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  • Mystery E. coli Genes Essential for Survival of Many Species
    Scientists have shown that E. coli – one of the best known and extensively studied organisms in the world – remains an enigma that may hold the key to human diseases, such as cancer. The team, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Leading Pathogen in Newborns Can Suppress Immune Cell Function
    Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a bacterial pathogen that causes sepsis and meningitis in newborn infants, is able to shut down immune cell function in order to promote its own survival, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Infection Control Requirements for ASCs: What You Need to Know
    On Nov. 18, 2008 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule (73 FR 68502), which included revisions to the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) in 42 CFR 416.2 ...More
    July 9, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Flu Could Return With a Vengeance
    The Obama administration is warning the public to prepare themselves for a possible swift return of the influenza A(H1N1) virus this fall. The announcement was made today at the H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit, held to prepare states for the possibility of a more severe ...More
    July 9, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • ASHES Announces New Award for Environmental Services
    The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Clorox Company announced today the addition of the Excellence in Safety and Quality Improvement in Environmental Services award to the prestigious line up ...More
    July 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Offers Ambulatory Care Infection Prevention Resources
    In an effort to help outpatient care facilities develop and maintain infection prevention programs, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces a comprehensive set of resources for ambulatory care.The centerpiece of the program ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Takes Action Against Manufacturer for Listeria Contamination
    The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), today filed a complaint seeking injunctive relief against Peregrina Cheese, Inc., (Peregrina Cheese), Brooklyn, N.Y. and two of its officers: Javier Peregrina and Isabel Peregrina.The ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Public Health Regulation to Reduce Salmonella Illnesses
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a regulation expected to prevent each year 79,000 cases of foodborne illness and 30 deaths caused by consumption of eggs contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella Enteritidis. The final rule requires preventive measures ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Suggest Link Between Oral Bacterial Infection and Obesity
    A scientific team from the Forsyth Institute has discovered new links between certain oral bacteria and obesity. In a recent study, the researchers demonstrated that the salivary bacterial composition of overweight women differs from non-overweight women. This preliminary ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • National Patient Safety Goal 7: Recommendations for Compliance
    Editor's note: This article is part two of a two-part series. To access part one, CLICK HERE.Note: The Joint Commission is revising the 2009 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) and the 2009 Universal Protocol to clarify language and make sure that they are relevant to the ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in Articles