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  • UK Announces New Infection Control Strategy
    I came across an interesting press release issued by the UK’s Department of Health that announces a new commitment to fighting HAIs by investing more money, resources, and personnel into their hospitals’ infection prevention programs. Here’s the release in its entirety: ...More
    January 9, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • NIAID Experts See Dengue as Potential Threat to U.S. Public Health
    A disease most Americans have never heard of could soon become more prevalent if dengue, a flu-like illness that can turn deadly, continues to expand into temperate climates and increase in severity, according to a new commentary by Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the ...More
    January 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • Annual Fit-Testing of Respirators is Now Enforceable
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is reporting that on Dec. 26 President George Bush signed into law House Resolution 2764, the Fiscal Year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act. This action completes the annual appropriations ...More
    January 8, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Newer Meningitis Vaccine Appears Safe and Effective for Infants
    A vaccine not yet licensed in the United States produces immunity against four strains of meningococcal disease and is well tolerated when administered to infants, according to a study in the January 9 issue of JAMA. It is estimated that 1,400 to 2,800 cases of invasive ...More
    January 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Seek to Make Cavity-Causing Bacteria Self-Destruct
    Bacteria that eat sugar and release cavity-causing acid onto teeth may soon be made dramatically more vulnerable to their own acid. Researchers have identified key genes and proteins that, if interfered with, can take away the ability of a key bacterial species to thrive as ...More
    January 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Aggressive TB Control Can Yield Big Economic Gains, Says New Study
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new World Bank research report finds that 22 countries with the world’s highest numbers of tuberculosis (TB) cases could earn significantly more than they spend on TB diagnosis and treatment if they signed onto a global plan to sharply reduce the ...More
    January 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Says Home Treatment of Pneumonia is Safe and Effective
    GENEVA -- Treating children with severe pneumonia at home is just as effective as treating them in hospitals, a new study has found. The study results could significantly change the way the illness is managed in developing countries, saving a significant number of lives ...More
    January 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hands and Computer Keyboards: A Match Made in Viral Heaven
    A small report in last week’s MMWR made a big splash in the mainstream media. You couldn’t help but stumble over news reports that norovirus (frequently referred to as stomach flu) can be transmitted from one person to another through contact with shared items such as ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Study of Sugars on Cell Surface Identifies Key Factor in Flu Infection
    Scientists have identified a key factor that determines the ability of influenza viruses to infect cells of the human upper respiratory tract—a necessary step for sustaining spread between people. The research, described in the Jan. 6 online edition of Nature Biotechnology ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • Use of Ear Tubes for Ear Infections Not Consistent with Expert Guidelines
    A new study suggests that children who typically receive an operation to insert ear tubes because of ear infections or fluid in the ear may not need it, according to clinical practice guidelines. The research, conducted by Salomeh Keyhani, MD, MPH, assistant professor in ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in News