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  • Microbes in Space
    I realize you are far more concerned about disease transmission and cross-contamination in the healthcare environment, but I saw an interesting tidbit from on alien microbial growth and what kind of havoc earthly bacterium could wreak in outer space. It’s ...More
    February 6, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • SafeHands Points to the Dangers of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers
    BOCA RATON, Fla. – SafeHands is continuing its mission to educate the public about the dangers of alcohol-based instant hand sanitizers and is endeavoring to make alcohol-free instant hand sanitizers a widely accepted practice in hand hygiene when being near a sink is ...More
    February 6, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Tamiflu No Longer Flu’s Silver Bullet
    The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that CDC officials have announced that the antiviral drug Tamiflu is not effective against the dominant influenza strain showing up this flu season.  According to the article, almost 100 percent of the type A H1N1 strain showed ...More
    February 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • The Poor Suffer Disproportionately from Chronic Infections
    Kids from low-income families are much more likely to suffer from serious infections such as herpes or hepatitis A than their counterparts in wealthier households.Two recent University of Michigan studies show a startlingly strong correlation between income and chronic ...More
    February 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers 'Tighten' Body's Protective Coating
    A net with large holes won't catch small fish. Likewise, the microscopic fibers in the protective mucus coatings of the eyes, lungs, stomach or reproductive system naturally bundle together and allow the tiniest disease-causing bugs, allergens or pollutants to slip by. But ...More
    February 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Examine Role of Climate Change in Disease Spread
    Ever since scientists first proposed that the planet might be experiencing widespread climate change, concerns have been raised about its implications for the spread of arboviruses – viruses carried by arthropods such as mosquitoes, midges and ticks. However, while ...More
    February 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pediatric Neurosurgeon to Deliver APIC Keynote Address
    Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD, acclaimed author, director of pediatric neurosurgery and professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, will deliver the keynote address at the 36th annual Educational Conference and ...More
    February 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Give Up Peanut Butter? I’ll Take My Chances on Salmonella Instead
    No, that’s not me talking, but rather the headline that could have run on a piece from The Washington Post on why U.S. consumers are loathe to give up their favorite foods, even in the midst of a product recall such as the one regarding peanut paste products. Flying ...More
    February 4, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Nanoemulsion Potent Against Superbugs Killing Cystic Fibrosis Patients
    University of Michigan scientists report highly encouraging evidence that a super-fine oil-and-water emulsion, already shown to kill many other microbes, may be able to quell the ravaging, often drug-resistant infections that cause nearly all cystic fibrosis deaths.Cystic ...More
    February 4, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • South Carolina Hospitals to Eliminate Infections, Reduce Cost of Care
    In an effort to reduce avoidable deaths, patient harm and healthcare costs, all 65 acute-care hospitals in South Carolina have joined a collaborative aimed at eliminating preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) statewide while safely reducing associated costs. ...More
    February 4, 2009 Posted in News