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Zika Reached Miami at Least Four Times, Caribbean Travel Likely Responsible

With mosquito season looming in the Northern Hemisphere, doctors and researchers are poised to take on a new round of Zika virus infections. Now, a new study by a large group of international researchers led by scientists at the Scripps Research Instit…

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Ineffective Antibiotics Form Strong Teams Against Deadly Super Bacteria

In the fight against super bacteria, University at Buffalo scientists are relying on strength in numbers to win the battle against drug resistance. A team of researchers found that combinations of three antibiotics – that are each ineffective against s…

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Hand Hygiene: A Guidebook Exploring a Key Foundation of Infection Prevention and Control

Whether it’s soap-and-water handwashing or using an antiseptic hand wash, an alcohol-based handrub (ABHR), or a surgical hand antisepsis product, hand hygiene remains a cornerstone of infection prevention and control practice. Despite indications that …

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Yearlong Survey Tracks the Microbiome of a Newly Opened Hospital

A 12-month study mapping bacterial diversity within a hospital — with a focus on the flow of microbes between patients, staff and surfaces — should help hospitals worldwide better understand how to encourage beneficial microbial interaction…

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Zika Virus Spread Undetected for Many Months, NIH-Supported Study Finds

Genetic analysis of samples collected as the Zika virus (ZIKV) spread throughout the Americas after its introduction in 2013 or 2014 has shown that the virus circulated undetected for up to a year in some regions before it came to the attention of publ…

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TSRI Scientists Find Simple Copper Complex Shuts Down Botulinum Neurotoxin Poisoning

Botulinum neurotoxin is probably best known to Americans as BOTOX, a cosmetic medicine, rather than as a cause of potentially dangerous foodborne illnesses. Lesser known is that Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes the neurointoxication, pr…

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Machine Learning May Help in Early Identification of Severe Sepsis

A machine-learning algorithm has the capability to identify hospitalized patients at risk for severe sepsis and septic shock using data from electronic health records (EHRs), according to a study presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society Internat…

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CDC Offers Update on Cluster of Ebola Cases in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On May 11, 2017, the Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified international public health agencies of a cluster of suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Likati health zone of the province of Bas Ué…

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Scientists Gain Better Understanding of How Ebola Disables Immune Defenses

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston scientists have unlocked mysteries of how the Ebola virus hampers the body’s natural defenses to speed the rate of infection and its accompanying lethal disease, according to a new report in PLOS Pathogen…

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World Health Assembly Elects Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as New WHO Director-General

Today the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new director-general. Ghebreyesus was nominated by the government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on July 1, 2017. Prior to his …

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Molecule May Lead to First Synthetic One-Dose Antimalarial

Researchers at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), working in partnership with the University of Liverpool and other colleagues, have developed a molecule which has the potential to become the first fully synthetic, one-dose treatment for mal…

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A New Strategy to Combat Influenza and Speed Recovery

The influenza virus turns infected lung cells into factories that churn out thousands of copies of the virus to spread the infection. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have reported a promising new approach that uses an investigati…

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Rising Incidence of Tick-Borne Powassan Virus Infection in North America

Cases of human infection with Powassan virus (POWV), which can cause fatal neuroinvasive disease and long-term neurological effects, appear to be increasing in the United States. POWV is transmitted by Ixodes tick species found in North America. A comp…

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Scientists Develop Test to Identify Best Treatment for Gonorrhea

Researchers from UCLA have developed a laboratory test that helps physicians determine which people with gonorrhea may be more treatable with an antibiotic that has not been recommended since 2007 because of concerns that the resistance to the drug was…

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Parents’ Reasons for Not Vaccinating Children Influence Public Attitudes Toward Them

Mothers are viewed negatively if their child hasn’t been vaccinated, no matter the reason. But mothers who outright refuse to vaccinate their children are viewed in a harsher light compared to those who delay vaccines because of safety concerns or who …

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Incarcerated Persons Experience More Outbreak-Associated Foodborne Illnesses

