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  • Universal Influenza Vaccination May Reduce Antibiotic Use
    A new study from Canada suggests that influenza vaccination may prevent another public health problem -- inappropriate antibiotic use. The findings come from a new study in the Sept. 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Disease.Starting in 2000, the Canadian province of ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • A New Way to Stop UTIs?
    Researchers at Duke University Medical Center may have a new way to stop and even prevent the urinary tract infections (UTIs) that plague more than one-third of all adults, some of them repeatedly.The researchers have discovered how cells within the bladder are able to ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Friendly Gut Bacteria Lend a Hand to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that bacteria present in the human gut help initiate the body’s defense mechanisms against Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is generally a mild infection, ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Scientists Discover Why Some Drugs Pack a Punch Against Certain Bacteria
    By studying the intricate mechanisms at work in protein production, a Princeton-led team has discovered why certain kinds of antibiotics are so effective. In doing so, they also have discovered how one protein protects against cell death, shedding light on a natural ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospital Checklists Need a Reality Check, According to New Study
    A team of sociologists and healthcare researchers is calling for greater understanding of how hospital and medical checklists can be used to improve patient safety. Furthermore, say the authors of a commentary in the journal The Lancet, widespread deployment of medical ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Federal Guidelines Encourage Employers to Plan Now for Upcoming Influenza Season
    Department of Commerce (DOC) Secretary Gary Locke, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced new guidance for businesses to plan for and respond to the upcoming flu ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nonprofit Nursing Homes Provide Better Care; Implications for Pressure Ulcers, Other Patient-Care Concerns
    A major new statistical review of 82 individual research studies has revealed that nonprofit nursing homes deliver, on average, higher quality care than for-profit nursing homes. The findings could have a bearing on the present debate about the role of for-profit firms in ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • What Is Your Facility Doing?
    Preparations have begun for the upcoming flu season. Facilities are making sure they have all of the necessary supplies on hand for what could prove to be a challenging time this fall and winter. It was reported on a CBS outlet in Phoenix, KPHO, that some hospitals are ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Oseltamivir-Resistant Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection
    The MMWR Dispatch (Vol. 58) is reporting that on Aug. 6, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detected evidence of resistance to the antiviral medication oseltamivir by pyrosequencing viral RNA from clinical specimens of two immunosuppressed patients ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Efforts to Curb Antibiotic Usage in Ambulatory Settings are Successful
    Researchers with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Preventive Medicine have completed a large epidemiologic study to assess United States usage trends for antibiotic prescriptions. The study, which examined antibiotic prescription data from 1995 ...More
    August 19, 2009 Posted in News