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  • EPA Announces “Internal Pilot” for Green Disinfectant Claims
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces it will conduct an “internal pilot” in conjunction with the agency’s Design for the Environment Formulator Program (DfE) to further explore a policy change that allows claims of environmental ...More
    February 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify Potential Key to Lyme Disease
    Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a protein that may help give Lyme disease its bite. The findings suggest that the bacterial protein, which aids in transporting the metal manganese, is essential for the bacterium that causes Lyme disease to ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • IL-2 Immunotherapy Fails to Benefit HIV-infected Individuals Already Taking Antiretrovirals
    Providing a synthetic form of the immune system protein interleukin-2 (IL-2) to HIV-infected individuals already taking combination antiretroviral therapy boosts their numbers of CD4+ T cells, the key white blood cells destroyed by HIV, but fails to reduce their risk of ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Damage Includes Fluid Build-up in the Lungs
    By Emily CaldwellIn a fight against respiratory infections, the body typically produces a little fluid to help the lungs generate a productive cough. But new research suggests that the influenza virus can tip the balance toward too much fluid in the lungs, interfering with ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Prevention and the Stimulus Bill
    Update on Feb. 11: APIC says that infection preventionists have sent nearly 1,400 messages to representatives in 49 states plus Washington, D.C. urging them to preserve public health funding related to healthcare-associated infections in the House version of the bill (the ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Eradicating Fungi in the Immunocompromised
    Even the most drug-resistant fungi can be eradicated in multiple in vitro and in vivo models using a lethal combination of an antifungal agent and inhibition of the heat shock protein Hsp90, according to a new study by Whitehead Institute and University of Toronto ...More
    February 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Happy Hospitals, Happy Patients ... but What About HAIs?
    A new report, "Finding the Frontier of Hospital Management," appearing in the Journal of Healthcare Management, tells us simply that happy hospitals make for happy patients, and that if call buttons are answered, all is well in the universe. I don’t doubt that ...More
    February 9, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Develop Technique for Quick Detection of Salmonella
    In the hours following an outbreak of salmonella, there are many questions. And answers can be hard to find. Where did the problem start? Can it be contained? Is the sickness likely to spread? IowaStateUniversity researchers have developed a technique for testing for the ...More
    February 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Anti-HIV Gel Shows Promise in Large-Scale Study in Women
    An investigational vaginal gel intended to prevent HIV infection in women has demonstrated encouraging signs of success in a clinical trial conducted in Africa and the United States. Findings of the recently concluded study, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and ...More
    February 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Microbes in Space
    I realize you are far more concerned about disease transmission and cross-contamination in the healthcare environment, but I saw an interesting tidbit from on alien microbial growth and what kind of havoc earthly bacterium could wreak in outer space. It’s ...More
    February 6, 2009 Posted in Blogs