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  • When Man and Beast Trade Infections
    Back when newspapers were in their heyday, there was an old saying that it’s news only when "man bites dog" instead of "dog bites man." Well, in the case of a zookeeper and an elephant calf at the San Diego Zoo, we have man actually giving a drug-resistant infection ...More
    March 6, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Mercy Hospital Acquires Germicidal Technology to Battle Drug-Resistant Pathogens
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Scanning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site can be an alarming experience for a patient awaiting surgery. The CDC concedes that more than 2 million patients will acquire a hospital infection this year, and that as many as ...More
    March 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Clinical Trial Finds Microbicide Promising as HIV Prevention Method for Women
    A clinical trial involving more than 3,000 women in the U.S. and southern Africa demonstrates for the first time the promise of a vaginal microbicide gel for preventing HIV infection in women. According to findings presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and ...More
    March 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Drug Blocks Two Deadliest Emerging Viruses
    Two highly lethal viruses that have emerged in recent outbreaks are susceptible to chloroquine, an established drug used to prevent and treat malaria, according to a new basic science study by researchers at WeillCornellMedicalCollege in the Journal of Virology.The two ...More
    March 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Baxter Presents Webinar on Central Line-Related Bloodstream Infections
    Baxter Healthcare Corporation announces it will present the Webinar, “CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN): What Are We Learning?” on Tuesday, March 17 at 12 p.m. ET and on Thursday, March 19 at 2 p.m. ET. On-demand Webinar viewing will begin on ...More
    March 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Molecule Provides Clues About How Infection with Human Papillomavirus May Lead to Cancer
    New research shows for the first time that certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which cause cervical and some other types of cancer, can inhibit the production of a tiny single-stranded RNA called microRNA 34a, or miR-34a. Because previous research had demonstrated ...More
    March 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Encourages Hospital Visitors to Adopt Good Hygiene Habits
    Visitors to a healthcare facility play an important role in guarding patient safety. To commemorate Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) offers simple tips to be a good visitor:1. Sanitize ...More
    March 4, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Antibody Key to Treating Variant CJD
    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have determined the atomic structure of the 'binding' between a brain protein and an antibody that could be key to treating patients with diseases such as variant CJD.Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is part of a family of ...More
    March 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Increased Foot-Related MRSA Infections Seen by Physicians
    More Americans are developing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections from common, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete’s foot and ingrown toenails, according to information presented today at the 67th annual ...More
    March 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Breakthrough Could Lead to Stronger Vaccine
    A breakthrough strategy to improve the effectiveness of the only tuberculosis vaccine approved for humans provided superior protection against the deadly disease in a pre-clinical test, report scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Nature ...More
    March 3, 2009 Posted in News