• New Group Health Study Finds Association Between Common Childhood Infection and Neurologic Conditions
    SEATTLE -- A new study adds support to an increasing body of evidence that the common childhood bacterial infection known informally as strep throat is associated with an increased risk for some neurologic conditions that frequently start in childhood -- Tourette's syndrome ...More
    July 5, 2005 Posted in News
  • HIV Screening Recommended for All Pregnant Women
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new recommendation calling for all pregnant women, not just those identified as at risk for contracting HIV, to be screened for the infection. This recommendation is based on evidence that currently available tests accurately ...More
    July 5, 2005 Posted in News
  • Controlling Wildlife Trade Key to Preventing Health Crises
    According to a study by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), controlling the movements of wildlife in markets is a cost-effective means of keeping potential deadly pandemics such as SARS and influenza from occurring. The study appears in the July edition ...More
    July 5, 2005 Posted in News
  • Child Health Corporation of America Designates Ansell Healthcare as Surgical and Exam Glove Supplier
    RED BANK, N.J. --  Effective June 1, 2005, Ansell Healthcare Products LLC, a global leader in healthcare barrier protective products, has entered into a two-year supplier agreement with Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), a healthcare group purchasing ...More
    July 5, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Cancer Drug Slows Poxvirus in Mice
    Mice given a relatively new cancer drug can survive an otherwise lethal dose of vaccinia virus, a relative of smallpox virus, report scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The ...More
    July 4, 2005 Posted in News
  • Building Better Therapeutic Vaccines for Chronic Infections
    In recent years, researchers have become increasingly interested in developing therapeutic vaccines. Most Americans are familiar with prophylactic, or preventive vaccines, which protect an individual from infections; examples include the common pediatric vaccines as well as ...More
    July 4, 2005 Posted in News
    SPECIAL SCOPE CLEANING: Newer Technologies Require Thorough Reprocessing By Kathy Dix Reprocessing earlier models of endoscopes has always been challenging; however, new technologies have introduced even greater burdens on cleaning and decontamination staff. Shekhar Challa, ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    Waterborne Pathogens: What’s Lurking in Your Facility’s Pipes? By Jennifer Schraag The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 2 million patients contract infections during their stays in U.S. hospitals. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in the U.S. ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Product Locator
    Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) ASP has launched the STERRAD® NX Sterilization System, a new, fast, low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma system, which enables terminal sterilization of a wide variety of surgical instruments. Instruments such as cameras, light ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Control Today: IC Business
    Best Practices for Purchasing Managers By Kathy Dix Purchasing managers for the healthcare community face a unique challenge — obtaining the best values possible for the healthcare facility while ensuring that patient safety and infection control issues are kept at the ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles