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  • Plasma-in-a-Bag for Sterilizing Devices
    The practice of sterilizing medical tools and devices helped revolutionize healthcare in the 19th century because it dramatically reduced infections associated with surgery. Through the years, numerous ways of sterilization techniques have been developed, but the old ...More
    November 9, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Silver and Copper Bullets to Kill Bacteria
    Dana Filoti of the University of New Hampshire will present thin films of silver and copper she has developed that can kill bacteria and may one day help to cut down on hospital-acquired infections. The antimicrobial properties of silver and copper have been known for ...More
    November 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cost-Effectiveness of the Hospital Infection Control Response
    When it comes to preventing the spread of respiratory infections in a hospital, is it better to adopt the most stringent measures possible or a more moderate approach? One might assume it's best to go with the strictest measures possible, but what if prevention comes with a ...More
    November 9, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Will Science and Common Sense Prevail in the N95 Issue?
    Editor's Note: This commentary is being published online ahead of print and will appear in the SHEA Synopsis column in the December 2009 issue of Infection Control Today.In the midst of the resurgent outbreak of novel H1N1 influenza and with the likely appearance of ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • When Does One Become Paranoid?
    Paranoid: Exhibiting or characterized by extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others.When does someone go from being rational to paranoid? That question had been going through my mind recently. A few days after a recent trip back to Chicago with my wife, she woke up ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • High-Priority Adults Unable to Get H1N1 Vaccine
    A new national poll from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that a majority of adults who tried to get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves or their children have been unable to do so. The poll, which examines the American public's response to the H1N1 ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Map of Human Bacterial Diversity Shows Wide Interpersonal Differences
    A University of Colorado at Boulder team has developed the first atlas of bacterial diversity across the human body, charting wide variations in microbe populations that live in different regions of the body and which aid us in physiological functions that contribute to our ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • NIAID Announces New Human Immunology Research Awards to Help Fight Emerging Infectious Diseases
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded approximately $208 million to two programs that support research to better understand the human immune response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including those that may be ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Experts Applaud New Task Force on Global Antibiotic Resistance Threat
    Experts on both sides of the Atlantic applaud President Barack Obama and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, representing the European Union (EU) presidency, for establishing a transatlantic task force to address antibiotic resistance, an urgent and growing problem ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Germs on a Plane
    Who knew that Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a germ phobe like the rest of us? (Or at least she knows too much about the transmission of microorganisms, just like the rest of us!) In a funny piece from ...More
    November 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs