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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.

  • 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
  • Diagnosing Ear Infections Using a Smartphone
    Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have developed a method that simplifies the diagnosis of ear infections (otitis media), something which annually affects half a billion children worldwide. The software-based method automatically analyses images from a digital ...More
    March 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • Breastfeeding, Vaccinations Help Reduce Ear Infection Rates in Babies
    In what would be considered good news for many parents a new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston finds the rates of ear infections during a baby's first year have declined; the investigators suggested that higher rates of breastfeeding, use of ...More
    March 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • Evolving Insights Into Cystic Fibrosis Lung Infections
    Recent research progress into how bacteria adapt and evolve during chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients could lead to better treatment strategies being developed, according to a new review by the University of Liverpool. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a ...More
    March 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Steroid Injections Too Soon Before Joint Replacement May Increase Infection Risk
    Injections received in the months prior to total knee (TKR) or total hip replacement (THR) surgery may increase the risk for infection and related complications, according to two studies--among the largest conducted on this topic--presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the ...More
    March 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Develop Infection-Fighting Bandages for Serious Burns
    Serious burn victims are immunocompromised and may be missing skin on parts of their body, and this makes them highly vulnerable to bacteria. Thanks to progress in intensive care, they are decreasingly likely to die from burn trauma. Death is more commonly the result of ...More
    February 25, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researcher Tests New Method for Rapid Detection of Infection in Wounds
    A new method for detection of infection in wounds could take physicians less than a minute to complete, rather than the current 24 hours it takes to plate bacteria and leave it to incubate overnight, according to research by the George Washington University's (GW) Victoria ...More
    February 5, 2016 Posted in News