• Vitamin D May Help to Prevent and Treat Tuberculosis
    A new study finds that lower blood levels of vitamin D are related to an increased risk of tuberculosis (TB), suggesting that vitamin D supplementation may help prevent and treat TB. While previous research has shown a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and TB, this ...More
    January 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Study Links Genetics to Herpes Susceptibility
    A new study published in the February 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, shows new evidentiary support that a link exists between genetics and susceptibility to the herpes simplex virus. The study, now available online, has implications for the discovery of ...More
    January 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Anthrax Cellular Entry Point Uncovered
    The long-sought-after biological “gateway” that anthrax uses to enter healthy cells has been uncovered by microbiologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Anthrax spores enter the cell through something called Mac-1, a receptor that sits on the surface of ...More
    January 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Experts Urge Integration of Adult Vaccines into Routine Care to Save Lives, Reduce Needless Illness
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paint a disappointing picture of adult immunization against serious infectious diseases in the United States. In addition, a new consumer survey shows the vast majority of adult ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves New HIV Drug After Priority Review
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved etravirine tablets for the treatment of HIV infection in adults who have failed treatment with other antiretrovirals. Etravirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) that helps to block an enzyme ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Handwashing Promotion Can Save Lives in Developing Countries
    Promoting the simple act of handwashing can save lives in many developing countries, according to a new systematic review of studies. The review, led by Regina Ejemot of the University of Caliber, in Nigeria, shows that teaching people about handwashing can reduce the ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Few Strategies Exist to Prevent MRSA Spread in Nursing Homes
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is making news as a dangerous, sometimes fatal disease for hospital patients, and in recent cases, students. MRSA is also a major source of illness acquired in nursing homes, yet few studies have looked at how to prevent ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Cranberries Might Help Prevent Urinary Infections in Women
    Evidence supports drinking cranberry juice — a familiar home remedy — to treat urinary tract infection (UTI), according to a new review from Scotland. “UTIs can be distressing, and people often take a self-care approach rather than seeking professional advice,” said Ruth ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Expert Joins IMS
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Integrated Medical Systems International (IMS) announces the addition of Nyla F. “Skee” Japp, RN, PhD, ACSP, CSPDM, as the national director of its Central Sterile Process Management program. Japp will serve as the lead expert on central sterile clinical ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • ICPs Share Infection Prevention Ideas and Strategies at 2nd Annual ICT Conference on Professional Development
    SAN DIEGO – Infection prevention and control nurses, managers, and directors participated in three days of seminars, networking events and exhibits at the second annual ICT Conference on Professional Development, held at the Bahia Resort Hotel on MissionBay in San Diego ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News