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  • Winter/Spring Brings Increased Meningitis Risk
    This winter, while many parents are focused on influenza prevention, the National Meningitis Association (NMA) is urging parents to also protect their families from meningococcal disease, a deadly but potentially vaccine-preventable bacterial infection. Linda Fryer's ...More
    December 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Influenza Succeeds
    Investigators at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham), Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai), the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Salk) and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) have identified 295 human cell factors that ...More
    December 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Smelly Stories: Aromatherapy and Beyond
    In June I adopted a new canine companion – a four-month-old female, 13-inch beagle – and named her Maggie Mae. These six months of living together have been fun and sometimes frustrating.  I have learned that her “nose rules.”  ...More
    December 21, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine May Provide Sufficient Protection for Infants and Children
    One dose of vaccine may be effective to protect infants and children and reduce transmission of the H1N1 virus, according to a study in JAMA, published online today because of its public health implications. The study will appear in the Jan. 6, 2010 print edition of ...More
    December 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • End of H1N1 'Second Wave' in Sight in the U.S., New Report Says
    Rates of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus testing in the U.S. have declined more than 75 percent since their peak in late October, suggesting that the "second wave" of virus infection that sickened tens of millions of Americans since it began four months ago may be coming to an ...More
    December 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Peptide May be Effective Against MRSA
    Researchers from Germany have identified a new antimicrobial peptide that demonstrates significant activity against a variety of bacteria, including multiresistant human strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • HAI-Related Litigation: What Infection Preventionists Need to Know
    Litigation related to healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) is a trend that should be on every infection preventionist (IP)’s radar for the coming decade, especially in light of the fact that the frequency of hospital professional liability claims is increasing. ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Improved Patient Safety and Reduced Infection Rates: An Imperative in 2010
    2010 may be known as the year of renewed patient safety efforts, at least if Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, professor at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, has anything to say about it. He is part of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins, a ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • In the Aftermath of 2008 CMS Rule, Hospitals Seek to Prevent Infections, Retain Reimbursement
    It has been about 14 months since a new directive from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) went into effect Oct. 1, 2008, essentially declaring that Medicare will no longer reimburse hospitals for extra costs related to certain infections acquired during a ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Researchers Discover New Ways to Treat Chronic Infections
    Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have identified three key regulators required for the formation and development of biofilms. The discovery could lead to new ways of treating chronic infections.Biofilms — communities of bacteria in ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization