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  • An Infection Prevention Update From Across the Pond
    The BBC is reporting that even though MRSA and C. diff rates are falling, a number of  NHS trusts in England are still experiencing breaches in infection prevention and control practices, according to a new health super-regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Vaccine for the Infected? New TB Vaccine Clears Important Hurdle
    An urgently needed new tuberculosis vaccine cleared a vital step in testing, an important advance at time when one-third of the world’s population is believed to be have latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), which, when re-activated, can cause full-blown disease.The ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study: Every 1.7 Minutes a Medicare Beneficiary Experiences a Patient Safety Event
    The 2009 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients were identified in a report issued today by the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. These hospitals represent an elite group that save lives, save money and prevent errors at a higher ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells in Skin Fight Off Infection Better Than the Rest
    Scientists at the University of Melbourne have discovered the local action of immune cells in the skin, which could improve treatment of viral skin infections.This work identifies previously unrecognized first-line defense mechanisms that are particularly important in ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Has HIV Become More Virulent?
    Damage to patients’ immune systems is happening sooner now than it did at the beginning of the HIV epidemic, suggesting the virus has become more virulent, according to a new study in the May 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.Conventional wisdom says ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • April 7 is World Health Day
    World Health Day 2009 focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. Health centers and staff are critical lifelines for vulnerable people in disasters -- treating injuries, preventing illnesses and ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Ministers to Accelerate Efforts Against Drug-Resistant TB
    BEIJING -- Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.Global leaders, including WHO director-general Dr. ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • NJ Physician’s License Suspended for Possible Link to Hepatitis B Outbreak
    FoxNews.com is reporting today that a New Jersey physician’s license has been suspended temporarily while health officials investigate the circumstances surrounding five patients testing positive for hepatitis B. To read the complete news item, CLICK ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows U.S. AIDS Relief Program Saved 1 Million Lives
    The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the ambitious U.S. government program begun in 2003, has cut the death toll from HIV/AIDS through 2007 by more than 10 percent in targeted countries in Africa, though it has had no appreciable effect on prevalence of the ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Seaweed Surface Chemicals Could be Source for Potential Antifungal Drugs
    A new analytical technique is helping scientists learn how organisms as simple as seaweed can mount complex chemical defenses to protect themselves from microbial threats such as fungus. Known as desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS), the technique ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News