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  • New Visible Light Photocatalyst Kills Bacteria, Even After Light Turned Off
    In the battle against bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a powerful new weapon – an enhanced photocatalytic disinfection process that uses visible light to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, even in the dark.Based upon a new ...More
    January 19, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Dynamic Maps Aid Epidemiological Investigations
    A team of researchers has developed a dynamic mapping tool to gain a more nuanced view of the links between diseases and environmental exposures. The application of the method is illustrated by a number of examples of associations between environmental exposures and ...More
    January 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Appendicitis May be Related to Viral Infections
    Can you catch appendicitis? And if you do, is it necessarily an emergency that demands immediate surgery? Yes and no, according to a new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons and physicians. The researchers evaluated data over a 36-year period from the National ...More
    January 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • HAIs Topped 13,000 in Second Half of 2008, Pennsylvania Department of Health Reports
    More than 13,000 healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) were reported by Pennsylvania hospitals in the second half of 2008, according to initial data released by the Department of Health.Such infections are illnesses that patients acquire as a result of being in the ...More
    January 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Surgical Tech Who Infected 36 With Hepatitis C Pleads Guilty
    The Associated Press is reporting today that surgical technician Kristen Diane Parker, who has been charged with switching used syringes for those filled with the painkiller fentanyl while working at two different healthcare facilities in Colorado, has pleaded guilty. As ...More
    January 18, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Progress in Global Public Health in the Last Decade
    In her opening speech to the executive board at its 126th session, Margaret Chan, MD, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), addressed the earthquake response in Haiti and also reviewed the international response to the current H1N1 influenza pandemic, ...More
    January 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Commissioner Addresses Nation's Healthcare Professionals on H1N1 Vaccine Safety
    FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg today sent a letter to America's healthcare professionals thanking them for their efforts during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak and providing information on safety monitoring of the 2009 H1N1 vaccines."In November, I wrote to thank you ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Releases New Flu Morbidity and Mortality Estimates
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today updated estimates through Dec. 12, 2009 of the number of people affected by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The new data shows that approximately 55 million Americans were sickened by the virus and about ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Facebook App Fights Flu
    H1N1 and seasonal influenza beware -- new heroes have arrived, ready to defend the population and fight a viral battle, via Facebook, in the form of 'Flu Fighters!' Developed by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston, in collaboration with the Department of Health and ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Annual Report Shows Gains in Patient-Care Quality
    Accredited hospitals in America have steadily improved the quality of patient care over a seven-year period, saving lives and improving the health of thousands of patients, according to the Joint Commission’s latest annual report. The report, “Improving ...More
    January 14, 2010 Posted in News