Researchers present the first update on the epidemiology of U.S. foodborne correctional institution outbreaks in 20 years in a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. They analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C…

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Researchers Demonstrate Effectiveness of Metals, Organic Acids in Eradicating Bacteria

Research that combines metals and organic acids as a viable alternative to antibiotics is being conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The findings by a team led by assistant professor Oded Lewinson in the Technion’s Rappaport …

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Use of Chemical Indicators Should Reflect Standards

Q:  I have been using steam tape to place indicator on paper i.e., count sheets, and instrument bags inside of surgical trays before sterilization. I have been doing this for a number of years. My manager informs me that you cannot use steam tape …

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FDA to Develop Accreditation System for Testing Labs

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is reporting that with a new set of Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV) making their way through Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is getting a jump-start on…

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Healthmark’s ACF-001 Helps Eliminate Manual Processing Steps

Healthmark Industries Co., Inc. announces availability of the ACF-001 in its endoscopy product line. The ACF-001 is designed to inject specific volumes of water through channels of flexible endoscopes and other lumened devices when testing with the Cha…

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Antibiotic Therapy for Nearly 1 in 4 Adults with Pneumonia Does Not Work

Approximately 1 in 4 (22.1 percent) adults prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting for community-acquired pneumonia does not respond to treatment, according to a new study presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conferen…

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Johns Hopkins Study Shows Ventilator-Associated Events are Preventable

For some hospital patients, going on a ventilator is often the difference between life and death. About 800,000 hospital patients undergo mechanical ventilation each year in the United States due to a variety of illnesses or conditions, such as a brain…

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Prompt Sepsis Treatment is Less Likely When ERs are Overcrowded

According to a new study, patients with sepsis, a life-threatening complication of an infection, had delays approaching one hour in being given antibiotics when seen in emergency rooms that were overcrowded. The study was presented at the 2017 American…

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Faster is Better in Sepsis Care

Following the widely publicized death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton from undiagnosed sepsis in 2012, New York became the first state to require that hospitals follow a protocol to quickly identify and treat the condition. The mandate led to widespread c…

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Study Shows 54 Percent Drop in CAUTIs Among Nursing Home Residents

Rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) dropped by 54 percent across more than 400 long-term care facilities that participated in a patient safety project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), according…

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Modified Experimental Vaccine Protects Against Malaria in Primate Model

Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, modified an experimental malaria vaccine and showed that it completely protected four of eight monkeys that received it again…

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Certain Fatty Acids Can Neutralize Listeria

Certain fatty acids are not just part of a healthy diet, they can also neutralize the harmful listeria bacterium, a new study shows. This discovery could eventually lead to improved methods to combat dangerous and drug-resistant bacteria. Professor Bir…

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Insects Resist Genetic Methods to Control Disease Spread, Study Finds

Researchers are exploring the use of the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to fight human disease and agricultural blight. But a study from Indiana University has found several challenges to the method’s use in saving lives and crops. The res…

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Human-Induced Deforestation is Causing an Increase in Malaria Cases

Nearly 130 million hectares of forest–an area almost equivalent in size to South Africa–have been lost since 1990, according to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. A new study of 67 less-developed, malaria-…

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Directly Observed Therapy for Multidrug-Resistant TB Decreases Mortality

Directly observed therapy (DOT) for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) was associated with a 77 percent decrease in mortality in the United States, compared to self-administered therapy from 1993 to 2013, according to new research presented at t…

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Predicting Influenza Outbreaks Faster With a Digitally-Empowered Wearable Device

Through integration with a wearable thermometer, the Thermia online health educational tool developed at Boston Children’s Hospital has enabled prediction of seasonal influenza outbreaks in China one month earlier than before, according to a new study …

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Scientists Enlist Engineered Protein to Battle the MERS Virus

In June 2012, a 60-year-old man with flu-like symptoms walked into a private hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Two weeks later, he died from multiple organ failure, becoming the first victim of a mysterious virus that came to be known as Middle East Re…

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Brain Fights West Nile Virus in Unexpected Way

