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  • Whooping Cough Immunity is Long-Lasting
    Immunity to whooping cough lasts at least 30 years on average, much longer than previously thought, an analysis by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of New Mexico shows. The research, by U-M professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Pejman ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Influenza's Achilles Heel: Antioxidants
    As the nation copes with a shortage of vaccines for H1N1 influenza, a team of Alabama researchers have raised hopes that they have found an Achilles' heel for all strains of the flu—antioxidants. In an article appearing in the November 2009 print issue of the ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Offers Infection Prevention Coloring Book
    The Joint Commission is offering a coloring book called “Stay Well and Keep Others Well” to help children learn how to prevent infection. The brochure talks about handwashing, covering your nose when you sneeze, covering your mouth when you cough, staying home ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Pumpkin Skin May Scare Away Germs
    The skin of that pumpkin you carve into a Jack-o'-Lantern on Halloween contains a substance that could put a scare into microbes that cause millions of cases of yeast infections in adults and infants each year. That's the conclusion of a new study, "Antifungal Mechanism of ...More
    October 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Triple-Combo Drug Shows Promise Against Antiviral-Resistant Swine Flu
    An experimental drug cocktail that includes three prescriptions now widely available offers the best hope in developing a single agent to treat drug-resistant H1N1 swine flu, says a virology researcher in the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric ...More
    October 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Mortality Risk Increases for Older Patients with Dementia
    An epidemiological study on pneumonia and influenza in adults age 65 and over reports that patients with dementia are diagnosed with flu less frequently, have shorter hospital stays, and have a 50 percent higher rate of death than those without dementia. The three-pronged ...More
    October 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Long Hair and SSIs: Any Connection?
    An ICT reader asks, "Are there any standards addressing whether nurses with long hair should have it secured away from the face and from hanging over the patient when providing care?  Does the possibility of long hair dropping onto the patient in pre-operative and ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Pandemic Flu Declared National Emergency
    On Saturday, President Barack Obama declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic to be a national emergency.  The statement from Obama  issued by the White House reads as follows: “Pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621), I hereby ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Intravenous Antiviral Peramivir for 2009 H1N1 Influenza for Certain Patients, Settings
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that, in response to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational antiviral drug peramivir intravenous (IV) in certain ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • C. Diff Infection Rising in Community Settings, Study Finds
    Mayo Clinic researchers have found that a sometimes deadly stomach bug, Clostridium difficile, is on the rise in outpatient settings. Clostridium difficile is a serious bacteria that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News