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  • Plague Researchers Race to Beat Bioterrorists
    Given the many pressing concerns of the day, fear of plague probably isn’t what causes most Americans to lose sleep. But for those whose responsibility it is to combat bioterrorism, plague is among the highest priorities. Those charged with that mission include scientists ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Elderly May Not Benefit From TB Vaccines in Development
    Elderly people might not benefit from some of the tuberculosis vaccines currently in development, recent research suggests.Some vaccines under study are designed to activate a specific molecule that is an early participant in the immune response against TB in young people. ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • IAHCSMM Hires Government Affairs Director to Advance Legislative Efforts
    The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) announces that it has appointed Josephine Colacci, BA, JD, to serve as its government affairs director. The position was created to better assist IAHCSMM and its members in mandatory ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Childhood Viral Infection May Be a Cause of Obesity
    The emerging idea that obesity may have an infectious origin gets new support in a cross-sectional study by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers who found that children exposed to a particular strain of adenovirus were significantly more likely ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Research Shows Effectiveness of SwabCap
    New research reports that the SwabCap® disinfection cap for luer access valves helped hospitals meet several challenges with IV valve disinfection and Joint Commission-related compliance. A separate study concluded that the device passively disinfects luer access valves ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Expanded Line of Antibiotic-Impregnated Catheters from Cook Medical Helps Prevent HAIs
    Responding to increased demand for technology to help prevent potentially fatal catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), Cook Medical has expanded its Spectrum Turbo-Ject line of antibiotic impregnated peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs) to treat ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Pertussis Cases in California Reach 55-Year High
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that as of Sept. 14, 2010, there have been 4,017 confirmed, probable and suspect cases of pertussis (whooping cough) reported in 2010 for a state rate of 10.3 cases per 100,000. According to data from the CDPH, 3,985 ...More
    September 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Hand Hygiene, Smaller Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Have Impact on Reducing MRSA Rates
    In his presentation at the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy earlier this week, Sean Barnes, a PhD student at the University of Maryland, reported data showing that hand hygiene compliance by healthcare workers, coupled with a reduced ...More
    September 17, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • InVision-Plus IV Connector Reduces Infections, New Research Reports
    The InVision-Plus® needleless IV connector helped three different organizations sharply reduce – and in some cases completely eliminate – central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), according to three poster presentations that will be presented at AVA 2010, the ...More
    September 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Possible 'Persistence Switch' for Tuberculosis
    An examination of a portion of the tuberculosis genome that responds to stress has allowed Rice University bioengineers Oleg Igoshin and Abhinav Tiwari to zero in on a network of genes that may "switch" the disease into dormancy. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), ...More
    September 17, 2010 Posted in News