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  • Mandatory Policy Boosts Influenza Vaccination Rate Among Healthcare Workers
    A mandatory influenza vaccination policy improves immunization rates among healthcare workers, according to a recent study of a large healthcare organization. The finding comes from a study, now available online, published in the Feb. 15, 2010 issue of Clinical ...More
    January 28, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Potential New Way to Enhance Vaccines
    Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new way to stimulate the immune system to prevent or clear a viral infection. By blocking the action of a key protein in the mouse immune system, they were able to boost immune "memory" in those ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Lab First to Confirm Salmonella in Nationwide Outbreak
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo.Testing conducted by the Hygienic Laboratory at ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Stopping Bacterial Infections Without Antibiotics
    New research at the A. James Clark School of Engineering could prevent bacterial infections using tiny  biochemical machines – nanofactories -- that can confuse bacteria and stop them from spreading, without the use of antibiotics.A paper about the research is ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • AORN and 3M Announce the End of Public Submission Phase for Hand Hygiene Video Contest
    3M and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) announce the conclusion of the video submission phase of the “It’s In Your Hands” YouTube™ video contest for perioperative professionals. All entries will be reviewed by a committee of ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • The ICT Conference is Less Than Two Weeks Away
    The fourth annual virtual ICT Conference on Professional Development is now less than two weeks away, and as we prepare the last details, I wanted to encourage you to register if you have not already done so. When we first launched this event in 2007, it was an in-person ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • “Good” Bacteria Keep Immune System Primed to Fight Future Infections
    Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may have figured out why. The ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Announces Class I Recall of Certain Infusion Set Needles
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a Class I recall of Exel/Exelint Huber needles, Exel/Exelint Huber Infusion Sets and Exel/Exelint “Securetouch+” Safety Huber Infusion Sets, manufactured by Nipro Medical Corp. for Exelint International ...More
    January 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics Might Team Up to Fight Deadly Staph Infections
    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Israel's Weizman Institute of Science have found that two antibiotics working together might be more effective in fighting pathogenic bacteria than either drug on its own.Individually, lankacidin and lankamycin, two ...More
    January 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Proper Vaccine Refrigeration Vital to Putting Disease on Ice
    Every year, billions of dollars worth of vaccines are shipped to thousands of medical providers across the country, and every year doctors must dispose of tens of millions of dollars worth of those vaccines because they became too warm or too cold while in storage. Now, ...More
    January 26, 2010 Posted in News