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  • Drugs Against Noroviruses One Step Closer
    The virus that causes winter vomiting disease invades cells by attaching to particular sugar molecules on the surface of the cells. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the SahlgrenskaAcademy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. This result may be an ...More
    June 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Universal, Voluntary HIV Testing and Treatment Proposed
    Could a global program of universal, voluntary, annual HIV testing and immediate treatment for those who test positive effectively extinguish the HIV pandemic? Is such a program feasible? In the June 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, top HIV/AIDS ...More
    June 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Survey of Infection Preventionists Finds Departments Lacking Critical Resources
    Hospitals are cutting staff, resources and education for infection prevention at a time when the prevalence of many healthcare-associated infections is increasing, according to a report released today by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and ...More
    June 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Frieden Begins Role as CDC Director
    Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, today became the 16th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). He was named director of CDC by the White House and the Department of ...More
    June 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC '09 is Underway!
    Greetings from Ft. Lauderdale, home to this year's annual APIC meeting. The on-and-off rainfall hasn't dampened the spirits of the infection preventionists (IPs) who have gathered here to celebrate their profession, network with their peers, and most of all, learn new ...More
    June 8, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Releases CAUTI Draft Guideline
    Premier Institute is reporting today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the draft Guideline for the Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), which updates the 1981 version. To access the draft document, CLICK ...More
    June 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • TB Patients and Negative-Pressure Rooms
    An ICT reader asks, “If I place a patient in a negative-pressure room of a patient who has TB, after that patient leaves the clinic for that day, how much time should I wait before I place another patient in that same room?” ICT readers, do you have an ...More
    June 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Report Finds 10 Lessons Learned From the H1N1 Outbreak
    The Trust for America's Health (TFAH), the Center for Biosecurity, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issued a new analysis today, “Pandemic Flu: Lessons From the Frontlines,” which found that the initial response to the H1N1 outbreak showed strong ...More
    June 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Points to New Era in Hepatitis C Treatment
    For patients with the most common form of hepatitis C, the addition of a hepatitis C–specific protease inhibitor called telaprevir to the current standard therapy can significantly improve the chances of being cured, and it does it in half the time of standard therapy ...More
    June 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Easily Grossed Out? You Might be a Conservative
    This interesting little tidbit crossed my desk today and I wanted to share, seeing that the average infection preventionist has no doubt seen it all!The Cornell University press release, written by Lauren Gold, reads as follows: Are you someone who squirms when confronted ...More
    June 4, 2009 Posted in Blogs