• New CDC Chief Announced
    ATLANTA - Dr. Julie Geberding, an anthrax expert, has been named as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Geberding, 46, is an infectious-disease specialist who has made her mark within the scientific community. She was adamant about ...More
    July 5, 2002 Posted in News
  • Tucson Officials Give Antibiotics After Meningitis Death
    TUCSON, Ariz. - A 20-year-old woman has died from meningococcal meningitis, sending health officials hurriedly to prescribe antibiotics to more than 50 of her friends and family members. There was no information on how the woman may have become infected with the lethal ...More
    July 5, 2002 Posted in News
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
    Breaking the Chain of InfectionBy Kelly M. PyrekOne of the basic infection control principles is the chain of infection. Transmission of infection in a hospital requires at least three elements: a source of infecting microorganisms, a susceptible host and a means of ...More
  • Bacteria Fights Bacteria to Prevent Cavities
    NEW YORK - It is a case of the good, the bad and the ugly-- or more specifically -- good bateria fighting bad bacteria to prevent cavities. In new research from the Karolinska Institute in Huddigne Sweden, scientists gave laboratory rats doses of "good" bacteria ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: First Line of Defense
    First Line of Defense: Cleaning Patient Rooms By Kathryn Dix In the hubbub of modern medical technology, it's easy to forget the basics. Sometimes we need a reminder not to ignore the first line of defense -- cleaning the patient's personal space. A telephone can carry up ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Cave Paintings Fading From Bacterial Growth
    MADRID - Spanish researchers are trying to determine how to deal with an infestation of bacteria that is slowly eating the color out of one of the nation's most prized tourist sites - the Caves of Altamira. The cave paintings of bison were discovered in 1868 in the northern ...More
    June 26, 2002 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 06/2002: Who wants to be a Microbiologist?
    Who wants to be a Microbiologist? Comical Clues to Cleaning and Disinfecting By Kelli M. Donley He sits across from you in the gray suit, with the perfectly matching gray tie. While he berates you with questions, the only thing you can concentrate on is your increased heart ...More
    June 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Nooks and Crannies:
    Nooks and Crannies: The Breeding Grounds for Bacteria By Kelly M. Pyrek Infection Control Professionals Urge Manufacturers to Redesign Medical Devices With IC Practices in Mind Although crude in a clinical sense, from an antiquities point of view early surgical instruments ...More
    June 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Probiotics Ease Childhood Diarrhea
    HVIDOVRE, Denmark - A new study shows "good bacteria" may help children recover from bouts of diarrhea. Researchers at the University Clinic of Pediatrics in Denmark gave children with diarrhea a supplement containing two different strains of lactobacillus.The bacteria, ...More
    May 30, 2002 Posted in News
  • Good Dental Care May Prevent Some Pneumonia
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new study suggests healthcare workers in nursing homes should help residents brush their teeth to prevent pneumonia. Researchers at the University of Michigan report that aspiration pneumonia, caused when a person inhales small pieces of food and plaque ...More
    May 13, 2002 Posted in News