In a turnabout, a biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many other types of cells appears to guard the lives of brain cells during an infection with West Nile virus. UW Medicine scientists led research showing that this chemical pathway doesn’t ha…

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Mosquitoes That Spread Zika Virus Could Simultaneously Transmit Other Viruses

A new study led by Colorado State University researchers found that Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito that carries Zika virus, might also transmit chikungunya and dengue viruses with one bite. The findings shed new light on what’s known as a co-infec…

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Ongoing Transmission of Candida auris in Healthcare Facilities

In June 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a clinical alert about the emerging, and often multidrug-resistant, fungus Candida auris and later reported the first seven U.S. cases of infection through August 2016 (1). Six…

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NIAID-Funded Study Could Lead to Broad, Versatile Treatments for Many Different Ebolaviruses

The fight to contain the 2013-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was hampered by the lack of an effective treatment or vaccine. Researchers funded in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institut…

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Scientists Investigate How the ‘Sense of Smell’ Works in Bacteria

Scientists from MIPT, in collaboration with their colleagues from the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBaS) and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, have proposed a universal mechanism for the…

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Crypto Outbreaks Linked to Swimming Have Doubled Since 2014

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014.

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Research Entities Agree on New Standards for Reporting Clinical Trial Results

Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations today agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly….

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NIH Issues Statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the NIAID, and Carl W. Dieffenbach, PhD, director of the Division of AIDS at NIAID, have issued the following statement:    “Much progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research since the disease was first recogn…

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Study Finds Charlie Sheen’s HIV-Positive Disclosure Corresponded with Record Levels of HIV Testing

On Nov. 17, 2015, actor Charlie Sheen publicly disclosed he was HIV-positive on NBC’s Today Show. How might such celebrity announcements affect public health in the population at large? That’s a question scientists and advocates grappled with in a stud…

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Zinc Effects on Common Cold Duration Illustrate Problems of Routine Statistical Analyses

Two randomized trials that examined the effects of zinc lozenges for the duration of common cold symptoms found that colds were shortened on average by 4.0 days and by 1.77 days. However, the shortest colds in the placebo groups of both studies lasted …

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Researchers Connect Brain Blood Vessel Lesions to Intestinal Bacteria

A study in mice and humans suggests that bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain’s blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy. The research, published in Nature, adds to an…

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Scientists Synthetically Re-create Zika Virus in the Lab

Brisbane researchers have synthetically re-created Zika virus in the laboratory, a breakthrough which will help to understand the virus and the fetal brain defects it causes. The collaborative research was led by University of Queensland School of Chem…

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Scientists Discover Uncommon Superbug Strain in Greater Houston Area

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists used genome sequencing to discover that an otherwise rare strain of a superbug was found in more than one-third of the Houston patients studied. This strain is resistant to many commonly used antibiotics….

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Researchers Take an Important Step Toward an HIV Vaccine

Vaccines are an essential tool for preventing and treating serious infectious diseases such as polio, chicken pox and measles. But so far it has not been possible to develop vaccines capable of contributing to the treatment and prevention of chronic in…

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New Way of Preventing Pneumococcal Brain Invasion

An international team of researchers, led from Karolinska Institutet, has identified two receptors on the cells in the blood vessels of the brain that can be blocked and thereby prevent pneumococci from entering the brain. The study, which is published…

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Researchers Identify Changes in Lung Cells Following Infections

When people develop a respiratory infection, recovery from their illness leaves behind an immunological memory that influences how they will respond to later infections. In a new study, researchers demonstrate for the first time that recovery from bact…

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Warm Weather Increases the Incidence of Serious Surgical Site Infections

Surgical site infections, a common healthcare-associated infection, are seasonal – increasing in the summer and decreasing in the winter–according to new research published online in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Temperatur…

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Study Shows Novel Device Significantly Reduces Blood Draw Contamination

A study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) found that a novel device can significantly reduce contamination of blood cultures, potentially reducing risky overtreatment and unnecessary use of antibiotics for many patients. This approach…

