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  • Flu Vaccine Not Associated With Reduced Hospitalizations or Outpatient Visits Among Young Children
    Use of the influenza vaccine was not associated with preventing hospitalizations or reducing physician visits for the flu in children age 5 and younger during two recent seasons, perhaps because the strains of virus in the vaccine did not match circulating strains, ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Links “Hygiene Hypothesis” to Diabetes Prevention
    A research study funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) suggests that a common intestinal bacteria may provide some protection from developing Type 1 diabetes. The findings provide an important step towards understanding how and why Type 1 diabetes ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • The Flu and Staph Infections: Not a Good Mix for Kids
    The Associated Press is reporting today on a new CDC study that says more children have died from influenza because they had a Staphylococcus aureus infection. To read the complete article on, CLICK HERE.Sources: The Associated Press and ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • New Study: Disinfectants Can Make Bacteria Resistant to Treatment
    Chemicals used in the environment to kill bacteria could be making them stronger, according to a paper published in the October issue of the journal Microbiology. Low levels of these chemicals, called biocides, can make the potentially lethal bacterium Staphylococcus aureus ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • H. Pylori Bacteria May Help Prevent Some Esophageal Cancers
    PHILADELPHIA – Some bacteria may help protect against the development of a type of esophageal cancer, known as adenocarcinoma, according to a new review of the medical literature. These bacteria, which are called Helicobacter pylori, live in the stomachs of humans. ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Test Could Catch Serious Infections in Babies
    BOSTON -- A simple blood test may help detect serious bacterial infections (SBIs) like urinary tract infections and bloodstream infections in young infants who come to the emergency department (ED) with fevers that have no clear cause. Researchers at Children's Hospital ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • Oral Vitamin D May Help Prevent Some Skin Infections
    A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that use of oral vitamin D supplements bolsters production of a protective chemical normally found in the skin, and may help prevent skin infections that are a common result of ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • ASHES Re-Elects Tina Cermignano as 2009 President
    CHICAGO -- The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) board of directors today announced the re-election of Tina Cermignano, CHESP, as society president for 2009. Cermignano is currently serving as 2008 president. Cermignano's year-long term as 2009 ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Childhood Wheezing with Rhinovirus Can Increase Asthma Odds 10-Fold
    Infants who experience viral respiratory illnesses with wheezing are known to be at increased risk for developing asthma later during childhood. It is not known, however, whether every type of respiratory virus that produces wheezing presents similar risk. Using new ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • Changing Dosing, Administration of Anthrax Vaccine Reduces Side Effects
    Reducing the number of doses of an anthrax vaccine and changing its administration to intramuscular injection resulted in comparable measures of effectiveness but with fewer adverse events, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA.“Simpler and better ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News