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  • Is Nitric Oxide a Foe or a Friend to Bacteria?
    Current research suggests that nitric oxide may play a role in the pathogenesis of neonatal meningitis. The related report by Mittal et al., "Inhibition of inducible nitric oxide controls pathogen load and brain damage by enhancing phagocytosis of Escherichia coli K1 in ...More
    February 24, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Study Shows that Suffocating Head Lice Works in New Treatment
    A new non-neurotoxic treatment for head lice has been found to have an average of 91.2 percent treatment success rate after one week, and to be safe in humans from six months of age and up. This is the finding of a study published today in Pediatric Dermatology.Benzyl ...More
    February 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Toxicity of Antimicrobial Silver in Products can be Reduced
    Chemists at the University of Helsinki have managed to manufacture new polymer-stabilized silver nanoparticles. The result is significant because the antimicrobial characteristics of silver are used in textiles, floor coatings and paints even though the impact on health of ...More
    February 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Mass Gatherings and Risks of Infectious Disease Threats
    As the world watches the Vancouver Olympics, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Children's Hospital Boston have teamed up to monitor and assess potential infectious disease threats to Vancouver during the Winter Games by integrating two independently ...More
    February 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Announces Heroes of Infection Prevention
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces its 12 recipients of the 2010 “Heroes of Infection Prevention” Award. The recipients include individuals and groups who have worked tirelessly to prevent infections and ...More
    February 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds That Two Treatment Strategies for Severe Sepsis Show Similar Survival Rates
    A comparison of two strategies for treating severe sepsis or septic shock finds that using lactate levels measured in blood samples showed a similar short-term survival rate compared to a treatment regimen using central venous oxygen saturation measured using a specialized ...More
    February 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Announces Possible Safety Concern for HIV Drug Combination
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced preliminary data suggesting that Invirase (saquinavir) in combination with Norvir (ritonavir) may have potentially important adverse effects on the heart.When used together, the drugs may cause prolongation of the QT ...More
    February 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Respiratory Protection Resources from Today's Webinar
    If you participated in today's Webinar, "Transmission Precautions: Are You Wearing the Right Face Mask?" you know that we promised to make available additional resources relating to respiratory protection. Here they ...More
    February 23, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Prednisolone not Beneficial in Most Cases of Community-Acquired Pneumonia
    Patients hospitalized with mild to moderate community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) should not be routinely prescribed prednisolone, a corticosteroid, as it is associated with a recurrence of symptoms after its withdrawal, according to the first randomized double-blind clinical ...More
    February 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Has H1N1 Influenza Peaked? Experts to Debate Today
    News agency Reuters is reporting that influenza experts associated with the World Health Organization (WHO) will be convening today to discuss whether or not the H1N1 influenza pandemic has peaked and is now declining worldwide. Reuters reports WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl ...More
    February 23, 2010 Posted in News