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Infection by pathogenic organisms and multidrug-resistant organisms are responsible for causing significant morbidity and mortality in the healthcare setting. Pathogens are transmitted via fomites and reservoirs, including the hands of healthcare workers, medical equipment and devices and other animate and inanimate objects that play a role in cross-contamination.

  • Manipulating the Way Bacteria Communicate Could Have Practical Applications
    By manipulating the way bacteria "talk" to each other, researchers at Texas A&M University have achieved an unprecedented degree of control over the formation and dispersal of biofilms – a finding with potentially significant health and industrial applications, ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Promiscuity of Resistance Plasmid is Unprecedented
    Genetic analysis of an outbreak of drug-resistant infections in one institution shows an unprecedented level of transference of resistance among strains and even species of bacteria. Researchers from the University of Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • The Private Nuclear Rooms of Herpesviruses
    Researchers from Princeton University have discovered why, despite being bombarded by many different herpesviruses, infected cells produce only a limited number of those viruses. They report their findings in the current issue of the online journal mBio. Herpes viruses are ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Unique E. coli Protein May Be Not After All
    A bacterial protein recently thought to be a unique mechanism for utilizing iron may not be after all. Researchers from the University of Georgia, the Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Utah School of Medicine report ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Existence of Brucellosis in Ancient Skeletal Remains
    Two teams of Michigan State University researchers – one working at a medieval burial site in Albania, the other at a DNA lab in East Lansing – have shown how modern science can unlock the mysteries of the past. The scientists are the first to confirm the existence of ...More
    January 3, 2012 Posted in News
  • Report Predicts Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Infections Market to Decline
    A new report from GBI Reserch available from, "Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Infections Market to 2017," predicts that this market will decline at a negative CAGR of 3.4 percent in the forecast period of 2010 to 2017. The global hospital-acquired bacterial ...More
    January 3, 2012 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • FDA, CDC Issue Update on Investigation of Cronobacter Bacteria Illness in Infants
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments continue to investigate four recent cases of Cronobacter infection in infants in four states: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The agenies say ...More
    January 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA Expands Use of Prevnar 13 Vaccine for People Ages 50 and Older
    Prevnar 13, a pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people ages 50 years and older to prevent pneumonia and invasive disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal pneumonia, caused when ...More
    January 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Evaluate Timeliness of Contact Tracing Among Flight Passengers for H1N1 Influenza
    During the initial containment phase of influenza A/H1N1 2009, close contacts of cases were traced to provide antiviral prophylaxis within 48 hours after exposure and to alert them on signs of disease for early diagnosis and treatment. Passengers seated on the same row, two ...More
    January 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C Virus Hijacks Liver MicroRNA
    Viral diseases are still one of the biggest challenges to medical science. Thanks to thousands of years of co-evolution with humans, their ability to harness the biology of their human hosts to survive and thrive makes them very difficult to target with medical treatment. ...More
    January 2, 2012 Posted in News