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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.

  • Improper Care of Contact Lenses Can Cause Serious Eye Infections
    Nearly 1 in 5 contact lens-related eye infections reported to a federal database involved a patient who experienced eye damage, according to a report published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The infections, submitted to the Food and Drug ...More
    August 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • Time of Day Influences Our Susceptibility to Infection, Study Finds
    We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in the Proceedings of the National ...More
    August 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Increased Risk of Suicide Death Associated with Hospitalization for Infection
    Being hospitalized with infection was associated with an increased risk of suicide death and the highest risk of suicide was among those individuals with hepatitis and HIV or AIDS, according to a study published online by JAMA Psychiatry. While psychological predictors of ...More
    August 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • Protein in Breast Milk Reduces Infection Risk in Premature Infants
    Full-term babies receive natural protection from their mothers that helps them fight off dangerous infections. However, babies born prematurely lack protective intestinal bacteria and often are unable to be nursed, causing their infection-fighting capabilities to be ...More
    July 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • Nasal Irrigation May Prevent Chronic Sinus Ailments but Steam Inhalation Not Effective
    Advising patients with chronic sinus congestion to use nasal irrigation -- a popular nonpharmacologic treatment -- improved their symptoms, but steam inhalation did not, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). ...More
    July 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • How Tumor Necrosis Factor Protects Against Infection
    Tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a messenger substance in the immune system, plays an important role in triggering chronic inflammatory diseases. For this reason, TNF inhibitors are a standard form of treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and certain inflammatory ...More
    July 11, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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