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  • Researchers Develop New Technique to Tap Full Potential of Antibody Libraries
    In hopes of more fully tapping the libraries' potential, a group of Scripps Research Institute scientists, led by Scripps Research president Richard A. Lerner, MD, has for the first time developed a new screening technique that enables antibody screening against equally ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • E. coli Persists Against Antibiotics Through HipA-Induced Dormancy
    Bacteria hunker down and survive antibiotic attack when a protein flips a chemical switch that throws them into a dormant state until treatment abates, researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center report in the Jan.16 edition of Science."For ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Ohio Business and Healthcare Leaders Partner to Improve Patient Safety
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in Ohio’s history, business leaders and healthcare providers are teaming up in a statewide effort to make Ohio the safest place in the nation for healthcare. The Cardinal Health Foundation, the Ohio Business Roundtable, the ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • EPA Accepts New Claims for a PDI Germicidal Wipe
    Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI), a leading manufacturer of pre-moistened wipes for healthcare, recently received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acceptance to include three additional microorganisms to Super Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Finding the Right Antibacterial Skin Cleanser
    Kathy asks, "Any suggestions for a product I can use on an elderly man whose skin is apparently colonized with MRSA? Any time he has a razor nick, ingrown hair, etc. it becomes a MRSA infection, sensitive to Bactrim. He is very hirsute, other wise skin is intact. Could I ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Report Says U.S. Not Ready for Pandemic Flu
    Today, Committee on Homeland Security chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and former Subcommittee Chairman for Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, James R. Langevin (D-RI), released a Majority staff report, "Getting Beyond Getting Ready for Pandemic ...More
    January 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Surgical Safety Checklist Drops Deaths and Complications by More than One-Third
    An international pilot study involving Toronto General Hospital (TGH), a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, and other hospitals from around the world, has found that using a Surgical Patient Safety Checklist significantly reduces surgical ...More
    January 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C May Increase Pancreatic Cancer Risk
    A new study shows that infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) increases a person’s risk for a highly fatal cancer of the biliary tree, the bile carrying pathway between the liver and pancreas. This finding is in the January issue of Hepatology, a journal published by ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Workplace Benefits of Influenza Vaccination
    Workers age 50-64 who received influenza vaccine lost substantially fewer days of work and worked fewer days while ill, according to a new study in the Feb. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. Given the concerns about antiviral drug resistance ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Another Elimination Guide from APIC
    On Dec. 8, APIC mailed out another elimination guide to members – Guide to Elimination of Mediastinitis Surgical Site Infections. My copy arrived during the holiday rush and I considered it to be APIC’s Christmas gift to me.  I finally got around to a ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in Blogs