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  • Bacterial “Crisis Command Center” Revealed
    A bacteria cell's 'crisis command center' has been observed for the first time swinging into action to protect the cell from external stress and danger, according to new research in Science.The research team behind the study says that finding out exactly how bacteria ...More
    October 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Rethinking Who Should Be Considered 'Essential' During a Pandemic Flu Outbreak
    Not only are doctors, nurses, and firefighters essential during a severe pandemic influenza outbreak.  So, too, are truck drivers, communications personnel, and utility workers. That's the conclusion of a JohnsHopkinsUniversity article to be published in the journal of ...More
    October 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • DNA of Good Bacteria Drives Intestinal Response to Infection
    A new study shows that the DNA of so-called "good bacteria" that normally live in the intestines may help defend the body against infection. The findings, available Oct. 2 online in the journal Immunity, are reported by Yasmine Belkaid, PhD, and her colleagues in the ...More
    October 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Groundbreaking Discovery May Lead to Stronger Antibiotics
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The last decade has seen a dramatic decline in the effectiveness of antibiotics, resulting in a mounting public health crisis across the world.  A new breakthrough by University of Virginia researchers provides physicians and patients a ...More
    October 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Oct. 1 Has Arrived
    The day you have been waiting for is here, the day when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stops reimbursing hospitals for preventable conditions and infections. By now you've read everything possible on this topic -- including ICT's articles (type in ...More
    October 1, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA Clears New CDC Test to Detect Human Influenza
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cleared a new test developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to diagnose human influenza infections and the highly pathogenic influenza A (H5N1) viruses.The device, called the Human Influenza Virus ...More
    September 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccination of Healthcare Workers: A Professional and Ethical Commitment
    This month’s cover story is on one of the biggest challenges infection preventionists face these days, and that’s annual immunization of healthcare workers (HCWs) against seasonal influenza. Less than 40 percent of healthcare providers are immunized each year, ...More
    September 29, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Improving Healthcare Worker Flu Vaccination Rates
    If hand hygiene compliance is one of the toughest challenges a hospital faces, surely healthcare worker (HCW) vaccination isn’t too far behind on infection preventionists’ lists of priorities. Influenza immunization rates among HCWs remain low, with only 36 ...More
    September 29, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Hepatitis B Could Be a Risk Factor for Pancreatic Cancer
    A new study has shown that evidence of past hepatitis B infection was twice as common in people with pancreatic cancer than in healthy controls. This study is the first to report an association between past exposure to the hepatitis B virus and pancreatic cancer, but ...More
    September 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • U.S. Spared the Bite of a Severe WNV Season
    The Associated Press is reporting that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s West Nile virus season is the mildest in a number of years, with just one-third of the cases of last year’s total number of cases reported. For ...More
    September 29, 2008 Posted in Blogs