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Researchers Study Enhanced Chlorhexidine Skin Penetration with Eucalyptus Oil Component

Chlorhexidine (CHG) penetrates poorly into skin. The purpose of this study by Casey, et al. (2017) was to compare the depth of CHG skin permeation from solutions containing either 2% (w/v) CHG and 70% (v/v) isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or 2% (w/v) CHG,…

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TB Bacteria Evolve at an Alarming Rate

Researchers from the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (VIGG) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have established a catalog of mutations in 319 virulence genes of mycobacteria that cause tub…

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New Zika Virus Inhibitor Identified

New research led by Alexey Terskikh, PhD, associate professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), and Alex Strongin, PhD, professor at SBP, could be a first step toward a drug to treat Zika infections. Publishing in Antiviral R…

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Lives to Be Saved with New Ebola Management Approach

Ebola outbreaks are set to be managed quickly and efficiently – saving lives – with a new approach developed by an international team of researchers, including the University of Warwick, which helps to streamline outbreak decision-making.

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Ebola Survivors Have a Unique Retinal Scar

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have conducted a study of Ebola survivors to determine if the virus has any specific effects on the back on the eye using an ultra widefield retinal camera.

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Researchers Create World’s First Self-Donning System for Surgical Gowns

In the healthcare setting, there is an increasing need for a self-donning surgical gown that healthcare personnel can don without the need for any assistance. Also, in the context of crisis management for the Ebola virus and other severe infectious dis…

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Key to Superbug Antibiotic Resistance is Discovered

An international study led by Monash University has discovered the molecular mechanism by which the potentially deadly superbug staph evades antibiotic treatment, providing the first important clues on how to counter superbug antibiotic resistance.

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Healthmark Announces New Window Style Tip Protector

Healthmark Industries announces the new Window Style Tip Protector to its ProSys™ Instrument Care product line. Certain medical devices and instruments are more delicate than others, and thus require equally delicate care and reprocessing pr…

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3M Submits 510k Application for 24-Minute Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Biological Indicator System

3M announces that it has filed for 510(k) clearance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an additional patent for its Attest™ Rapid Readout Biological Indicator (BI) System for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization (VH202) to …

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Build a Pandemic-Resilient Supply Chain

Team up with supply chain to minimize pandemic impact in your healthcare organization. Attend AHRMM17 Conference, July 23-26, in Washington, DC, to learn how you can build a more secure supply chain.

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Virus Study Targets Infection Linked to Birth Defects

Fresh insights into how a common virus replicates could pave the way for new therapies to stop its spread. Scientists have discovered a key molecule linked to human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, which is harmless for healthy people but can cause mi…

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Market Pressures and Inadequate Production are Hampering Access to Essential Antibiotics

Antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market. Writing in a commentary in Clinical Microbiology and Infecti…

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A Path Toward Ending AIDS in the U.S. by 2025

A new study describes an ambitious but feasible path toward what may have seemed unachievable just a decade ago: an end to the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. Using prevention surveillance data to model rates of HIV incidence, prevalence and mortality, inves…

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Patient Engagement With Surgical Site Infection Prevention

Despite remarkable developments in the use of surgical techniques, ergonomic advancements in the operating room, and implementation of bundles, surgical site infections (SSIs) remain a substantial burden, associated with increased morbidity, mortality …

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Researchers Discover a Safer Way to Study Brucella

Brucellosis is an infectious disease of livestock that may be transmitted to farm workers or consumers of unpasteurized dairy products. Easy to spread and hard to detect, the bacteria that cause the illness, Brucella species, are considered potential b…

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New Hepatitis C Infections Nearly Tripled over Five Years

Over just five years, the number of new hepatitis C virus infections reported to CDC has nearly tripled, reaching a 15-year high, according to new preliminary surveillance data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because h…

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Acne Studios completes global RFID rollout in 90 days

