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  • Progress in Foodborne Illness Prevention Plateaus
    The incidence of the most common foodborne illnesses has changed very little over the past three years, according to a 10-state report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The findings are from 2008 data reported by the Foodborne ...More
    April 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Could Lead to New Non-Antibiotic Drugs to Counter HAIs
    Lack of an adequate amount of the mineral phosphate can turn a common bacterium into a killer, according to research to be published in the April 14 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. The findings could lead to new drugs that would disarm the ...More
    April 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • EPA to Recommend Green Claims for Disinfectants and Sanitizers
    Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have stated they will recommend the adoption of a policy that allows suppliers to make valid claims of “environmental preferability” in relation to the marketing of disinfectants and sanitizers.  ...More
    April 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tell Me About Your Hand Hygiene Compliance Strategies
    A few weeks ago I asked ICT readers to share their successful hand hygiene compliance strategies with me, for publication in a future issue. Well, the future is here, and even though I received a few good responses... I'm begging you for more! I know you are these bright, ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • VA Investigating Potential Contamination of Scopes is reporting today that the Department of Veterans Affairs is looking into a possible link between poorly sterilized endoscopy equipment and a veteran who tested positive for HIV. The investigation comes at the request of  Florida senator Bill Nelson and ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Common Virus Kills Cancer Stem Cells
    Dalhousie Medical School cancer researcher Dr. Patrick Lee has proven that a common virus can infect and kill breast cancer stem cells. This breakthrough finding is published in the current issue of Molecular Therapy, the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy. It ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • An Infection Prevention Update From Across the Pond
    The BBC is reporting that even though MRSA and C. diff rates are falling, a number of  NHS trusts in England are still experiencing breaches in infection prevention and control practices, according to a new health super-regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Vaccine for the Infected? New TB Vaccine Clears Important Hurdle
    An urgently needed new tuberculosis vaccine cleared a vital step in testing, an important advance at time when one-third of the world’s population is believed to be have latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), which, when re-activated, can cause full-blown disease.The ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study: Every 1.7 Minutes a Medicare Beneficiary Experiences a Patient Safety Event
    The 2009 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients were identified in a report issued today by the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. These hospitals represent an elite group that save lives, save money and prevent errors at a higher ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells in Skin Fight Off Infection Better Than the Rest
    Scientists at the University of Melbourne have discovered the local action of immune cells in the skin, which could improve treatment of viral skin infections.This work identifies previously unrecognized first-line defense mechanisms that are particularly important in ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News