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  • IAHCSMM and ASHSCP Merger is Finalized
    CHICAGO -- Nearly five months after the American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP) formally announced its intent to merge with the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), the merger has been ...More
    February 27, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Scientists Identify Proteins that Help Bacteria Put Up a Fight
    Scientists have identified the role of two proteins that contribute to disease-causing bacteria cells’ versatility in resisting certain classes of antibiotics. The finding is a step toward development of drug therapies that could target bacterial resistance at its cellular ...More
    February 26, 2008 Posted in News
  • Another E. Coli Could be the Next Big Threat
    While many of us are worried about E. coli 0157 in our food supply, a pre-harvest food safety expert at Kansas State University cautions that other types of E. coli shouldn't go ignored. T.G. Nagaraja is a professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at K-State's ...More
    February 26, 2008 Posted in News
  • Nanoemulsion Vaccines Show Increasing Promise
    A novel technique for vaccinating against a variety of infectious diseases – using an oil-based emulsion placed in the nose, rather than needles – has proved able to produce a strong immune response against smallpox and HIV in two new studies. The results build on previous ...More
    February 26, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Say Anti-HIV Gel Proven Safe, Tolerable for Women
    An experimental anti-HIV gel is safe for women to use on a daily basis, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In testing, the gel, called tenofovir, was favorably self-applied and ...More
    February 25, 2008 Posted in News
  • Silica Smart Bombs Deliver Knock-out to Bacteria
    Bacteria mutate for a living, evading antibiotic drugs while killing tens of thousands of people in the United States each year. But as concern about drug-resistant bacteria grows, one novel approach under way at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to ...More
    February 25, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • 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