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  • Arlington Capital Partners Acquires Virgo Publishing
    Arlington Capital Partners Acquires Virgo Publishing PHOENIX -- Virgo Publishing announces that it has been acquired by Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based private-equity fund with more than $1 billion of committed capital under management. Arlington ...More
    February 25, 2008 Posted in News
  • CDC State Preparedness Report Highlights Progress and Challenges
    An inaugural report on public health preparedness released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates states have made significant progress with respect to emergency preparedness, but that significant challenges remain. "This assessment of ...More
    February 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Frequent Handwashing Increases Risk for Irritant Contact Dermatitis
    For the millions of healthcare workers in the United States, repeated handwashing may not seem like an occupational hazard at first glance. In fact, good hand hygiene is essential to stop the spread of infections such as staphylococcus and clostridium. However, new research ...More
    February 21, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Antibiotics Not Associated With Significant Benefit in Preventing Fluid Buildup in Children With Ear Infections
    CHICAGO -- When prescribed to children with middle ear infections, antibiotics are not associated with a significant reduction in fluid buildup in the ear, according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies in the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head ...More
    February 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Collaborative Takes the Pressure Off Vulnerable Patient Population
    The New York Times, in its online Health section today, has a terrific article on pressure ulcers that is well worth your time. Infections relating to bedsores may not grab the headlines like they should, even though that’s what killed paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve. ...More
    February 21, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Did you know it's cold and flu season?
    I consider my self to be a germ conscious person. Like most people I make it a point to wash my hands often, open bathroom doors with paper towels, push elevator buttons with my elbows, etc. I am amazed at how many people make light of the simple things. Perfect example: I ...More
    February 20, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Evolutionary History of SARS Supports Bats as Virus Source
    Scientists who have studied the genome of the virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) say their comparisons to related viruses offer new evidence that the virus infecting humans originated in bats. The analysis tracing the viruses’ paths through human and ...More
    February 19, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • New York Hospital Helps British Facility Lower its Infection Rate
    Using its best-practice methods for infection control and patient care, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York has helped a new British hospital lower their infection rates and average length of stay. Infection control and length of stay are concerns for any hospital, ...More
    February 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • H3N2 Flu Strain Has U.S. in Its Clutches
    Late last week Joe Bresee, MD, chief of the branch of epidemiology and prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s influenza division provided a seasonal flu update. After relatively low levels of influenza activity in the early part of the season, ...More
    February 19, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Examine Animal Antibiotic Resistance, Possible Human Link
    It’s bad enough when pathogenic bacteria work their way into the animal food supply. Here’s a related problem that has recently attracted scientists’ attention: some of the pathogens may become resistant to the antimicrobials that are used to fight animal disease, and that ...More
    February 19, 2008 Posted in News