• Standard Precautions: The Cornerstone of Effective Care
    Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major health concern, despite being largely preventable. Standard precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, ...More
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  • New Guidance on Contact Precautions for Hospital Visitors
    Leading infectious diseases experts have released new guidance for healthcare facilities looking to establish precautions for visitors of patients with infectious diseases. The guidance looks to reduce the potential for healthcare visitors in spreading dangerous bacteria ...More
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  • Llama Antibodies Could Hold Key to Robust Marburg and Ebola Virus Diagnostics
    Rapidly diagnosing infectious disease is critical to limiting its spread and containing an outbreak; as the world has witnessed over the past year with the spread of Ebolavirus disease. Scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio are receiving funding ...More
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  • NIH Funds Nine Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Projects
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $11 million in first-year funding for nine research projects supporting enhanced diagnostics to rapidly detect antimicrobial-resistant ...More
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  • 12 Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
    Between March 24 and March 31, 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including two deaths. Details of the ...More
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  • Combined Sewer Systems Lead to Risk of Illness After Heavy Rains
    Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Combined" sewer systems collect both sewage ...More
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  • A Blind Spot in Hospital Safety: Surgeon Credentialing for New Procedures and Technologies
    For all the attention hospitals have paid to patient safety in the last decade, a big blind spot is making them – and their patients – vulnerable to harm, according to a new Viewpoint piece in JAMA by members of the University of Michigan Institute for ...More
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  • Researchers Create Tool to Predict Avian Flu Outbreaks
    A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers. U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a small blood sample and ...More
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  • New Ebola Study Points to Potential Drug Target
    Opening the door to potential treatments for the deadly Ebola virus, scientists have found that a protein made by the virus plays a role similar to that of a coat-check attendant. The protein removes a protective coat from the virus’s genetic material, exposing the ...More
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  • Specific Cells in Female Reproductive Tract Display Susceptibility to HIV Infection
    A Dartmouth study led by Charles Wira, PhD, with first author Marta Rodriguez-Garcia, MD, PhD, found that some portions of the female reproductive tract (FRT) are more likely to be infected by HIV, particularly the ectocervix compared to the endometrium. The paper, ...More
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