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  • Smoking May Be a Risk Factor for Tuberculosis
    Smoking appears to increase the risk of becoming infected with tuberculosis and the risk for the development of active disease upon infection, according to an analysis of previously published research in the February 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. About ...More
    February 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • Manual Dishwashing Study Digs Up Dirt on Dish Cleanliness
    By Dave Mosher New research at Ohio State University answers an infectious question about eating at restaurants: How clean are manually washed dishes? Researchers Jaesung Lee and Melvin Pascall found that even when they washed dishes in cooler-than-recommended water, ...More
    February 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • Check Out the New Toolkit on Public Reporting of HAIs
    I encourage you to take a look at the new toolkit, “Essentials of Public Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections,” that has been prepared by the Healthcare-Associated Infection Working Group of the Joint Public Policy Committee, comprised of members of the Society for ...More
    February 22, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • AORN Announces New Executive Director/CEO
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) announces that Linda K. Groah, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNAA, FAAN, has been selected as the new executive director/CEO for the association. “We are thrilled to have Linda join our team. She is an exceptional leader with the ...More
    February 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Mathematical Model Predicts Cholera Outbreaks
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A mathematical model of disease cycles developed at the University of Michigan shows promise for predicting cholera outbreaks. Speaking in a symposium, "New Vistas in the Mathematics of Ecology and Evolution," at the annual meeting of the American ...More
    February 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Scientists, Public Health Leaders Call for Coordination in HIV Prevention Research
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- HIV prevention research was responsible for the recent revelation that male circumcision can play an important role in protecting men from infection with the deadly virus, but according to a new study funded by an independent coalition of public and ...More
    February 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • 2,000 Influenza Virus Genomes Now Completed and Publicly Accessible
    The Influenza Genome Sequencing Project, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), announces that the entire genetic blueprints of more than 2,000 human and avian influenza viruses taken from samples around the world have been completed ...More
    February 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • WHO Reports Some Promising Results on Avian Influenza Vaccines
    GENEVA -- Experts meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) on advances in pandemic influenza vaccine development have reported encouraging progress. Sixteen manufacturers from 10 countries are developing prototype pandemic influenza vaccines against H5N1 avian ...More
    February 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Urges Increased Influenza Vaccination Rates for Persons with Diabetes
    BETHESDA, Md. -- The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is calling for the medical and public health community to increase alarmingly low influenza vaccination rates among persons with diabetes -- the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. Influenza is a ...More
    February 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • SHEA and APIC Take a Stand on Active Surveillance Cultures
    You may have heard by now that two states have introduced legislation that targets the control of resistant pathogens through the use of active surveillance cultures to screen hospitalized patients. To help address this complex issue, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology ...More
    February 21, 2007 Posted in Blogs