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  • Germiest Tourist Attractions
    If microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, refuses to kiss the Blarney Stone, maybe there’s a good reason not to follow tradition. That’s just one funny tidbit in an article about the “germiest tourist attractions” on CNN.com right now. Editors at ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Can Stress Make Us Sick?
    Whether it's getting a cold during exam time or feeling run-down after a big meeting, we've all experienced feeling sick following a particularly stressful time at work or school. Is this merely coincidence, or is it possible that stress can actually make us sick? In a new ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • C. difficile Spores Spread Superbug
    New research suggests that antibiotic treatment could be asymptomatically inducing the transmission of the healthcare-acquired infection, C. difficile, contributing to the outbreaks that have recently been widely reported in hospitals and other settings. A team of ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Experts Support National Public Reporting of HAIs
    Five organizations representing the nation’s experts in infectious diseases medicine, infection prevention in healthcare settings, and public health and disease prevention announced their support for a provision requiring national reporting of healthcare-associated ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • SARS Added to HHS’ List of Public Health Threats
    Health authorities at the federal level are proposing to add severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the list of agents and toxins which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated as posing a threat to public health. The notice for this proposed ...More
    July 17, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Scientists Discover How Flu Damages Lung Tissue
    A protein in influenza virus that helps it multiply also damages lung epithelial cells, causing fluid buildup in the lungs, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Southern Research Institute. Publishing online this week in the ...More
    July 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • AAMI Revises Steam Sterilization Standard
    The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) will soon release a major update of its popular steam sterilization standard, ST79, to incorporate new information on risk analysis, chemical indicators, and other topics.The AAMI Standards Board and the ...More
    July 17, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • WHO Changes Reporting Requirements for Pandemic H1N1 Virus Infection
    As the 2009 pandemic evolves, the data needed for risk assessment, both within affected countries and at the global level, are also changing, says the World Health Organization (WHO). At this point, further spread of the pandemic, within affected countries and to new ...More
    July 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • $1.825 Billion to Fight the Flu
    Reuters is reporting today that the Obama administration is earmarking $1.825 billion for emergency use to fight a potential H1N1 influenza pandemic. To read further, CLICK HERE.   ...More
    July 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Poll Reveals Americans Wary About Healthcare Reform
    Americans are unsure that a healthcare reform bill introduced this week is the solution to problems with the U.S. healthcare system, according to a poll created and commissioned by a public policy expert at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.“By ...More
    July 16, 2009 Posted in News