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  • 2.5 Billion Live with Poor Sanitation Facilities
    NEW YORK/GENEVA -- Every day, over 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation and nearly 1.2 billion practice open defecation, the riskiest sanitary practice of all, according to a report issued last week by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Germs Under Foot Confirmed
    A Nevada television station reporter tested two Las Vegas homes for various kinds of disease-causing bacteria, swabbing tile floors, carpeted areas, the soles of shoes, and even the family pet’s paws. The samples were taken to the Silver State Analytical Labs and ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • How to Differentiate Between Professional-Grade Antiseptic Products?
    I wanted to share the following letter to the editor I received regarding the article, “Is Your Alcohol Handrub as Professional as You Are?” by Jeanne Medvick, BAMT (ASCP), MBA, which appeared in the June issue of ICT: To the Editor:Jeanne Medvick ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Immigrant Visa Vaccination Requirements Tightened
    BALTIMORE -- New vaccine requirements will affect anyone who is applying for an immigrant visa for entry into the U.S. and anyone seeking adjustment of status for permanent residence. Applicants must show proof of vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases, as ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Association for Vascular Access Hosts Webinar on “Building a Better Bundle”
    The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) will host a Webinar, “Building a Better Bundle,” on Aug. 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.  The free Webinar is supported by an educational grant from Ethicon, Inc. and its BIOPATCH® protective Disk with CHG. ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Cranberry Juice Creates Energy Barrier that Prevents Bacteria from Adhering to Cells, New Study Shows
    WORCESTER, Mass. — For generations, people have consumed cranberry juice, convinced of its power to ward off urinary tract infections, though the exact mechanism of its action has not been well understood. A new study by researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Pandemic Flu: Most Nursing Homes Don't Have a Plan
    If influenza pandemic hits the United States, acute care hospitals are likely to be overwhelmed. Nursing homes may then be expected to assist with the patient overflow, but a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that many are not prepared ...More
    July 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Helps Identify Foreign-Born Persons Living in U.S. at Higher Risk of TB
    The relative yield of finding and treating latent tuberculosis is particularly high among higher-risk groups of foreign-born persons living in the U.S., such as individuals from most countries of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, according to a study in the July 23/30 ...More
    July 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis Presents Major Challenges to HIV Treatment
    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care and treatment programs in resource-limited settings must aggressively address tuberculosis (TB) and the emerging multidrug-resistant TB epidemic to save patient lives and to curb the global TB burden, a major cause of death for ...More
    July 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Evidence of Battle Between Humans and Ancient Virus
    For millennia, humans and viruses have been locked in an evolutionary back-and-forth -- one changes to outsmart the other, prompting the second to change and outsmart the first. With retroviruses, which work by inserting themselves into their host’s DNA, the evidence ...More
    July 22, 2008 Posted in News