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  • Protect Your Patients & Facility with Instrument Tracking
    Can you ensure to all patients that every instrument used in their surgical procedure can be tracked back to the sterilizer and load in which it was processed? ANSI/AAMI-recommended practices and industry standards for sterilization support the notion that all items used in ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Containment, Handling and Disposal of Fluid Medical Waste
    Disposing of liquid and solid medical waste from the operating suite is a task that every healthcare facility must perform with an eye toward efficiency and cost effectiveness while protecting healthcare workers (HCWs) from exposure to pathogenic bacteria and viruses. HCWs ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Scientists Unlock Secrets of C. difficile's Protective Shell
    The detailed structure of a protective 'jacket' that surrounds cells of the Clostridium difficile superbug, and which helps the dangerous pathogen stick to human host cells and tissues, is revealed in part in the March 1 issue of Molecular Microbiology.Scientists hope that ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Saliva Reveals a Lot About What Lives in Your Mouth
    Like it or not, your mouth is home to a thriving community of microbial life. More than 600 different species of bacteria reside in this "microbiome," yet everyone hosts a unique set of bugs, and this could have important implications for health and disease. In a study ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Liver Transplant Recipients with Hepatitis B May Need Lifelong Antiviral Treatment
    Patients who undergo liver transplantation for hepatitis B-related liver damage should receive lifelong antiviral treatment to keep the disease from coming back. A new study shows that they lack cellular immunity against the disease, making recurrence likely if antiviral ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Discovery Gives TB Vaccine a Shot in the Arm
    A new article appearing in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology may lead to improvements in the efficacy of the current tuberculosis vaccine. Specifically, a team of Italian researchers discovered a new role for type I interferon, in which it improves ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Look to Marine Sponges to Beat Antibiotic Resistance
    No matter how sophisticated modern medicine becomes, common ailments like fungal infections can outrun the best of the world's antibiotics. In people with compromised immune systems (like premature babies, AIDS victims or those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer) the risk ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Experts Urge Supermarket Pharmacies to “Get Smart” About Free Antibiotics
    As influenza season shifts into high gear, with 24 states now reporting widespread activity, the nation’s infectious diseases experts are urging supermarket pharmacies with free-antibiotics promotions to educate their customers on when antibiotics are the right ...More
    February 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Feds Search for Person Responsible for Shipping Tainted Syringes is reporting today that federal authorities are looking for the person responsible for allowing tainted syringes to be shipped from a pharmaceutical product manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The bacteria-laden syringes caused bacterial infections in several ...More
    February 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Predict Risk from Mosquito-Borne Disease
    South DakotaStateUniversity scientists will use research on two continents to develop models for predicting where and when the risk from mosquito-borne diseases is greatest.The four-year project is funded by a grant of $1,079,300 from the National Institute of Allergy and ...More
    February 24, 2009 Posted in News