Infections

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.


  • 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
  • Human Trial to Examine Effectiveness of Topical Gel in Treating Post-Surgical Orthopedic Infections
    A team of researchers led by Samir Mehta, MD, chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Service at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $2.5 million grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), ...More
    October 3, 2012 Posted in News
  • iPhone Attachment Designed for At-Home Diagnoses of Ear Infections
    A new pediatric medical device being developed by Georgia Tech and Emory University could make life easier for every parent who has rushed to the doctor with a child screaming from an ear infection. Soon, parents may be able to skip the doctor’s visit and receive a ...More
    September 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • Outbreak Highlights Tainted Tattoo Ink as a Source of Infection
    If you end up with a rash on a new tattoo, you should probably think twice before brushing it off as an allergic reaction or a normal part of the healing process. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine documents 19 cases in the Rochester, N.Y. area – the ...More
    September 6, 2012 Posted in News