitalization records for adults age 65 and over found that seasonal flu tends to move in traveling waves, peaking earliest in western states such as Nevada, Utah, and California and working its way east. New England states such as Rhode Island, Maine, and ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News