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  • Community-Associated Staph Infections Involving Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Increase
    The incidence of antibiotic-resistant staph infections associated with being acquired in the community and not in health care institutions increased almost seven-fold in Chicago's Cook County Hospital system between 2000 and 2005, according to a report in the May 28 issue ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Study Indicates ICU Nurse Working Conditions Linked to Rise in Patient Infections
    Hospitals that have better working conditions for nurses are safer for elderly intensive care unit (ICU) patients, according to a recent report, led by Columbia University School of Nursing researchers that measured rates of hospital-associated infections. Hospital ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • How Plague-Causing Bacteria Disarm Host Defense
    Effector proteins are the bad guys that help bacterial pathogens do their job of infecting the host by crippling the body’s immune system. In essence, they knock down the front door of resistance and disarm the cell’s alarm system. Now, researchers at the University of ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Extremely Drug Resistant TB a Growing Problem in India
    Extremely drug resistant TB, or XDR-TB, is a serious problem in India, according to a study presented May 21 at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference. The study, the first in India to look at the prevalence of XDR-TB, found this type of TB accounts for ...More
    May 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Majority of U.S. Parents Not in Favor of HPV Vaccine Mandates
    While debate in several state governments continues to grow over school mandates for Gardasil – a vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for girls ages 11 to 12 that is designed to provide protection against human papillomavirus, or HPV, ...More
    May 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • House Dust May Protect Against Allergic Disease Early in Life
    Endotoxin, a toxic substance made by certain types of bacteria, may reduce the risk of developing the allergic skin condition eczema or wheezing in children if they are exposed to it up to age 3, suggests a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International ...More
    May 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • Hotter is Better for Removing Allergens in Laundry
    A new study finds that the heat setting you choose when doing laundry makes all the difference when it comes to killing dust mites. The researchers found that washing laundry in hot water -- 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 ºC) or higher -- kills all house dust mites, compared ...More
    May 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Point to a Cure for Hepatitis C
    The use of peginterferon alone, or in combination with ribavirin, points to a cure for hepatitis C, the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and the need for liver transplant, a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher said today. Mitchell Shiffman, MD, professor in ...More
    May 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • Inviro Medical Devices Names Healthcare Leader to its Board
    ATLANTA -- Alan Weinstein, founder and former president of Premier, Inc., a group purchasing organization, has been named to the board of directors of Inviro Medical Devices, a manufacturer of infection control products. During his 30-year healthcare career, Weinstein ...More
    May 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • 3M Acquires DMS Chile; Acquisition Broadens Infection Prevention Platform in Latin America
    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- 3M announces that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Articulos de Papel DMS Chile, a Santiago, Chile-based manufacturer of disposable surgical packs, drapes, gowns and kits. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This acquisition ...More
    May 21, 2007 Posted in News