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  • STERIS Corporation Submits New Sterilization System to FDA
    Mentor, Ohio - STERIS Corporation today announced that it has submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a new liquid chemical sterilization system for 510(k) clearance. The new submission follows discussions with the FDA regarding issues raised in a May 2008 ...More
    January 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • MRSA Head and Neck Infections Increase Among Children
    Rates of antibiotic-resistant head and neck infections increased in pediatric patients nationwide between 2001 and 2006, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.Before the 1980s, infections with strains of the ...More
    January 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Stump the Doc
    Welcome to 2009 and a new game show season. Has anyone played my new game show? It's called, "Stump the Doc." The gist of the show is to see how many physicians you can visit until someone comes up with the correct diagnosis. The idea for this game show came to mind after a ...More
    January 19, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA Update on Salmonella Outbreak
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports it has traced a source of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures both peanut butter that is institutionally served in such settings as long-term care ...More
    January 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Make Breakthrough Against Poxviruses
    Smallpox has a nasty history throughout the world. Caused by poxviruses, smallpox is one of the few disease-causing agents against which the human body’s immune system is ineffective in its defense.A major breakthrough by Junpeng Deng, a structural biologist in the ...More
    January 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Toxoplasma gondii Gets Noticed
    In a new study, researchers provide insight into how Toxoplasma gondii, a common parasite of people and other animals, triggers an immune response in its host. The report will appear online Jan. 19 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. A strong immune response spares T. ...More
    January 19, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Wash Your Hands for a Healthy State: Hygiene Propaganda in the Soviet Union
    In "The Body Soviet: Propaganda, Hygiene and the Revolutionary State," historian Tricia Starks examines the extensive collections of healthcare propaganda and records of medical monitoring institutions to reveal the centrality of public health campaigns in founding the ...More
    January 16, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Free Antibiotics: The Wrong Prescription for Cold and Flu Season
    With an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections growing, experts are warning grocery-store pharmacies that antibiotics giveaways are an unhealthy promotional gimmick. If grocery stores want to help customers and save them money during cold and flu season, the ...More
    January 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • STERRAD® CYCLESURE® Biological Indicator is Now 24 Hours to Accelerate Instrument Throughput
    IRVINE, Calif. -- Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) announces that its STERRAD® CYCLESURE® Biological Indicator readout time has improved from a 48-hour incubation time to only 24 hours. Now, STERRAD® System customers can safely record biological ...More
    January 16, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • New Family of Antibacterial Agents Uncovered
    As bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics continue to increase in number, scientists keep searching for new sources of drugs. In this week's JBC, one potential new bactericide has been found in the tiny freshwater animal Hydra.The protein identified by Joachim ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News