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  • Superbug Complicates Treatment of Infections in Cystic Fibrosis
    The unexpected behavior of a family of "superbugs" called the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) could have implications for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. CF patients produce large quantities of sticky mucus in their lungs that is difficult to expel and is ...More
    March 17, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Investigating the Link Between Flu and Pneumonia
    A joint venture from researchers from the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, and the Karolinska institute in Sweden have taken an in-depth look at the connection between flu infection and pneumonia. ...More
    March 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Goodbye Needle, Hello Smoothie for Disease Protection
    Instead of a dreaded injection with a needle, someday getting vaccinated against disease may be as pleasant as drinking a yogurt smoothie. A researcher from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has developed a new oral vaccine using probiotics, the ...More
    March 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Wet Combing More Accurate Than Visual Inspection for Identifying Active Head Lice Infestation
    Combing through a child’s wet hair may lead to more accurate identification of active head lice infestation than visual inspection, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Dermatology. However, visual inspection may yield a more precise assessment of ...More
    March 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flies May Spread Drug-Resistant Bacteria from Poultry Operations
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found evidence that houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may contribute to the dispersion of drug-resistant bacteria and thus increase the potential for human exposure to drug-resistant ...More
    March 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Shed New Light on Rhinovirus Genome
    A BYU research team published a study on the genome of the rhinovirus, which causes about half of common colds.  A new study by BrighamYoungUniversity researchers on the virus behind nearly half of all cold infections explains how and where evolution occurs in the ...More
    March 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Novel Antibiotics That Don't Trigger Resistance
    Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of medicine's most vexing challenges. In a study described in Nature Chemical Biology, researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University are developing a new generation of antibiotic compounds that do not ...More
    March 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cell Phones are Germ-Mobiles
    There are now two good reasons to scrutinize cell phones within the healthcare environment. A new study from Dutch researchers suggests that cell phones be kept a minimum of 1 meter in distance from hospital beds and electronic medical equipment. The research, published in ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Bioburden-Related Incident Data
    David in New York asks, “Is there an established national average for the percentage of cases cleaned and processed by a central sterile department and how many bioburden-related incidents there are resulting from those cases being returned to the operating room? And ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Wearin’ of the Green
    “Green” is becoming an increasingly popular word in our vocabulary. There is a lot of talk about “going green.” This is generally a positive connotation, where each of us assumes responsibility for our carbon footprint and attempts to protect the ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs