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  • Researchers Pilot New Electronic System for Infectious Diseases
    Researchers at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, HarvardMedicalSchool, Atrius Health, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have created and tested a set of computer programs that use electronic medical records to help clinicians detect contagious illness and ...More
    April 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Minimally Invasive Surgery Reduces Risk of HAIs Compared to Open Surgery
    PHILADELPHIA -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery today announces results from a new study showing laparoscopic surgery reduced the risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) by 52 percent when compared to open surgery in a sample of more than 11,000 patients undergoing one of the ...More
    April 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dr. Mom Was Right — and Wrong — About Washing Fruits and Vegetables
    Washing fresh fruits and vegetables before eating may reduce the risk of food poisoning and those awful episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. But according to new research described today at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, washing alone — ...More
    April 10, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Tuberculosis
    Patients with active tuberculosis are more likely to be vitamin D deficient than the rest of the population. New research, presented at the annual Society for Endocrinology meeting, shows that the majority of patients with tuberculosis (TB) have low levels of vitamin D, ...More
    April 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Water water everywhere but not a drop to…
    I have been reading over the last couple of days articles pertaining to the subject of water. What a precious commodity this has become. Growing up as a child, I never would have dreamed of someone selling bottled water. What’s next, air? You can imagine my shock when ...More
    April 10, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Protecting a Life-saving Blood Product from Human Form of Mad Cow Disease
    Amid concern that recipients of certain blood transfusions may risk infection with a deadly protein responsible for the human form of mad cow disease, researchers in Canada now report development of a special filter that quickly and effectively removes the protein from ...More
    April 9, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • New York Infection Prevention Expert Named Recipient of Carole DeMille Award
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced that Rachel L. Stricof, MT, MPH, of Albany, N.Y., has been named the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award. APIC presents the annual award to an ...More
    April 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Solving the Z Ring’s Mysteries May Lead to New Antibiotics
    A team led by Johns Hopkins researchers has solved important puzzles concerning how certain proteins guide the reproduction of bacteria, discoveries that could lead to a new type of antibiotics.In a recent study published in the journal Current Biology, the scientists ...More
    April 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • OSAP Responds to CDC Measles Advisory
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has developed a special page on its Web site at in response to the April 3 CDC Health Advisory on recent measles outbreaks in the U.S. The page includes information specific to dental ...More
    April 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • The 'Zero' Mentality: Is it Good for Infection Control?
    "Getting to zero," the emerging drive to eliminate infections acquired in hospitals, is provoking much discussion in the healthcare community, ranging from concern that the approach is overly simplistic and potentially dangerous to praise that it is a motivating and worthy ...More
    April 8, 2008 Posted in News