• Program Reduces Hospitalizations and Costs for Nursing Home Residents with Pneumonia
    CHICAGO -- A program that includes having chest X-rays performed in the nursing home reduced the number of nursing home residents hospitalized because of pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections, according to a study in the June 7, 2006 issue of JAMA. ...More
    June 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • Is There a Tipping Point in Infection Prevention?
    Am I the last person on the planet to finally have read “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell? Perhaps, knowing now that I probably will never attain the status of Maven; my best shot is probably being a Connector because I ...More
    June 6, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • AIDS at 25: Where are We Now?
    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of what is now known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The advent of AIDS, consisting of a small report on a cluster of unusual pneumonia cases, appeared in the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    June 5, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • AIDS at 25: For Every Person Receiving HIV Drugs Worldwide, Another Seven Become Infected
    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Despite an unprecedented three-fold increase in the delivery of antiretroviral therapy globally since 2003, the rate of new HIV infections dramatically outpaces current efforts to reach people with life-sustaining treatment. “For every new person who ...More
    June 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • Cardinal Health Signs Agreement With Novation for Distribution of Medical and Surgical Products
    DUBLIN, Ohio -- Cardinal Health, Inc., a leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, announces it has signed a five-year agreement with Novation, the healthcare contracting services company of VHA, Inc. and the University HealthSystem ...More
    June 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • Cornell Researchers Discover How Bacteria Sense Their Environments
    When humans taste or smell, receptors unique to each nerve cell detect the chemical and send signals to the brain, where many cells process the message to understand what we are smelling or tasting. But a bacterium is just a single cell, and it must use many different ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Iowa State Health Officials Announce Mumps Epidemic Contained
    Due to a decrease in the number of reported mumps cases, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announces the containment of the mumps epidemic. Containment of an epidemic means cases may still be occurring, however, there is a significant decrease in the number of ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • HHS Awards BioShield Contract for Botulism Antitoxin
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a contract to the Cangene Corporation of Winnipeg, Canada in the amount of $362 million for 200,000 doses of Heptavalent Botulism Antitoxin. The contract runs for five years with product delivery to the Strategic ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Are Antibiotics for Suspected Childhood Meningitis Harmful?
    Should children with suspected meningitis be given antibiotics before transfer to hospital? Several European countries advise doctors in primary care to do this, but the evidence is conflicting, with some studies suggesting benefit and others suggesting harm. Two papers in ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today: To Flash or Not to Flash?
    To Flash or Not to Flash?That’s the Question for Many Healthcare Workers By Jennifer Schraag Experts share how flash sterilization is misused and what the industry can do to remedy the ongoing issues. Several detrimental issues are continuing in the use of fl ash ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization