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Significant morbidity and mortality is caused by healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), including surgical site infections (SSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other healthcare-related infections and conditions caused by drug-resistant pathogens that jeopardize patient safety.

  • Rainfall, Brain Infection Linked in Sub-Saharan Africa
    The amount of rainfall affects the number of infant infections leading to hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to a team of researchers who are the first to demonstrate that these brain infections are linked to climate. Hydrocephalus -- literally "water on the brain" -- is ...More
    January 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • New IDSA Guidelines Aim to Reduce Death, Disability and Cost of Prosthetic Joint Infections
    Of the 1 million people each year who get hips and knees replaced, as many as 20,000 will get an infection in the new joint, a number that is expected to skyrocket in the next 20 years. Multispecialty physician teams need to work together to reduce disability, death and ...More
    December 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • Research Shows Iron's Importance in Infection, Suggests New Therapies
    A Kansas State University research team has resolved a 40-year-old debate on the role of iron acquisition in bacterial invasion of animal tissues. The collaborative research -- led by Phillip Klebba, professor and head of the department of biochemistry -- clarifies how ...More
    December 3, 2012 Posted in News
  • Adapting Fish Defenses to Block Human Infections
    Living in an environment teaming with bacteria and fungi, fish have evolved powerful defenses against waterborne pathogens, including antimicrobial peptides located in their gills. Undergraduate researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are studying the biology ...More
    November 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Propose Guidelines for Ultrasound Gel and Infections to Reduce Risk
    In the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, guidelines have been proposed by epidemiologists from Beaumont Health System to reduce the risk of infection from contaminated gels. The recommendations are based on the authors’ own experiences with an ...More
    November 13, 2012 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • How Infection Can Trigger Autoimmune Disease
    Australian scientists have confirmed a 'weak link' in the immune system – identifying the exact conditions under which an infection can trigger an autoantibody response, a process not clearly understood until now. We have known for many years that autoimmune diseases such ...More
    November 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Suggests New Way to Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections
    Eliminating bacteria’s DNA and boosting antimicrobial proteins that already exist may help prevent middle ear infections from reoccurring. These are the findings from a Nationwide Children’s Hospital study that examined how an immune defense protein common in the middle ear ...More
    October 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Protect Cancer Patients From Infections
    October marks the one-year anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients Program. To date, more than 75,000 copies of the CDC's educational resources have been accessed or distributed to help both providers ...More
    October 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • Sharp Rise in Children Admitted to Hospital with Throat Infections
    The number of children admitted to the hospital in England for acute throat infections increased by 76 percent between 1999 and 2010, according to new research published in Archives of Disease in Childhood. Acute throat infection (ATI), which includes acute tonsillitis and ...More
    October 22, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify How Mosquito Immune System Attacks Specific Infections
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have determined a new mechanism by which the mosquitoes’ immune system can respond with specificity to infections with various pathogens, including the parasite that causes malaria in humans, using one ...More
    October 18, 2012 Posted in News