Swedish high end fashion brand Acne Studios has rolled out RFID technology at all of its 45 stores. As an indication to the maturity of the technology, the retailer completed a full deployment of Nedap’s !D Cloud solution to all stores in 12 countries in just three months. By using !D Cloud, Acne Studios aims […]

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Survival of Mass Extinctions Helps Explain Near Indestructible Properties of Hospital Superbugs

Hospital superbugs enterococci arose from an ancestor that dates back 450 million years — about the time when animals were first crawling onto land (and well before the age of dinosaurs), according to a new study led by researchers from Massachusetts …

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Hepatitis C Increasing Among Pregnant Women

Hepatitis C infections among pregnant women nearly doubled from 2009-2014, likely a consequence of the country’s increasing opioid epidemic that is disproportionately affecting rural areas of states including Tennessee and West Virginia. Injection drug…

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CDC Finalizes Vaccine Recommendation for Adults Traveling to Areas With Cholera

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommendation for the use of a cholera vaccine in adults traveling to areas with cholera is now final. The final recommendation was published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Wee…

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Predatory Bacterium Kills Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria on Eyes

Scientists have developed a new method to clear antibiotic resistant bacteria from the surface of the eye – introducing a new strain of bacteria that preys on other microorganisms.  The research is being presented at the 2017 annual meeting …

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Quorum Sensing Helps Beneficial Bacteria Rein in Their Pathogenic Origins

Many microbes are co-residents in our bodies, providing beneficial services in exchange for some of our resources. It’s a relationship called mutualism in which we provide a comfortable home, and they return the favor in myriad, interesting ways….

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New Lyme Disease Forecast Map Targets Rising Tide of Ticks

As the rate of Lyme disease grows rapidly across the United States, new research offers veterinarians a forecasting map that tells them which parts of the country are most at risk of Lyme disease infections in dogs, which could also help track and…

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A Defense Mechanism That Can Trap and Kill TB Bacteria

A natural mechanism by which our cells kill the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (TB) has been discovered by scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, which could help in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The findings, published …

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Methods for Detecting Latent TB Need Further Studies

Timely and accurate identification of people with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is important for controlling Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). There is no gold standard for diagnosis of LTBI. Screening tests such as interferon gamma release assay…

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Journal Solicits Research on the Airborne Microbiome, Implications for Infection Control

Many infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, whooping cough, aspergillus and other fungal infections, human and avian influenza, measles, chickenpox, and some of the emerging viruses, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) c…

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Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides the following Q&A regarding the PIP Framework.   What is the purpose of the PIP Framework? The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP Framework) is helping Member States, laboratories, indus…

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Cell Particles May Help Spread HIV Infection

HIV appears to enlist the aid of nano-sized structures released by infected cells to infect new cells, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Known as extracellular vesicles (EVs), these bubble-like structures are mad…

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Research Will Help to Refine Treatments for Global Parasitic Disease

Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies.

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Researchers Study How Cells Combat Salmonella

All bacteria have developed clever mechanisms for survival and propagation within host cells. Salmonella are a typical example: usually they hide in membrane-bound particles with only very few bacteria escaping to the cell’s interior. Those escapees ar…

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Scientists Develop Flu Detector

The threat of a major flu pandemic is a perennial concern. Now scientists have developed a fast and easy-to-use point-of-care diagnostic test that could one day help doctors and hospitals head off the rapid spread of the flu. They report their new devi…

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When Malaria Infects the Placenta During Pregnancy, Baby’s Future Immunity Can Be Affected

Mothers infected with malaria during pregnancy can pass more of their own cells to their baby and change the infant’s risk of later infection, a new study shows. The study, from researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and their colleagues…

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Researchers Find Door Handles to Be Signifant Source of MRSA in Hospitals

Studies have implicated Staphylococcus aureus as the leading cause of septicemia in the Tamale metropolis of Ghana. The aim of this study by Saba, et al. (2017) was to determine the prevalence and antibiotic susceptibility of S. aureus and methici…

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Scientists Develop ‘Slingshot’ to Shoot Drugs Onto the Site of an Infection

