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  • Study Finds Face Masks and Hand Hygiene Can Help Limit Influenza’s Spread
    Ordinary face masks and hand hygiene can effectively reduce the transmission of influenza-like illness during flu season. The finding comes from a new study, now available online, published in the Feb. 15, 2010 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.  In an ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Disease Severity in H1N1 Patients
    A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) concerning the severity of H1N1 influenza has found that admissions to an intensive care unit (ICU) were associated with a longer interval between symptom onset and treatment with antivirals and with ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Gets Rid of the Cell's Security Guards
    A viral infection is like an uninvited, tenacious houseguest in the cell, using a range of tricks to prevent its eviction. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified one of the key proteins allowing herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA to fly under ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Prompt Vaccination Reduces Chickenpox Risk After Exposure
    For people who haven't had chickenpox and are exposed to an ill family member, getting vaccinated within five days can reduce the risk of developing chickenpox—or at least reduce the severity of disease, reports a study in the January issue of the Pediatric Infectious ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Simple Steps Prevent Life-Threatening Bloodstream Infections in Children
    Pediatric hospitals can significantly decrease the number of bloodstream infections from central venous catheters by following some low-tech rules: Insert the catheter correctly and, above all, keep everything squeaky clean after that.Yearlong research by Marlene Miller, ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Herpes Medication Does Not Reduce Risk of HIV Transmission
    A five-year international multi-center clinical trial has found that acyclovir, a drug widely used as a safe and effective treatment taken twice daily to suppress herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), which is the most common cause of genital herpes, does not reduce the risk of ...More
    January 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Retail Meat Linked to UTIs
    Chicken sold in supermarkets, restaurants and other outlets may place young women at risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), McGill researcher Amee Manges has discovered. Samples taken in the Montreal area between 2005 and 2007, in collaboration with the Public Health ...More
    January 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • ConvaTec Donates Medical Supplies to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts
    ConvaTec today announced that it has made an initial donation of more than $400,000 in medical supplies to rescue and relief efforts in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake that hit that nation last week.Working through the ConvaTec manufacturing facility in Haina, ...More
    January 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • 1918 and 2009 H1N1 Flu Probably Not Spread by Birds
    The two strains of the H1N1 influenza virus responsible for the 1918 and 2009 global flu pandemics do not cause disease in birds. The results of the study, published in the February issue of the Journal of General Virology, also show it is unlikely that birds played a role ...More
    January 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Optimize New Detergent for Instrument Disinfection
    A new fast-acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions could help to reduce the spread of deadly infections in hospitals, according to research published in the February issue of the Journal of General Virology.Researchers from the ...More
    January 20, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization