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  • Protein May Help Lower Infection Deaths in Dialysis
    Higher levels of an antimicrobial protein regulated by vitamin D appears to significantly reduce the risk of death from infection in dialysis patients, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The human cathelicidin antimicrobial protein, or hCAP18, is part of ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Use of Antibacterial Linked With Reduced Risk of Catheter-Related Infections
    For critically ill patients in intensive care units, use of a sponge containing the antimicrobial agent chlorhexidine gluconate as part of the dressing for catheters reduced the risk of major catheter-related infections, according to a study in the March 25 issue of JAMA. ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Improved Preparedness for Disease Outbreaks and Bioterror
    A federal program designed to help metropolitan public health agencies prepare to deliver essential medicines to the public after a large-scale bioterror attack or natural disease outbreak has succeeded in improving the level of readiness, according to a new RAND ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Catheter to Cut Infection Risk for Dialysis Patients
    Medical experts at the University of Nottingham have shown that an innovative antimicrobial catheter could vastly improve treatment and the quality of life for many community-based dialysis patients.Results of a study published in the leading journal Biomaterials, have ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Data Show TB-HIV Co-Infection a Bigger Threat
    The World Health Organization has released new data about the threat of tuberculosis and the toll it takes on people with HIV/AIDS today, in recognition of World TB Day. The TB-HIV co-infection crisis is twice as big as previously thought, the new WHO figures show. In 2007, ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Why Aren't ICPs Following Evidence-Based Practices?
    Frank from Kentucky writes, “Here is a question for the infection control practitioners out there: We are all aware that Medicare will at some point withhold payment to hospitals for patients who develop a hospital-acquired catheter-associated urinary tract infection ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • American Lung Association Recognizes 2009 World TB Day
    Stephen J. Nolan, chairman of the American Lung Association, made the following statement today:  “One hundred and five years after Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau founded our health organization and dedicated it to eradicating tuberculosis (TB), the American Lung ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Combination Therapy May Protect Against Implant-Associated MRSA Infections
    A new study suggests that combination therapy using the antibiotics linezolid and rifampin may effectively treat drug-resistant MRSA implant-associated infections. The researchers from Switzerland report their findings in the March 2009 issue of the journal Antimicrobial ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • New Vaccine May Protect Against Campylobacter jejuni
    A new conjugate vaccine containing the capsule polysaccharides from two strains of Campylobacter jejuni, a major cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide, provided protection against infection in mice and monkeys and may ultimately have human implications. The researchers from ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tuesday is World TB Day
    Tuesday is World TB Day, which strives to raise awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one-third of the world's population is currently infected with TB. The Stop TB ...More
    March 23, 2009 Posted in Blogs