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  • A Pointed Look at Bloodborne Pathogens and Surgeons
    Please don’t miss the article by Roni Caryn Rabin in today’s New York Times that asks, “When the Surgeon is Infected, How Safe is the Surgery?” which features comments from epidemiologist Janine Jagger, director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the ...More
    July 10, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • New Way to Target and Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria is Found
    Antibiotic resistance propagates in bacteria by moving DNA strands containing the resistance genes to neighboring cells. An enzyme called relaxase is essential for this process. Bisphosphonates, already approved to treat bone loss, have now been shown to potently disrupt ...More
    July 10, 2007 Posted in News
  • Germgard Lighting LLC Introduces New Hand Sanitation System
    DOVER, N.J. -- A new hand sanitation device for use by hospital healthcare workers and doctors has been demonstrated by Germgard Lighting LLC, an early-phase medical technology company. "It is a unique device," said Dr. Eugene Gordon, Germgard's acting CEO and CTO. "In a ...More
    July 10, 2007 Posted in News
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional Introduces Industry’s First Electronic Bath Tissue Dispenser
    ROSWELL, Ga. – Kimberly-Clark Professional is about to go where no health and hygiene company has gone before – crossing the final touchless restroom frontier – with the introduction of the first electronic bath tissue dispenser. While many public restrooms offer hygienic ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • New Product Targets MRSA in Healthcare Settings
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococus aureus (MRSA) and other antibiotic resistant bacteria, is rising sharply, not only in healthcare settings, but in the community as ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Pre-Kindergarten TB Testing Not Cost-Effective, UCSF Study Finds
    The healthcare system in California could save nearly $1.3 million a year with few adverse public health effects if it discontinued universal tuberculosis skin testing of children entering kindergarten, according to a new study by researchers at the University of ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • Prion Propagates in Foreign Host
    Infectious, oddly-folded proteins that are the main suspects in fatal neurodegenerative diseases such as Cruetzfeldt-Jakob and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow" -- remain mostly a mystery to scientists. Very few prions have been fully described. How they infect ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Soil Particles Found to Boost Prion's Capacity to Infect
    The rogue proteins that cause chronic wasting disease (CWD) exhibit a dramatic increase in their infectious nature when bound to common soil particles, according to a new study. Writing in the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Pathogens, a group led by University of ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • Doctors Urged to be Alert for Chikungunya Infection
    Fever, arthritis, and other symptoms occurring in people to who have recently traveled to islands in the Indian Ocean may signal infection with an imported virus called "Chikungunya," reports a study in the May/June issue of the journal Medicine, published by Lippincott ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • TB Case in Hindsight
    Don't miss Lawrence Altman's thoughtful analysis of the Andrew Speaker TB case that appears in today's U.S. section of the online edition of The New York Times. Altman acknowledges the three-ring media circus the case generated, and explores infectious disease experts' ...More
    July 6, 2007 Posted in Blogs