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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.

  • Statin Drugs Reduce Infection Risk in Stroke Patients
    A Washington State University researcher has found that statin drugs can dramatically lower the risk of infections in stroke patients. Doug Weeks, an adjunct professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and director of research at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, ...More
    June 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • How to Diagnose Systemic Infections Much More Quickly and Reliably
    To date, there are no methods that can quickly and accurately detect pathogens in blood to allow the diagnosis of systemic bloodstream infections that can lead to life-threatening sepsis. The standard of care for detecting such blood-borne infections is blood culture, but ...More
    June 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Expert Explores the Link Between Infection and Alzheimer's
    A growing body of research on Alzheimer’s disease suggests an infectious trigger for the development of the disease. According to Brian Balin, PhD, professor of pathology and chair of bio-medical sciences at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, this could be ...More
    June 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Minimal Risk for Serious Infection With in-Bone Prosthesis
    A new study in today's issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found minimal risk for severe infection with osseointegrated implants--a newer prosthetic system, press-fitted directly into the femur bone--that enables bone growth over a metal, robotic prosthetic limb ...More
    June 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Genes That Increase Children's Risk of Blood Infection are Identified
    A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make certain children more susceptible to invasive bacterial infections by performing a large genome-wide association study in African children. Bacteremia, bacterial infection of the bloodstream, is a major cause of ...More
    May 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Babies Fed Directly From Breast May Be at Less Risk for Ear Infections
    Feeding at the breast may be healthier than feeding pumped milk from a bottle for reducing the risk of ear infection, and feeding breast milk compared with formula may reduce the risk of diarrhea, according to a recent study by researchers at the Research Institute at ...More
    May 24, 2016 Posted in News
  • Infections Can Increase Diabetes Risk in Children
    Viral respiratory infections during the first six months of life are associated with an increased risk for type 1 diabetes. This is the conclusion reached by a team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München during a study published in the current issue of JAMA. ...More
    May 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Adjuvant Protects Against Post-Burn Infection
    Research findings published in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggests that the use of a FDA-approved drug may serve a dual purpose by protecting people who are at high risk of infection, including those with severe burns, cancer, and other ...More
    April 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Infections of the Heart With Common Viruses
    A review article has been published in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design which provides an overview of the recent literature discussing the different clinical forms of heart disease resulting from virus infections including the prognosis, and current therapies. Many ...More
    March 31, 2016 Posted in News