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  • Mercy Community Hospital Reaches 10,000 Handwashes and Reduces HAIs with Resurgent Automated Handwashing System
    Michelle Farber, RN, CIC, Mercy Hospital’s senior infection prevention officer, has notified Resurgent Health and Medical that they have surpassed the 10,000 handwashing milestone. As part of a new approach to prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Harnessing the Immune System’s Diagnostic Power
    By Richard Harth An inexpensive system for earlier disease diagnosis could save innumerable lives. It would also have a profound impact on the nation’s healthcare industry, currently buckling under the strain of spiraling costs.Now Dr. Bart Legutki, a researcher at ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • Video Study Finds Risky Food-Safety Behavior More Common Than Thought
    How safe is the food we get from restaurants, cafeterias and other food-service providers? A new study from North Carolina State University — the first study to place video cameras in commercial kitchens to see how precisely food handlers followed food-safety ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • FDA Should Adopt Risk-Based Approach to Food Safety
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s abilities to discover potential threats to food safety and prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness are hampered by impediments to efficient use of its limited resources and a piecemeal approach to gathering and using information on ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Right Response to Every Pathogen
    In the event of an infection, the immune system releases messenger substances. These molecules can either activate immune cells to defeat invading pathogens, or inhibit them to prevent an excessive immune reaction. For this, the immune system has to decide very quickly what ...More
    June 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Approaching Universal Treatment for All Flu Strains
    Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered a novel component of the influenza virus that may be the key to disabling the virus's ability to replicate itself and to developing a universal antiviral treatment. The findings were published June 1 online in ...More
    June 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Superbug's CPU Revealed
    McMaster University researchers have discovered a central controller or processing unit (CPU) of a superbug's weaponry.An article on the breakthrough appears in the high-impact journal Science today.The team from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease ...More
    June 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic is Not Yet Over
    World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Margaret Chan declared in a statement that it would be premature to say that the H1N1 influenza pandemic is over. Chan reports, “A global update was provided to the Committee on the pandemic situation, including a ...More
    June 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • Biologists Provide Molecular Explanation for the Evolution of Tamiflu Resistance
    Biologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed molecular changes that helped allow the global spread of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu (oseltamivir) among strains of the seasonal H1N1 flu virus. The study—led by David ...More
    June 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • ED Computer Keyboards and Bacterial Contamination
    Keyboards located in triage and registration areas were found to be more contaminated with bacteria than those in other areas of the emergency department (ED) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, according to a new study conducted by the hospital."Contamination was ...More
    June 3, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions