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  • B. Braun Introduces Silver Impregnated Needle-Free Luer Access Device
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- B. Braun Medical Inc. announces it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the industry’s first silver-impregnated antibacterial Luer Access Device (LAD) designed to reduce potential catheter-related bloodstream infections. B. Braun’s ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Listeriosis Infection Primer for Healthcare Providers
    With the current outbreaks of listeriosis in Canada connected to deli meats and cheese, The Canadian Medical Association and the CMA Journal is releasing guidelines for healthcare professionals and the general public about symptoms, who is at risk, symptom management, and ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Herpes Virus Changes Anti-Herpes Drug to Form that Hinders AIDS Virus
    The drug acyclovir has long been used to suppress outbreaks of oral and genital herpes. Herpes viruses change acyclovir to a form that prevents them from reproducing. Now, it appears that after acyclovir is altered by herpes viruses, it also interferes with the AIDS ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Toxic Dye Can Curb Bacterial Growth in Surgical Wounds
    Scientists have figured out a way to use a toxic molecule-eluting dye called indocyanine green and near-infrared light to help curb bacterial growth in surgical wounds. This information was presented at a meeting being held this week by the UK’s Society for General ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Germicidal Agent in Paints Can Fight Superbugs
    Scientists have discovered the germicidal properties of titanium dioxide, a brilliant white compound used as a brightening agent in paints. New information on how nanoparticle-sized forms of titanium dioxide destroy bacteria when they absorb ultraviolet light energy from ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Clinical Trial for New Tuberculosis Vaccine Underway
    With 2 million deaths and 9 million new cases annually, there are more victims of tuberculosis than of any other infectious disease, apart from AIDS. To make the situation worse, many strains of tuberculosis are so resistant that they no longer respond to traditional ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Biofilms Could Help Battle Superbugs
    Biofilms, the very thing can be so harmful, may become an unexpected asset to researchers trying to develop a vaccine against antibiotic-resistant organisms known as superbugs. A sticky substance produced by bacteria in these biofilms is being tested as a viable vaccine ...More
    September 10, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Study Raises the "Ick" Factor in Food Processing
    I am a big fan of cable television programming that show viewers how something’s made, whether it’s an acoustic guitar or a potato chip. But I have always looked at the machinery in these food processing and packaging plants and wondered how hygienic it ...More
    September 10, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Killing Bacteria Isn't Enough to Restore Immune Function After Infection
    DALLAS – A bacterial molecule that initially signals to animals that they have been invaded must be wiped out by a special enzyme before an infected animal can regain full health, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. Using a genetically engineered ...More
    September 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • APIC Urges States to Proclaim International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 19-25, 2008
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To bring greater attention to the critical need to protect patients and the public from the risk of infection, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) urges every state to recognize International Infection ...More
    September 10, 2008 Posted in News