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  • Zinc Reduces the Burden of the Common Cold
    Zinc supplements reduce the severity and duration of illness caused by the common cold, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The findings could help reduce the amount of time lost from work and school due to colds. The common cold places a ...More
    February 16, 2011 Posted in News
  • IDSA Applauds President's FY 2012 Budget on Infectious Diseases Programs
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) says it applauds President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget, which makes needed strategic investments to strengthen key U.S. public health and research initiatives. The IDA released the following statement: "The ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Religious Beliefs Might Influence Vaccination Rates
    The Netherlands has experienced epidemics of vaccine preventable diseases largely confined to the Bible belt, an area where -among others- orthodox protestant groups are living. Lacking information on the vaccination coverage in this minority, and its various subgroups, ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Multi-Tasking Protein Provides New Approaches for Anti-Tuberculosis Drugs
    In a paper published online today in PNAS, scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg, Germany, reveal new insights into the workings of enzymes from a group of bacteria including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Using CHG Baths to Reduce HAIs
    A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found a reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) when using two percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) cloths for daily bathing instead of soap and water. The study found a 64 percent decrease in the risk of acquiring an ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • FDA Issues Warning About Powdered Gloves
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Recommended Warning for Surgeon’s Gloves and Patient Examination Gloves that Use Powder. This draft guidance recommends use of a warning statement on labels for powdered medical gloves, specifically surgeon’s gloves (21 ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • H1N1 Flu Confirmed in Wisconsin Cat
    Laboratory tests today confirmed that a 6-year-old cat in Wisconsin contracted the H1N1 influenza virus, the first confirmed case of H1N1 in a U.S. pet since January 2010. A second cat in the household tested negative after it also developed severe respiratory disease, ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Loyola Physicians Warn February is Peak Month for Flu Cases
    If you thought the regular seasonal flu has been late making its annual appearance, you might be surprised to learn that based on recent history, it’s right on time. February is again proving to be the peak time for cases of influenza in Illinois and across the nation. ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Hospitals Revive Budgets and Shift Purchasing Priorities
    Hospital executives are planning for budget increases during the next five years and are prioritizing strategic initiatives that had previously been on hold due to economic constraints. Healthcare insurance reform is also causing hospital management to reevaluate how they ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Parents Continue to Give Cough and Cold Meds to Young Kids Despite FDA Warnings
    Research has linked over-the-counter cough and cold products to poisoning or death in hundreds of children, ages 2 and younger. Studies have also shown that these medicines do little to control symptoms. As a result, in 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in News