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  • Hospital Superbugs on the Rise Despite Prevention Efforts, Study Shows
    Although infection control has been substantially ramped up in Canadian hospitals since the SARS crisis of 2003, resistant bacterial infections post-SARS are multiplying even faster, a new Queen's University study shows.Led by Queen's University epidemiologist Dr. Dick ...More
    November 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Gene That Regulates Mold's Resistance to Drugs
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State University scientists concerned about lethal mold infections have found a gene that regulates the mold's resistance to drugs.The gene, called srbA, allows molds to thrive during infections even when inflammation reduces its oxygen supply, ...More
    November 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Forgotten, But Not Gone: Leprosy Still Present in the U.S.
    Long believed to be a disease of biblical times, leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, continues to be seen in the United States. "Approximately 150 cases are diagnosed each year with 3,000 people in the U.S. currently being treated for leprosy,” says James ...More
    November 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Far-UV Light Disinfection of Hospital Computer Keyboards
    Author's note: This article is based upon work supported in part with funds provided by the VA National Center for Patient Safety plus resources and the use of facilities at the VA Central California Health Care System.Electronic equipment such as computer keyboards that is ...More
    November 6, 2008 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • UV Light's Germicidal Properties Aid in Fight Against HAIs
    The germicidal properties of ultraviolet light are of renewed interest to clinicians wanting to employ technology in the fight against healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Essentially, ultraviolet light kills bacteria and viruses by damaging their nucleic acid, thus ...More
    November 6, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Missing the Point on SPD Staff Certification
    I have worked for several hospital systems that offer financial incentives to encourage staff to become certified when they work in sterile processing (SP). Most of the people I work with became certified because of the economic boost associated with the title. I have also ...More
    November 6, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Herpes Drug Inhibits HIV Replication, but With a Price
    The anti-herpes drug acyclovir can also directly slow down HIV infection by targeting the reverse transcriptase (RT) enzyme, researchers report in this week's JBC. This beneficial effect does pose a risk though, as HIV-infected cells treated with acyclovir promote the ...More
    November 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • XDR-TB: Deadlier and More Mysterious Than Ever
    New research has found that XDR-TB is increasingly common and more deadly than previously known. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is a growing public health threat that is only just beginning to be understood by medical and public health officials. Patients ...More
    November 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • An Homage to Michael Crichton, an Original Microbe Man
    Michael Crichton died from cancer today, and I am saddened by the loss of an independent thinker who stirred up controversy and cautioned against "consensus science." You may recognize Crichton's name from across the entire spectrum of popular culture, but did you know that ...More
    November 5, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • A Response to the Compendium of Strategies to Fight HAIs
    Consensus can make for progress. Or it can make for empty promises. The release of the "Compendium of Strategies" announced recently by the Joint Commisssion, the AHA, SHEA and APIC makes for a little of both. Agreement achieved by these diverse groups may do little to ...More
    November 5, 2008 Posted in Blogs