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  • Cruising for a Norovirus Infection?
    A team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Carney Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance and Tufts University School of Medicine, have found that widespread poor compliance with regular cleaning of public restrooms on cruise ships may predict ...More
    November 3, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Researchers Turn to Unique Resource for Clues to Norovirus Evolution
    A search through decades-old frozen infant stool samples has yielded rich dividends for scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The team customized a laboratory technique to screen ...More
    October 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Taking Sharper Aim at Stomach Ulcer Bacteria
    Scientists are reporting discovery of a much sought after crack in the armor of a common microbe that infects the stomachs of one-sixth of the world’s population, causing stomach ulcers and other diseases. They identified a group of substances that block a key ...More
    September 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • As H1N1 Looms, Study Shows Students Aren’t Protecting Themselves
    As public health experts warn of potential widespread outbreaks of H1N1 flu this school year, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that students do not comply with basic preventative measures as much as they think do. In other words, the kids aren’t ...More
    September 10, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Infections May Lead to Faster Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease
    Getting a cold, stomach bug or other infection may lead to increased memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the Sept. 8, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found ...More
    September 8, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Norovirus, Salmonella Were Leading Causes of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in 2006
    Norovirus and Salmonella were the leading causes of foodborne disease outbreaks in 2006, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, based on investigations of foodborne disease outbreaks provides the most ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Drugs Against Noroviruses One Step Closer
    The virus that causes winter vomiting disease invades cells by attaching to particular sugar molecules on the surface of the cells. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the SahlgrenskaAcademy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. This result may be an ...More
    June 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Germs Succumb to Broccoli Sprouts
    A small pilot study of 50 people in Japan suggests that eating two and a half ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for two months may confer some protection against a rampant stomach bug that causes gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer. Citing their new "demonstration of ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • “Gross” Messaging Increases Handwashing
    DENVER – Research conducted by University of Denver (DU) associate professor Renée Botta suggests that it takes "gross" messaging to get undergraduate students to wash their hands more frequently after going to the bathroom.In the fall quarter of 2007, ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • New Ethanol-Based Hand Sanitizer May Minimize Viral Transmission, Including Norovirus
    A newly developed ethanol-based hand sanitizer may significantly impact public health by minimizing the transmission of multiple viruses, including norovirus, from food handlers and healthcare providers. The researchers from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and ...More
    August 26, 2008 Posted in News