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  • Nationwide Survey Reports that Mothers View Cleaning Homes and Toys as Essential to Preventing Colds and Flu
    WASHINGTON -- A newly released national survey of mothers found that keeping their homes clean was the best means of protecting their families from the germs that cause colds and flu. Likewise, there is a general recognition that toys can be a significant source of germs. ...More
    November 27, 2007 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Cholera Can be Controlled With Oral Vaccines
    SEATTLE -- Endemic cholera, a potentially fatal diarrheal disease found in the world's most impoverished countries, could be effectively controlled by orally vaccinating half of the affected populations once every two years for only pennies per dose, according to new ...More
    November 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • Pneumococcal Infection Rates Drop, Despite Uneven Childhood Vaccination
    Since its addition to the list of routine immunizations in 2000, one childhood vaccine has helped prevent some pneumococcal-related illness, including pneumonia and otitis media. The percentage of children receiving pneumococcal vaccines, known as PCV7, is rising steadily. ...More
    November 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis Scare Creates New Concern Among Patients
    Don’t miss writer Keith Herbert’s article on the alleged practices of a New York anesthesiologist who may have reused a syringe and contaminated multi-dose vials, which is believed to have caused the hepatitis C infection of at least one of his patients. State ...More
    November 26, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Promotes National Influenza Vaccination Week to Encourage Flu Vaccination Throughout the Influenza Season
    To help encourage people who have not yet gotten an influenza vaccination to do so, the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, and other partners will be holding the second annual National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Nov. ...More
    November 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • Doctors and Patients Poorly Informed About Herpes
    Family doctors and patients with herpes are poorly informed about the viral infection, indicate the results of an online survey, published ahead of print in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. And there seem to be diverging opinions about how the infection is ...More
    November 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • ARJO/Getinge/Maquet Announce New West Coast Showroom Opening
    ROSELLE, Ill. -- ARJO, Inc. USA announces the opening of the Getinge / ARJO / Maquet West Coast showroom in Costa Mesa, Calif. The 6,000-square-foot facility gives prospective customers the ability to evaluate ARJO Extended Care Products, GETINGE Infection Control and ...More
    November 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • And Now, for a Break From MRSA ...
    News of a mutated version of a common cold virus that has caused 10 deaths in the last 18 months is making its rounds in the mainstream press. The good news is, not only have people have stopped talking about MRSA for the moment, but officials at the Centers for Disease ...More
    November 19, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Tiny Silicone Hotel Reveals How Bacteria Control Crowds
    Using a device composed of microscopic rooms and hallways that was designed and fabricated at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a team of researchers from four institutions has determined how bacteria self-organize during the early stages of colony formation. ...More
    November 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • Poxvirus's Ability to Hide from the Immune System May Aid Vaccine Design
    The cowpox virus, a much milder cousin of the deadly smallpox virus, can keep infected host cells from warning the immune system that they have been compromised, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. The scientists also showed that ...More
    November 16, 2007 Posted in News