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  • Genes Involved in Antibiotic Resistance Vary Within a Species
    The recent emergence of multidrug resistance (MDR) in Acinetobacter baumannii, a bacteria that causes infections primarily among seriously ill patients in the intensive care unit who may have reduced immune systems, has raised concern in healthcare settings worldwide. When ...More
    December 16, 2008 Posted in News
  • People-Based Patient Safety: A New Approach to Eliminating Medical Errors
    Coastal Training Technologies’ People-Based Patient Safety® program provides the newest training paradigm for the healthcare industry. The goal remains the same – preventing medical errors – with an estimated 98,000 American patients dying as a result ...More
    December 16, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Unpasteurized Milk Poses Health Risks Without Benefits
    With disease outbreaks linked to unpasteurized milk rising in the United States, a review published in the Jan. 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases examines the dangers of drinking raw milk.Milk and dairy products are cornerstones of a healthy diet. However, if ...More
    December 16, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researcher Refining Synthetic Molecules to Prevent HIV Resistance
    Evolving HIV viral strains and the adverse side effects associated with long-term exposure to current treatments propel scientists to continue exploring alternative HIV treatments. In a new study, a University of Missouri researcher has identified broad-spectrum aptamers. ...More
    December 16, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Fool Bacteria Into Killing Themselves
    Like firemen fighting fire with fire, researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have found a way to fool a bacteria’s evolutionary machinery into programming its own death.“The basic idea is for an antimicrobial to ...More
    December 16, 2008 Posted in News
  • Potluck-Phobes Unite in Our Squeamishness!
    My name is Kelly, and I am a potluck-phobe. There, I said it! For years I have been skirting the issue with work colleagues, just as I have stealthily been avoiding the communal feeding trough for the unknown horrors it could hide. And now an article from The Los Angeles ...More
    December 16, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Finding Yourself in a Conundrum
    Conundrum, a funny word, isn't it?  And yet, it's something that we find ourselves in quite often. The dictionary says it originated back as far as 1590-1600. So, obviously people have been having these for centuries. With the holiday season fast approaching, I ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • CMV Infection in Transplant Recipients
    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a serious condition and an important cause of morbidity and mortality in recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) and solid organ transplant (SOT). Controversy exists regarding the best method for CMV prevention. It is ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • “Gross” Messaging Increases Handwashing
    DENVER – Research conducted by University of Denver (DU) associate professor Renée Botta suggests that it takes "gross" messaging to get undergraduate students to wash their hands more frequently after going to the bathroom.In the fall quarter of 2007, ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Hopkins-Led Team Solves Failed Vaccine Mystery
    Research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Center scientists has figured out why a respiratory syncytial virus vaccine used in 1966 to inoculate children against the infection instead caused severe respiratory disease and effectively stopped efforts to make a better one. The ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News