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  • "Deadly Dozen" of Diseases Worsened by Climate Change
    Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society today released a report that lists 12 pathogens that could spread into new regions as a result of climate change, with potential impacts to both human and wildlife health and global economies.Called “The Deadly ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Thoughts on Antibiotics and Community-Acquired C. diff
    Sheryl Ubelacker, a reporter for The Canadian Press, is reporting today on a study indicating that antibiotics may not be the villains they are made out to be related to community-acquired infection with Clostridium difficile. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE. To ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Leading Healthcare Groups to Present Strategies for HAI Prevention
    For the first time, five healthcare leaders have collaborated to publish science-based strategies to help prevent the six most important healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). A press conference will be held tomorrow at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Michigan Success Lands National Research Contract to Reduce Hospital-Associated Infections in 10 States
    LANSING, Mich. -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces a three-year, $3 million national effort to reduce patients' risk of hospital-associated infections in intensive care units (ICUs).This first-of-its-kind project is modeled after the ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • 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