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  • 2nd Annual ICT Conference Was a Hit
    A big thank you to all of the attendees, speakers, exhibitors and other participants -- 143 in all -- who were an important part of the second annual ICT Conference on Professional Development, held last week at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Beach in San Diego. It was a ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA Clears for Marketing a Real-Time Test for Respiratory Viruses
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing a test that simultaneously detects four common respiratory viruses, including the flu, in a patient’s respiratory secretions. The ProFlu+ test provides results in as few as three hours. Other diagnostic ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disarmed by Excising a Single Gene
    The deadly Ebola virus, an emerging public health concern in Africa and a potential biological weapon, ranks among the most feared of exotic pathogens. Due to its virulent nature, and because no vaccines or treatments are available, scientists studying the agent have had to ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Emergency Department Visits for Skin Infections Increasing Dramatically
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A paper appearing online today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine suggests that emergency department visits for skin infections have increased since a new strain of staph was discovered, but downplays the danger of the new staph. The paper is titled ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Single MRSA Bacteria Strain Causes Severe Infections
    Researchers have discovered that the most dangerous form of staph infection now occurring in the United States originates from a single strain of bacteria, not multiple strains as previously believed. These findings were published online today in the Proceedings of the ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Many Kids Unprotected Against Flu, Poll Finds
    Flu season is here. Are you, your children and your grandchildren vaccinated? According to a report released today by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, flu vaccination rates among young children and high-risk adults ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • National Program to Help Prevent Staph Infections is Launched
    NEW YORK – Award-winning professional baseball team manager Terry Francona announces the launch of “Strike Out Infection,” a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of staph infections and how to prevent them. Francona is partnering in the educational campaign ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hospital Eliminates Dangerous Bloodstream Infections in ICU
    HERRIMAN, Utah -- A California hospital's innovative clinical protocol eliminated a potentially deadly infection for more than a year, according to an article in the December issue of the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access (JAVA). The hospital's success at ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Shingles Sends Nearly 1 Million Americans to the Doctor
    Nearly 1 million Americans receive medical care for shingles or its complications each year, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Shingles comes from an infection with varicella zoster virus -- the same virus ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Aesculap is Awarded Wound Closure Agreement with Amerinet
    ST. LOUIS -- Aesculap announces that is has been awarded supplier agreements with Amerinet, a national healthcare group purchasing organization. The two agreements, effective Feb. 1, 2008 through Jan. 31, 2011, provides Amerinet’s more than 2,000 acute care members access ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News