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  • What’s in a Name?
    Everything, according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), which announced yesterday that infection control professionals should now be referred to as “infection preventionists.” APIC says that this new nomenclature ...More
    July 11, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • APIC Announces New Name for Infection Control Profession
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — To articulate the expanding roles of its members, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced that infection control professionals will now be referred to as “infection preventionists.” This ...More
    July 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Molecular Epidemiologist Joins Cepheid to Head Healthcare-Associated Infection Consortium Program
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Cepheid announces the appointment of leading molecular epidemiologist and expert on healthcare-associated infections, Fred Tenover, PhD, as senior director of scientific affairs. Tenover will serve as a liaison with the infection control community and ...More
    July 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Fruit Fly Gene Study Could Yield New Flu Treatments
    As they design new drugs to fight off influenza, scientists may not need to attack the virus directly. Instead, they may be able to stave off infection by targeting one of more than 100 proteins inside host cells on which the virus depends. These potential drug targets are ...More
    July 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • CDC and Premier Work Together to Eliminate Occupational Needlestick Injuries
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 385,000 needlestick and other sharps-related injuries are sustained annually by hospital-based healthcare personnel, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, with countless others occurring in nursing homes, ...More
    July 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Public Health Experts Discuss Current Infectious Disease Threats
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Updates on the impact of climate changes on insect-borne diseases, the control of MRSA infections, and the importance of childhood immunizations were presented today at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  The news ...More
    July 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Research Team Working to Decode TB
    Tuberculosis may call to mind Old West consumptives and early 20th-century sanatoriums, yet according to the World Health Organization, the disease took the lives of more than 1.5 million people worldwide in 2006. In the United States alone, thousands of new cases are ...More
    July 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Consumers' Refrigerators are a Danger Zone for Foodborne Illnesses
    Research shows that only 20 percent of consumers use thermometers, and a mere 30 percent are aware that they should have them in their refrigerators. Several experts addressed home-based food safety issues in “Consumers’ Refrigerators: A Danger Zone” ...More
    July 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Listeria Control in Consumer Products
    Most cases of Listeria occur at the deli counter rather than at the manufacturer, yet most of the federal government’s sanitary guidelines are geared toward plants. At this year’s Institute of Food Technologists Annual Conference and Food Expo, experts from the ...More
    July 7, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • New Antibiotic Beats Superbugs at Their Own Game
    Strains of bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin grow easily in its presence (top), but are completely eliminated (bottom) when exposed to Ceftobiprole.    The problem with antibiotics is that, eventually, bacteria outsmart them and become ...More
    July 7, 2008 Posted in News