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  • MRSA Infection Rates Fall When UK Hospitals Receive Discounts on Insurance Premiums
    A major reform of the way that NHS hospitals pay for legal liability insurance has led to improvements in patient safety, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Offering discounts on insurance premiums to hospitals that meet certain ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • ACP Recommends Routine HIV Screening for All Patients
    On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is giving doctors a call-to-action to routinely encourage HIV screening to all of their patients older than 13 years. This new practice guideline appears on the Annals of Internal Medicine Web site at ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Study Indicates Smallpox Vaccination Effective for Decades
    Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, there is concern that bioterrorists might obtain smallpox from a laboratory and release it into the population. Under such circumstances, the supply of smallpox vaccine may be insufficient for universal ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Parents of New Babies Should be Considered for Whooping Cough Booster
    A booster vaccination for parents of new babies and other household members may be the most effective way of preventing the fatal form of whooping cough in young infants, say a group of pediatric intensive care doctors on www.bmj.com today.Whooping cough (pertussis) is a ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • A Novel Target for Therapeutics Against Staph Infection
    Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the University of Edinburgh have uncovered how a bacterial pathogen interacts with the blood coagulation protein fibrinogen to cause methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Childhood Vaccines Cause Financial Burden to Many Healthcare Providers
    The costs that healthcare providers are charged and reimbursed for childhood vaccines vary widely, and the high cost of some immunizations is leading to significant financial strain for some physicians, according to a pair of new studies from the University of Michigan ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Let’s Be Thankful for Microbes
    This Thanksgiving it might be fitting to include microbes on our list of things for which you are thankful... well, at least the normal flora bacteria and probiotics?So, stop thinking about pathogens for a minute today and help me make that list. The obvious ones would be ...More
    November 26, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • 2008 Was the Year of MRSA Headlines
    It’s been a lively year for infection prevention issues and news, hasn’t it? As my final editor’s letter for 2008, I thought I’d take a look at what made news this year. It’s no surprise that MRSA continued to make the headlines, as did a ...More
    November 25, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Researchers Recreate SARS Virus
    Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and VanderbiltUniversityMedicalCenter have synthetically reconstructed the bat variant of the SARS coronavirus (CoV) that caused the SARS epidemic of 2003. The scientists say designing and synthesizing the virus ...More
    November 25, 2008 Posted in News
  • Feed a Cold, Feed a Fever: Research Shows Calorie Cut Makes it Harder to Fight Flu
    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Dieters or those who consume fewer calories during flu season could have a harder time fighting off the flu virus, according to research by Michigan State University nutritional immunology professor Elizabeth Gardner.In a study published in the ...More
    November 25, 2008 Posted in News