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  • 3M Acquires Manufacturer of Hand Hygiene Products
    3M announced today it has acquired J.R. Phoenix Ltd., a manufacturer of hand hygiene and skin care products for health care and professional use including soaps, hand cleansers, moisturizing and protecting creams, antimicrobial soaps and sanitizing gels, shampoo and body ...More
    June 1, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Cold Sore Virus May Contribute to Cognitive and Brain Abnormalities
    Exposure to the common virus that causes cold sores may be partially responsible for shrinking regions of the brain and the loss of concentration skills, memory, coordinated movement and dexterity widely seen in patients with schizophrenia, according to research led by ...More
    June 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Responds to New HHS Report on HAIs
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has issued the following statement in response to the release of the First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report released by the Department of Health and Human ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Rarer Strains of E. coli Emerging
    Having just survived a particularly nasty bout of food poisoning, I thought I’d pass along news about how scientists are growing increasingly concerned about other rarer strains of E. coli – beyond  E. coli O157:H7 – that are poised to emerge as a ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Corkscrew Twist of H. Pylori Lets It Set Up Shop in the Stomach
    The bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which lives in the human stomach and is associated with ulcers and gastric cancer, is shaped like a corkscrew, or helix. For years researchers have hypothesized that the bacterium’s twisty shape is what enables it to survive – ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • HHS Secretary Issues Statement on HAI Prevention Progress
    The secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, Kathleen Sebelius, has issued the following statement:  “Today, we are releasing a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which shows our nation is making progress ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Weapon Against Highly Resistant Microbes Within Grasp
    An active compound from fungi and lower animals may well be suitable as an effective weapon against dangerous bacteria. We're talking about plectasin, a small protein molecule that can even destroy highly resistant bacteria. Researchers at the Universities of Bonn, Utrecht, ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Concern About Pandemic Flu Has Positive Impact on Personal Hygiene Behaviors
    Fear of the H1N1 virus appears to be the driving factor behind the adoption of preventive behaviors, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time
    To help healthcare workers improve patient safety, the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) is launching a new educational video for U.S. healthcare providers that is a straight-to-the-point, 10-minute lesson on safe injection practices.The video is targeted to ...More
    May 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • An Unwanted Visit From the Varicella Zoster Virus
    I have now recovered from a visit from the transient trouble-maker – varicella zoster virus (VZV). The virus was, of course, my own – living in my dorsal root ganglion for 50 years.My immune system had managed to keep the VZV under control until it became ...More
    May 25, 2010 Posted in Blogs