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  • Garlic Might Fight Vampires Better Than It Fights Colds
    With the recall of the cold remedy Zicam nasal spray for possibly causing some people to lose their sense of smell and the prior failures of vitamin C and echinacea to prove effective in trials, viruses seem to be winning the war on colds. Adding to the long line of mixed ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Reduced-Dose Schedule for Pneumococcal Vaccine in Infants Shows Effectiveness
    Infants who received two or three primary doses of the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-7) both had a decreased rate of carrying pneumococcal microorganisms that can cause pneumonia and other infections, compared to infants who were not vaccinated, according to ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Teaching Hand Hygiene at Psych Hospitals
    An ICT reader from Pennsylvania has the following question for other infection preventionists at psychiatric hospitals: “Does anyone have any strategies to convince the staff about the importance of teaching patients hand hygiene? I have limited time on the floor with ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Advancing Vaccine Against Valley Fever
    Medical mycologists at the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) and the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have significantly advanced the fight against San Joaquin Valley Fever, a respiratory infection of humans, ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Departments Get Mixed Marks for Communicating About Flu
    State and local health departments get mixed marks for efforts to convey information about the H1N1 virus to the public using their Web sites immediately after U.S. officials declared a public health emergency in April, according to a new RAND Corporation study.While 46 of ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Influenza Monitoring by the U.S. Military
    The recent global swine flu outbreak has underscored the critical need for good surveillance and rapid access to epidemiological data. The U.S. military, starting with early monitoring efforts in the 1970s, has developed a broad-based influenza monitoring system. In an ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Finding the Constant in Bacterial Communication
    The Rosetta Stone of bacterial communication may have been found. Although they have no sensory organs, bacteria can get a good idea about what's going on in their neighborhood and communicate with each other, mainly by secreting and taking in chemicals from their ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections Slated for March 2010
    The fifth decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections will be held March 18-22, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The meeting, co-organized by SHEA, the CDC, APIC and IDSA, will set the agenda for healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention ...More
    July 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Experts Applaud Move to Overturn HIV Entry Ban
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the Center for Global Health Policy say they strongly support the Obama administration’s move to lift the two-decades-old ban on travel and immigration to the U.S. by ...More
    July 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • HAIs and Nurse Staffing Ratios
    The New York State Nurses Association is promoting legislation that would require hospitals to report the number of nursing staff they have available to patients every day during every shift. The association says that New Yorkers deserve to know patient-to-nurse ratios in ...More
    July 6, 2009 Posted in Blogs