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  • Feds Search for Person Responsible for Shipping Tainted Syringes
    Newsday.com is reporting today that federal authorities are looking for the person responsible for allowing tainted syringes to be shipped from a pharmaceutical product manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The bacteria-laden syringes caused bacterial infections in several ...More
    February 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Predict Risk from Mosquito-Borne Disease
    South DakotaStateUniversity scientists will use research on two continents to develop models for predicting where and when the risk from mosquito-borne diseases is greatest.The four-year project is funded by a grant of $1,079,300 from the National Institute of Allergy and ...More
    February 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Confidence in Food Safety Plunges in Wake of Peanut Butter Contamination
    Fewer than one in four consumers now believe the U.S. food supply is safer than it was a year ago, according to new data from the University of Minnesota's Food Industry Center.After January's national Salmonella outbreak, just 22.5 percent of consumers in the study said ...More
    February 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Report Breakthrough in HPV Research
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have developed a new, inexpensive and efficient method for producing and studying a type of human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer. The process could speed understanding of how the virus functions and ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacteria in Urinary Infections Steal Iron From Their Host
    Bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) make more tools for stealing from their host than friendly versions of the same bacteria found in the gut, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Washington have ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Do You Have a Successful Hand Hygiene Campaign?
    Tell us about your successful hand hygiene compliance campaigns for an upcoming issue of ICT. Please send a quick description of your educational efforts and how they paid off to kpyrek@vpico.com. We’ll share the best campaigns with readers in the June issue of ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Scientists Identify Proteins That Neutralize Multiple Strains of Seasonal and Pandemic Flu
    Scientists have identified a small family of lab-made proteins that neutralize a broad range of influenza A viruses, including the H5N1 avian virus, the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and seasonal H1N1 flu viruses. These human monoclonal antibodies, identical ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infection Prevention Lacking in Canadian LTC Facilities
    Infection prevention and control resources and programming in Canadian long-term care facilities fall short of recommended standards, a new Queen's University study shows.Led by professor of community health and epidemiology Dick Zoutman, the national survey of 488 ...More
    February 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Field of Germs: Food Safety is in Farm Workers’ Hands
    The recent Salmonella outbreak linked to 575 illnesses and eight deaths across 43 states was shown to come from a dirty peanut processing plant in Georgia. And while it is essential for food processing plants to be clean and sanitary, Temple University public health ...More
    February 20, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Project to Study Methods to Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospital ICUs
    Hospital associations in 10 states have been selected to participate in a program to test methods of reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), according to HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.The states are ...More
    February 19, 2009 Posted in News