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  • Researchers Discover Gene Responsible for Staph Severity
    Scientists studying Staphylococcus bacteria, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), have discovered a potent staph toxin responsible for disease severity. They also found the gene for the toxin traveling with a genetic component of Staphylococcus that controls ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • ... More on Nurse Jackie
    OK, I am now officially caught up on Nurse Jackie thanks to my DVR and Showtime online. I have to admit that I am a fan. There has been something bothering me about this show, and I haven't been able to put my finger on what it was until last night. This show reminds me, in ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Recovery Act Funds Efforts to Address Infections in Surgery Centers
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today provided the down payment for a nationwide effort to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)  in same-day surgical centers. The first effort will begin later this month in 12 states under provisions of the American ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Sanitizer Automates Disinfection of Hard-to-Clean Hospital Equipment
    At right: The SUDS sanitizer.Johns Hopkins experts in applied physics, computer engineering, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, microbiology, pathology and surgery have unveiled a 7-foot-tall, $10,000 shower-cubicle-shaped device that automatically sanitizes in 30 ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization, Hand Hygiene
  • Hepatitis C Virus Carriers Experience Substantial Increase in Mortality
    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a bloodborne disease that causes inflammation of the liver and to which there is currently no vaccine available. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 3 percent of the world’s population, approximately 170 million people, are ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Higher Drug Doses Needed to Defeat Tuberculosis
    The typical dose of a medication considered pivotal in treating tuberculosis effectively is much too low to account for modern-day physiques, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers say. The finding, reported online and in the August edition of Antimicrobial Agents and ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Virulence of H1N1 Virus
    Laboratory studies at Kansas State University and the work of a K-State researcher are making headway in the effort to control the pandemic H1N1 infuenza virus. Juergen Richt is a Regents Distinguished Professor at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and is a Kansas ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Zinc Research Suggests Novel Therapeutic Targets
    Everyone knows that vitamins "from A to zinc" are important for good health. Now, a new research study in the August 2009 print issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc may be pointing the way to new therapeutic targets for fighting infections. ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Promotes Safe Injection Practices to Prevent Bloodborne Infections
    In response to continued reports of infection control flaws in outpatient healthcare clinics that have put thousands of patients at risk for serious infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced its strong support ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met today to make recommendations for use of vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1).  The committee met to develop recommendations on who should receive vaccine ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News