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  • How Do Lactobacilli Treat Helicobacter pylori-related Diseases?
    Some studies have demonstrated H. pylori stimulates the release of interleukin-8 (IL-8) from gastric epithelia, which initiates inflammatory damage to gastric mucosa and plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of H. pylori infections. H. pylori lipopolysaccharide (H. ...More
    September 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Healthcare Leaders Kick Off Summit Focused on Zero-Tolerance Approach to HAIs
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As healthcare providers brace for an October deadline when Medicare will lower reimbursement rates for certain preventable medical conditions, healthcare industry leaders are meeting to learn how to implement a zero-tolerance approach to ...More
    September 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Who's ready?
    Ok, 23 days and counting. Are you prepared?Much has been made, and rightly so, for the new CMS regulations that are going to start on October 1st. While we can talk about this, is anyone really prepared? For those that are not, how are you preparing for the task at hand?On ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Kids-as-Germ-Factories Concept Confirmed
    Conventional wisdom suggests that kids can be little germ factories, but now there’s a study that confirms the incidence of flu increases in neighborhoods with more children in them. To read the complete article from the Associated Press at Newsweek.com, CLICK ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • New Paper Sheds Light on Bacterial Cell Wall Recycling
    A new paper by a team of researchers led by Shahriar Mobashery, the Navari Family Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, provides important new insights into the process by which bacteria recycle their cell wall. The cell wall is a critically important ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals Promising Method for Reducing MRSA Infections in Hospital ICUs
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Doctors at the University of Virginia Health System have significantly reduced MRSA infections among surgical intensive care patients by using antibiotic cycling, a method of rotating drugs at regular intervals.  In a study published in the ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Environmental Services Week is Sept. 14-20, 2008
    Environmental Services Week is Sept. 14-20, 2008, a time to show support and appreciation for healthcare environmental services and housekeeping departments (and a good time to recognize their infection prevention efforts!) For details, go to the American Society for ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves DNA Test to Measure Hepatitis B Virus Levels
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first nucleic acid test for hepatitis B virus (HBV) that measures the amount of viral DNA (viral load) in a patient’s blood. Assessing a patient’s viral load provides healthcare professionals with a highly ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Manufacturers of TNF-Blocker Drugs Must Highlight Risk of Fungal Infections
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that the manufacturers of Humira, Cimzia, Enbrel, and Remicade must strengthen the existing warnings, in the Warnings and Precaution sections of the drugs' prescribing information and Medication Guides, on the risk ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Alfalfa Sprouts Sicken 13 in Washington and Oregon
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State health officials believe alfalfa sprouts are connected to an outbreak of Salmonella that’s sickened nine people in our state and four in Oregon.The outbreak has been tied to alfalfa sprouts from Sprouters Northwest, Inc. in Kent. The company ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News