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  • APIC Supports National Influenza Vaccination Week
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other healthcare organizations in supporting National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, 2008. As part of this year’s ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hot Drinks Help Fight Colds and Flu
    A hot drink may help reduce the symptoms of common colds and flu, according to new research by Cardiff University's Common Cold Centre. New research at the Centre has found that a simple hot drink of fruit cordial can provide immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • During Cold and Flu Season, Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed
    New online educational materials remind young and old alike about the health benefits of frequent and proper hand hygiene: stopping germs and illness dead in their tracks.The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have teamed up ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Have Adverse Event Reporting Systems
    More than 94 percent of U.S. hospitals have centralized systems for collecting reports of adverse events, but only 21 percent fully distribute and consider adverse event summary reports, according to a study funded by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dressed to Kill: From Virus to Vaccine
    In a pioneering effort, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Queensland in Australia have successfully demonstrated that they can count, size and gauge the quality of virus-like particle-based (VLP) vaccines much ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Pressure Ulcers Increasing Among Hospital Patients
    Hospitalizations involving patients with pressure ulcers– either developed before or after admission – increased by nearly 80 percent between 1993 and 2006, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Pressure ...More
    December 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify ‘Border Patrol Agents' in the Gut
    Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have shown in mice how and under what circumstances the gut activates its defensive mechanisms to prevent illness. Scientists have known for decades that microbial cells in the human gut outnumber the body’s own cells by ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Half-Dose Flu Shot Appears to Produce Immune Response in Young, Healthy Adults
    Individuals younger than 50 who have been previously vaccinated do not appear to have a substantially different immune response to a half-dose of influenza vaccine than to a full dose, according to a report in the Dec. 8/22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine (Arch ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Identifies Characteristics of Hospitals With Low SSI Rates
    New research published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) suggests that surgical procedures that are shorter in duration and the use of fewer blood transfusions characterize hospitals that have a lower incidence of surgical site ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Biologists Spy Close-up View of Poliovirus Linked to Host Cell Receptor
    By Emil Venere Researchers from Purdue and Stony Brook universities have determined the precise atomic-scale structure of the poliovirus attached to key receptor molecules in human host cells and also have taken a vital snapshot of processes leading to infection. The virus ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News