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  • Infectious Prion Strains Identified by Accelerated Method
    Current tests to identify specific strains of infectious prions, which cause a range of transmissible diseases (such as mad cow) in animals and humans, can take anywhere from six months to a year to yield results – a time-lag that may put human populations at risk. ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Who's Who in Infection Prevention 2009
    We present our annual list of exceptional individuals working in infection prevention and control, as nominated by Infection Control Today magazine readers. Congratulations to these dedicated professionals who are working hard to advance the infection prevention agenda. ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • H1N1 Draws Renewed Attention to Health Policy Issues
    The global spread of a unique strain of swine-origin H1N1 influenza (SO-IV) is almost a certainty. The lethality of the SO-IV and the impact of a pandemic on an already fragile world economy has yet to be determined. However, in the early days of this pandemic we have much ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Behavioral Issues Drive Hand Hygiene Compliance
    Since the age of Ignaz Semmelweiss, healthcare practitioners have been admonished to cleanse their hands before coming in contact with patients. While common sense dictated hand hygiene for decades, it wasn’t until 1981 that the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Looking for New Antibiotics
    As the best drugs become increasingly resistant to superbugs, McMasterUniversity researchers have discovered a completely different way of looking for a new antibiotic.In a paper to be published published on May 29 in the journal Chemistry and Biology, with colleagues in ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Biochemical Signals Help Immune Cells Remember How to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered how two biochemical signals play unique roles in promoting the development of a group of immune cells employed as tactical assassins. In their initial response, these immune cells, known as cytotoxic T ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Develop New HIV Microbicide
    In what could be a major pharmaceutical breakthrough, research published online in The FASEB Journal describes how scientists from St George's, University of London have devised a one-two punch to stop HIV. First the report describes a new protein that can kill the virus ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Chronic Hepatitis C Patients Have New Treatment Option
    A new combination therapy of daily consensus interferon (CIFN) and ribavirin is effective for some people with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) who do not respond to standard therapy. The treatment works particularly well in interferon-sensitive patients who have lower fibrosis ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hand Hygiene Compliance Strategies from ICT Readers
    ICT asked infection preventionists to share some of their best strategies for boosting hand hygiene compliance at their facilities. There’s one thing Nash Health Care’s infection prevention coordinator doesn’t mind spreading throughout the facility — ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Product Usage Measurement, Feedback Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance
    The message that hand hygiene can prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) is clear, yet compliance remains an infection preventionist (IP)’s significant challenge. McGuckin, et al. (2009), in their 12-month multi-center collaboration assessing hand hygiene ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene