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  • Key Ways to Measure Drug-Resistant Infections in Healthcare
    Healthcare experts today published a position paper that provides strategies that healthcare facilities can use to monitor trends in the occurrence of emerging drug-resistant pathogens and determine the impact of local intervention efforts. “Recommendations for ...More
    September 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Honey Effective in Killing Bacteria that Cause Chronic Sinusitis
    CHICAGO – Honey is very effective in killing bacteria in all its forms, especially the drug-resistant biofilms that make treating chronic rhinosinusitis difficult, according to research presented during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery ...More
    September 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • What is the Best Strategy for Treating Helicobacter pylori?
    The most popular treatment for H pylori is triple therapy but resistance to Clarithromycin is reducing its effectiveness. Courses using four drugs have been known to be more successful but are used less popular because of their side effects. So, what is the best way for ...More
    September 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hand Hygiene Habits Remain Stagnant; National Clean Hands Week is Sept. 21-27, 2008
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite the threat of getting sick during cold and flu season, fewer Americans say they are regularly washing their hands. The fourth Clean Hands Report Card®, issued by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), gives Americans a ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • “Friendly” Bacteria Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes, Yale Researchers Find
    In a dramatic illustration of the potential for microbes to prevent disease, researchers at Yale University and the University of Chicago showed that mice exposed to common stomach bacteria were protected against the development of Type I diabetes.The findings, reported in ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • CDC Expands Testing Recommendations for Chronic Hepatitis B Infection
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published new recommendations for healthcare providers that are designed to increase routine testing in the United States for chronic hepatitis B, a major cause of liver disease and liver cancer.  The CDC ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Is the Salad Bar Safe? Produce Concerns Linger after Summer Scares
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Widespread reports had most people afraid to eat tomatoes this summer and when tomatoes were vindicated, eating peppers became a fear. A University of Missouri food safety expert says there is only so much that can be done to assure produce is safe to ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Hidden Infections Crucial to Understanding and Controlling Outbreaks
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Scientists and news organizations typically focus on the number of dead and gravely ill during epidemics, but research at the University of Michigan suggests that less dramatic, mild infections lurking in large numbers of people are the key to ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Insights Could Lead to a Better Pneumococcal Vaccine
    Discovery of a new, previously unknown mechanism of immunity suggests that there may be a better way to protect vulnerable children and adults against Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal) infection, say researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard School of ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Tip of the Iceberg
    Well, I am finally getting caught up on my reading and web surfing--including our own site! I was reading Kelly Pyrek's blog posting from yesterday, "Licensure and Certification of CS/SPD Techs" and wonder if we are at the tip of the iceberg. I have been screaming for years ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in Blogs