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  • EMS Providers Urged to Clean Stethoscopes to Prevent MRSA Transmission
    Emergency medical services providers should clean their stethoscopes more frequently to prevent transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), urges Dr. Mark Merlin, chair of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit Advisory Committee for the New Jersey ...More
    March 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Probe Mechanisms of Infection
    A newly discovered receptor in a strain of Escherichia coli might help explain why people often get sicker when they’re stressed. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are the first to identify the receptor, known as QseE, which resides in a diarrhea-causing ...More
    March 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Links Platelets to Sepsis-Related Organ Failure
    Scientists at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. have identified a previously unknown contributor to organ failure in patients suffering from sepsis: platelets. The finding, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, is ...More
    March 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Many Clocks Did You Have to Set?
    OK, it's Monday, the day after the official clock-change. I know, I know, everyone in America is jealous of the state of Arizona for NOT having to change our clocks. It is amazing how many clocks we really do have in our lives: Microwaves, kitchen ranges, VCRs (I am ...More
    March 9, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • New Research Reveals How Cranberry Products Prevent UTIs
    Chemicals present in cranberries—and not the acidity of cranberry juice, as previously thought—prevent infection-causing bacteria from attaching to the cells that line the urinary tract, as documented in a report published in Journal of Medicinal Food.Urinary ...More
    March 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Powder-Free Gloves in Hospitals Decreases Allergy Risk
    Using powder-free latex gloves rather than those with cornstarch powder greatly reduced the number of workers’ compensation claims related to latex-related illness, a recent Geisinger Health System study found. Healthcare workers use latex gloves to reduce the spread ...More
    March 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Orchem Corp. Introduces Antimicrobial Disinfectant With Up to 24-Hour Residual Effectiveness
    Orchem Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals, has launched a nationwide rollout of its Spectrum 24 Disinfectant targeted at the healthcare industry.Spectrum 24 is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered, broad-spectrum ...More
    March 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • When Man and Beast Trade Infections
    Back when newspapers were in their heyday, there was an old saying that it’s news only when "man bites dog" instead of "dog bites man." Well, in the case of a zookeeper and an elephant calf at the San Diego Zoo, we have man actually giving a drug-resistant infection ...More
    March 6, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Mercy Hospital Acquires Germicidal Technology to Battle Drug-Resistant Pathogens
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Scanning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site can be an alarming experience for a patient awaiting surgery. The CDC concedes that more than 2 million patients will acquire a hospital infection this year, and that as many as ...More
    March 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Clinical Trial Finds Microbicide Promising as HIV Prevention Method for Women
    A clinical trial involving more than 3,000 women in the U.S. and southern Africa demonstrates for the first time the promise of a vaginal microbicide gel for preventing HIV infection in women. According to findings presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and ...More
    March 5, 2009 Posted in News