An international team of researchers from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal has reported, in a paper published this week in Nature Communications, the design and synthesis of a nanoscale molecular slingshot made of DNA t…

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CDC Flu Update: Season Has Peaked and is Winding Down

According to the CDC’s FluView report for the week ending April 29, 2017 (week 17), flu activity continues to decrease in the United States. Levels of flu-like illness have been below the national baseline for three weeks now.  While the 2016-2017…

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Nasal Decolonization using Alcohol Lowers SSI 81%

Published study shows nasal decolonization greatly reduced SSI with patient pre-op, post-op and staff use of well tolerated alcohol based swab. No antibiotics or iodine. Get info and Nozin® samples.

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Researchers Discover How Flu Viruses Hijack Human Cells

Much is known about flu viruses, but little is understood about how they reproduce inside human host cells, spreading infection. Now, a research team headed by investigators from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is the first to identify a me…

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Professionalism, Continuing Education is Every CS Employee’s Responsibility

Some central service (CS) professionals find comfort in knowing their chosen discipline provides them with a secure “job.” The fact is, though, that the dynamic, fast-paced and ever-evolving realm of CS/sterile processing delivers a challen…

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Medical Device Reprocessing Audits: Why Are They Important?

As an infection prevention consultant with 25-plus years of experience, I frequently audited healthcare facilities regarding proper reprocessing of their surgical, dental and/or endoscopic equipment. With each audit, I found healthcare professionals wh…

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Exploring Approaches ‘Beyond the Bundle’ to Help Decrease Vascular Access Device-Associated Infections

It has been more than 10 years since The New England Journal of Medicine published the Keystone project’s ground breaking work on reducing ICU CLABSIs using a central line insertion bundle. Since that time, this has become the absolute standard t…

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MRSA Bloodstream Infections are Less Fatal in Kids but Cause Significant Complications

Children with bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a common antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are less likely to die than adults with this condition and have different risk factors for treatment failure, a n…

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New Defense Mechanism Against Bacteria is Discovered

Researchers in dermatology at Lund University in Sweden believe they have cracked the mystery of why we are able to quickly prevent an infection from spreading uncontrollably in the body during wounding. They believe this knowledge may be of clinical s…

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Researchers Shed New Light on Influenza Detection

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have discovered a way to make influenza visible to the naked eye, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. By engineering dye molecules to target a specific enzyme of the viru…

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Healthmark Announces EndoGal CEU Sequel

Healthmark Industries announces the launch of its newest CEU game, ”EndoGal2” on Crazy4Clean.com. EndoGal is back with a new learning adventure; this time, EndoGal shows proper care of endoscopes. This game will help you learn all about the…

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Slide Show: Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and the beginning of the period through July when people will get more tick bites and tickborne diseases than any other time of year in the United States. Tickborne diseases are on the rise in some places and prevent…

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CDC Releases 2017 Update to SSI Prevention Guideline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s HICPAC has published its Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017, in the journal JAMA Surgery. This targeted systematic review of the literature synthesizes evidence-based rec…

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Assessing Real-Time Zika Risk in the United States

Confirmed local transmission of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Texas and Florida have heightened the need for early and accurate indicators of self-sustaining transmission in high risk areas across the southern United States. Given ZIKV’s low reporting rat…

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Research Team Advances Low-Cost, Low-Tech Zika Virus Surveillance Tool

To combat potential outbreaks of the Zika virus, some countries have considered using pesticides so strong that they are banned elsewhere. But if you could quickly determine that mosquitoes were not carrying the Zika virus, the use of harmful pesticide…

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New Hope in the Fight Against Superbugs

In a new paper published in the journal Structure, researchers from McGill University present in atomic detail how specific bacterial enzymes, known as kinases, confer resistance to macrolide antibiotics, a widely used class of antibiotics and an …

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Children Who Survive Sepsis Often Experience Lingering Effects

Survival rates have risen dramatically in recent years among children who develop sepsis, a severe, life-threatening immune reaction to an infection somewhere in the body. But new research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meetin…

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