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  • Handwashing and Flu Prevention: A New Argument
    Newsweek presents an interesting article that dares to challenge the notion that handwashing can prevent the spread of the influenza virus, and reminds us that the airborne transmission issue must be kept in the forefront of prevention strategies. To check it out, CLICK ...More
    September 16, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA Approves Vaccines for 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces that it has approved four vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The vaccines will be distributed nationally after the initial lots become available, which is expected within the next four weeks.“Today's ...More
    September 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Still Shedding a Week Later?
    MSNBC is reporting on a new study from a Canadian researcher that indicates individuals who have had the novel H1N1 influenza may still be shedding the virus a week or more after symptoms first appear. To read further, CLICK HERE. ...More
    September 16, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • IDSA Recognized for Combating Antibiotic Resistance
    The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) is presenting its annual leadership award to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in recognition of IDSA’s tireless advocacy efforts to engage Congress and federal agencies to address the growing ...More
    September 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Patients Can Reduce Transmissibility by Inhaling Interferon Through a Nebulizer
    A new study published in the Sept. 15, 2009, issue of PLoS ONE found that patients with cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis receiving anti-TB medications supplemented with nebulized interferon-gamma have fewer bacilli in the lungs and less inflammation, thereby reducing the ...More
    September 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Say It’s Time to Revise TB Treatment Guidelines
    Tuberculosis is a global threat that affects more than 10 million people each year. Working with colleagues in the United States and France, Dr. Dick Menzies of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has placed current tuberculosis treatment ...More
    September 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Daily Showers May Deliver a Blast of Bacteria, Study Says
    While daily bathroom showers provide invigorating relief and a good cleansing for millions of Americans, they also can deliver a face-full of potentially pathogenic bacteria, according to a surprising new University of Colorado at Boulder study.The researchers used ...More
    September 14, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • New Adjuvant Could Hold the Future of Vaccine Development
    Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a new "adjuvant" that could allow the creation of important new vaccines, possibly become a universal vaccine carrier and help medical experts tackle many diseases more effectively.Adjuvants are substances that are not ...More
    September 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • A Possible Link Between 1918 El Niño and Flu Pandemic?
    Research conducted at Texas A&M University casts doubts on the notion that El Niño has been getting stronger because of global warming and raises interesting questions about the relationship between El Niño and a severe flu pandemic 91 years ago. The findings ...More
    September 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC, ASHES Release Tips for Keeping Patient Rooms Clean
    Hospital rooms can harbor germs that can cause serious infections, especially for elderly patients, those with weakened immune systems and those who have undergone surgery or who have catheters or tubes inserted in the body. National Environmental Services and Housekeeping ...More