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  • Fractional Dose of Scarce Meningitis Vaccine May Be Effective in Outbreak Control
    One-fifth of the standard dose of a commonly used meningitis vaccine may be as effective as using the full dose. This new finding should allow scarce vaccine resources to be stretched further, especially during epidemics in Africa. In a study initiated by the Norwegian ...More
    December 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Guide to the Elimination of C. difficile: A Great Resource for Everyone
    I received my copy of the new "Guide to the Elimination of Clostridium difficile in Healthcare Settings" last week. The Guide was developed and published by APIC and funded by the Clorox Company in response to a recent study conducted by APIC that found the incidence of C. ...More
    December 5, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • 500-Plus Deaths Annually Associated with Children's Cough and Cold Medicine
    Research published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal, Pediatrics, reveals that there is an estimated 500 pediatric deaths a year associated with children's cold and cough medicine."Up until this new research, officials assumed that there were only three ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • STERIS Corp. Welcomes Richard Schule as New Clinical Education Director
    Since its inception, STERIS Corporation has held the belief that providing expert education to healthcare professionals assures the optimal use of new technology and contributes to achieving best healthcare practices for patients. This core strategy will continue to evolve ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • "Zinc Zipper" Plays Key Role in HAIs
    Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) that are resistant to traditional antibiotic treatment have become increasingly common in recent years, confounding healthcare professionals and killing thousands of Americans. Now, in studies that could lead to new ways to prevent this ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Film Inner Workings of the Immune System
    Forget what's No. 1 at the box office this week. The most exciting new film features the intricate workings of the body, filmed by scientists using ground-breaking technology. For the first time in Australia, scientists at Sydney's Centenary Institute have filmed an immune ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Blood Tests Can Help Detect Presence of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
    With less than half of patients with necrotizing soft tissue infections displaying the physical signs of these very serious infections, researchers have found two simple blood tests can help physicians diagnose what is commonly known as "flesh-eating bacteria," according to ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • The Power to Fight MRSA is in Your Hands
    According to preliminary results from a hand hygiene campaign in UK hospitals, these facilities are using three times the amount of soap and hand antiseptic they used in 2004. The findings were presented at a conference today by researchers at the University College London. ...More
    December 3, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Hospital Scrubs are a Dangerous Fashion Statement
    The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) announces it is calling on all hospitals in the U.S. to provide clean uniforms or scrubs for their personnel and to bar medical workers from wearing uniforms outside of hospital buildings.   “You see them ...More
    December 3, 2008 Posted in News
  • Interferon Needed for Cells to “Remember” How to Defeat a Virus
    Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have determined that the immune-system protein interferon plays a key role in “teaching” the immune system how to fight off repeated infections of the same virus.The findings, available online and in the Dec. 15 issue ...More
    December 3, 2008 Posted in News