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  • Scientists Identify Blood Component that Turns Bacteria Virulent
    Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have discovered the key chemical that signals Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax, to become lethal. This finding opens up new avenues of exploration for the development of treatments for bacterial infections. ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Iowa and Nebraska Hospitals Partner to Prevent Pressure Ulcers
    Hospitals in Nebraska and one in Iowa are working to improve clinical quality by preventing and reducing pressure ulcers. The hospitals have joined a Rapid Adoption Network (RAN), a virtual network that allows them to share information about clinical practices to accelerate ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study of Ancient and Modern Plagues Finds Common Features
    In 430 B.C., a new and deadly disease—its cause remains a mystery—swept into Athens. The walled Greek city-state was teeming with citizens, soldiers and refugees of the war then raging between Athens and Sparta. As streets filled with corpses, social order broke ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Report Shows Growing Industry Effort on “Most Neglected” Diseases
    The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has published a new edition of its Status Report on Pharmaceutical Industry R&D for Diseases of the Developing World. The new report shows that the number of medicine and vaccine ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover New Ebola Virus
    The Nov. 21 issue of the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens features a paper by Jonathan S. Towner and colleagues, “In the Newly Discovered Ebola Virus Associated with Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in Uganda,” in which the authors describe their discovery of a new ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • If Avian Flu Hits, Look for Drop in U.S. Poultry Market
    If a case of avian flu is discovered in a U.S. poultry flock, it’s likely that poultry consumption would decline. The level of decline would also be likely to vary in different parts of the nation. KansasStateUniversity surveyed 2,000 people by mail in Wichita, Kan., ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Making Waves on HAIs Across the Pond
    The United Kingdom has been making some waves across the pond as it attempts to eliminate hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) but not every UK country has been following Britain’s lead – until now. Scotland’s health secretary Nicola Sturgeon is launching ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Keeping an Eye on Hib Infections Due to Vaccine Shortage
    HealthDay News is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is stepping up its surveillance of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infections, a major cause of bacterial illness in children, due to a shortage of the vaccine. To read the complete ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Common Cold Virus Came From Birds
    A virus that causes cold-like symptoms in humans originated in birds and may have crossed the species barrier around 200 years ago, according to an article published in the December issue of the Journal of General Virology. Scientists hope their findings will help us ...More
    November 20, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • White Paper Details Infection Control Challenges Hospitals Must Address During Construction
    NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Hospitals and healthcare institutions are challenged to devise policies and procedures that allow construction projects to take place while maintaining Environment of Care (EC) standards. A free white paper that addresses these challenges is available for ...More
    November 20, 2008 Posted in News