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  • Infection Preventionist Shares Infection Control Strategies
    With cold and flu season upon us, it's more important than ever to employ good practices to control the spread of infections and avoid illness."We need to be proactive not only to keep ourselves healthy, but to avoid transmitting illness if we're sick," said Eileen Finerty, ...More
    November 30, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Alzheimer's Research Sheds Light on Potential UTI Treatments
    Research into Alzheimer's disease seems an unlikely approach to yield a better way to fight urinary tract infections (UTIs), but that's what scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and elsewhere recently reported.One element links the disparate ...More
    November 30, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Researchers Discover Biological Basis of ‘Bacterial Immune System'
    Bacteria don't have easy lives. In addition to mammalian immune systems that besiege the bugs, they have natural enemies called bacteriophages, viruses that kill half the bacteria on Earth every two days. Still, bacteria and another class of microorganisms called archaea ...More
    November 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Medical Students Regularly Stuck by Needles, Often Fail to Report Injuries
    Medical students are commonly stuck by needles — putting them at risk of contracting potentially dangerous bloodborne diseases — and many of them fail to report the injuries to hospital authorities, according to a Johns Hopkins study published in the December ...More
    November 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Plasma Could Knock Out MRSA
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other drug-resistant bacteria could face annihilation as low-temperature plasma prototype devices have been developed to offer safe, quick, easy and unfailing bactericidal cocktails.Two prototype devices have been ...More
    November 30, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • APIC Members Elect 2010 Leaders, Reject Association Name Change
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces the election of its 2010 officers and directors.Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, has been elected president-elect, a position he will hold until January 2011, at which time he will become ...More
    November 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antiviral Therapy to Treat Hepatitis C is Declining in the U.S.
    Researchers from the University of Michigan determined that only 663,000 of the approximately 3.9 million Americans with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection received antiviral therapy between 2002 and 2007. Treatment rates appear to be declining, in part because only half of ...More
    November 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Finds MRSA on the Rise in Hospital Outpatients
    The community-associated strain of the deadly superbug MRSA—an infection-causing bacteria resistant to most common antibiotics—poses a far greater health threat than previously known and is making its way into hospitals, according to a study in the December ...More
    November 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Experts Call for 10 New Antibiotics by 2020
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has asked for a commitment from the Obama administration and the European Union to further the Society’s mission to achieve the development of 10 new antibiotics within the next 10 years, known as the 10 x ’20 ...More
    November 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Surface Bacteria Maintain Skin's Healthy Balance
    On the skin's surface, bacteria are abundant, diverse and constant, but inflammation is undesirable. Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now shows that the normal bacteria living on the skin surface trigger a pathway that prevents ...More
    November 23, 2009 Posted in News