• Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
    If you’re staying in a hotel room these days, you’d better check between the sheets for an uninvited guest. Infestations of bed bugs are making headlines lately, and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) indicates that these kinds of infestations have been ...More
    August 7, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • New Smallpox Protein Structure Could Aid in Drug Design
    The smallpox virus topoisomerase enzyme-DNA complex (DNA, yellow; topoisomerase, blue; covalent bond between the topoisomerase and the DNA, pink sphere). Image courtesy of Kay Perry, PhD; Frederic D. Bushman, PhD; Gregory D. Van Duyne, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers’ "Movie" Spies on Malaria Parasite's Sneaky Behavior
    Malaria has been outsmarting the human immune system for centuries. Now, using real-time imaging to track malaria infections in live mice, researchers have discovered one of the parasite’s sneakiest tricks—using dead liver cells to cloak and transport itself back into the ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Coloplast Launches Education Program to Train, Empower and Develop Core Competencies for the Caregiver
    ATLANTA -- After years of focus on the development of skin health best practices for acute and long-term care healthcare organizations, Coloplast has now launched an award-winning, accredited modular educational program titled “Skin: the Vital Organ.” This program is ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Meaningful Data Collection
    Question: As a critical access hospital with fewer than 25 beds and an average census of 10 patients per day, our numbers are obviously much smaller than most facilities. We are attempting to determine if our infection control data should be presented on the basis of 100 or ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research Publishes Study on Distinguishing Potential Hoax Materials from Bioterror Agents
    Researchers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) NationalCenter for Toxicological Research (NCTR) are developing a quick, cost-effective way to screen for and identify bioterror agents and other substances used in hoax incidents. The testing method uses a technology ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Lysol Launches Bleach-, Color- and Fragrance-Free Food Surface Sanitizer
    PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 76 million cases of foodborne diseases, commonly known as food poisoning, occur in the United States every year.(i) Eighty percent of Salmonella cases alone are acquired at ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • An Eye-Opening New Study of MRSA Sterile-Site Infections
    I want to direct your attention to an important article in the August issue of Critical Care Medicine, in which researchers conducted a three-year retrospective study of 549 Barnes-JewishHospital patients with MRSA sterile-site infection. Their goal was to determine the ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Immediate, Aggressive Treatment Necessary to Fight MRSA
    DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Drug-resistant hospital-acquired infections often are treated initially with ineffective antibiotics, which increases the risk of death, according to an article in the August issue of Critical Care Medicine, the journal of the Society of Critical Care ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Influenza Vaccines to be Manufactured for Upcoming Flu Season
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it has approved this year's seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines that include the new strains of virus judged likely to cause flu in the Northern Hemisphere in 2006-2007. "These approvals signal our commitment to ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News