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NCCN Updates Infection Guidelines to Include Information About H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)

' NCCN recently updated the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology(TM) for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer-Related Infections to include information about the H1N1 virus, also known as "swine flu." The NCCN Guidelines provide specific recommendations on the prevention, di...

Muskogee Community Hospital Adopts Steril-Aire UVC Lights for Infection Control, Green Benefits

BURBANK, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Steril-Aire, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer of germicidal ultraviolet C or UVC devices for HVAC systems, reports that the new Muskogee Community Hospital (Muskogee, Oklahoma) is using its UVC Emitters(TM) facility-wide in an innovativ...

Penile Prosthesis Surgery Infection Rates Reduced With The No-Touch Technique By Dr. J. Francois Eid of Advanced Urological Care

After years of testing, Dr. J. Francois Eid, director and founder of Advanced Urological Care in New York City, has refined an innovative "No-Touch" surgical technique that has caused penile implant infection rates to plummet to near zero. Infection rates for the infrequent penile impl...

HPV Infection May Be Linked to Poor Head and Neck Cancer Survival Rates in African Americans

American Association for Cancer Research Hosts Press Conference on New Study Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) July 29, 2009 -- A groundbreaking study in Cancer Prevention Research , a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggests that having the human papil...

HPV infection may be linked to poor head and neck cancer survival rates in African-Americans

PHILADELPHIA A groundbreaking study in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggests that having the human papillomavirus (HPV) improves survival in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Furthermore, African Americans had far less HPV in...

Low prevalence of HPV infection may be tied to poor prognosis for blacks with head and neck cancer

Researchers at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer have found that head and neck cancer patients who test positive for the human papillomavirus (HPV) have much better survival rates than patients who don't have the virus, according to a new study in the journal Cancer...

Hospital for Special Surgery is Only New York Hospital with Significantly Lower Surgical Site Infection Rate for Hip Replacement Compared to State Average

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report on infection rates from the New York State Department of Health singles out Hospital for Special Surgery as the only hospital in New York State with a statistically lower rate of surgical site infection (SSI) compared to the state average for hip repl...

AUDIO from Medialink and Amgen: Experts Agree Infection in Cancer Patients Impacts Treatment Success

NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Tremendous progress has been made in cancer treatment and millions undergo successful chemotherapy. But doctors treating these vulnerable patients, including oncologists and infectious disease specialists, are highly concerned about the negative impact infections...

Hospital Infection Prevention Resources Cut, Study Says

Prevention Departments are Under-financed, Under-staffed; Patient Safety Weakened FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospitals are cutting staff, resources and education for infection prevention at a time when the prevalence of many healthcare-associated infections is in...

Can an Infection Knock Out Your Workforce? Fight Back with New Preventive Training Program from Moxie Media

New training programs focus on preventive techniques for avoiding MRSA and Staph outbreaks and also teach employees how to recognize the signs of serious infections. New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) June 8, 2009 -- Each year, companies lose billions of dollars to infections. Whe...

Cepheid Announces Symposium Program for 2009 Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) Annual Conference

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --- Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD ) today announced speaker and program highlights for its symposium, "On-Demand HAI Testing: Good Medicine and Good Business," which the company will host at the 2009 Association for Professionals in Infection Control (API...

New survey highlights growing concern about risk of infection in cancer patients

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 27, 2009 Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced the results of a national Harris Interactive, Inc. survey indicating that the vast majority of oncologists and infectious disease (ID) specialists are highly concerned about the negative impact infection may have on treatmen...

New Survey Highlights Growing Concern About Risk of Infection in Cancer Patients and Emerging Antibiotic Resistance

Amgen, CDC Foundation and CDC Partner to Launch Three-Year Initiative to Improve Infection Control in Vulnerable Cancer Patient Population THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN ) today announced the results of a national Harris Interactive, Inc. survey ...

Pediatric Ear Infection Vaccine Shows Promise

Animal study shows droplets rubbed into skin prevented infections THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccines delivered via droplets rubbed into the skin appear to protect against ear infections, say researchers who tested the method on chinchillas. If this approach proves effecti...

Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure

Mouse study shows CMV raises risk of hypertension, hardening of arteries FRIDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- A hidden viral infection that most adults harbor could be a cause of high blood pressure, animal studies indicate. Mice infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) were more likely to...

Frost & Sullivan: Rising Public Awareness Promoting Acceptance of Infection Surveillance Systems Across Europe

LONDON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Initiatives taken by European governments and healthcare authorities to install infection surveillance systems have aimed at improving efficiency levels and reducing expenditures. However, the lack of basic level automation is proving to be a major challenge. (Lo...

Newly Identified Compounds May Inhibit Strep Infection

Discovery shows promise for reducing bacterial growth FRIDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Six compounds that may help fight strep infections have been identified by U.S. researchers. Antibiotic resistance is becoming more common among infection-causing bacteria, researchers have warne...

American Academy of Disaster Medicine's (AADM) President Comments on U.S. Public Health System, Discusses Swine Flu Infection and Prevention

The President of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine's (AADM), Gary Klein, MD, MPH, MBA, CHS-V, provides commentary and analysis from a disaster medicine perspective on the recent swine flu outbreak. Klein's comments include: an explanation of why improvements are needed to the U.S. public...

Swine Flu: Infection Control in Hospitals Will Be Critical

NEW YORK, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to confirmed cases of swine flu in Mexico, Canada, and the United States, European Union health officials are advising against travel to North America. At airports in Japan and several other Asian countries, thermal scanners are being used...

Thermal Angel Supports Infection Control During the Golden Hour

DALLAS, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Estill Medical Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in portable blood and IV fluid warming therapy, announces the expansion of its Thermal Angel sales and marketing efforts. The Thermal Angel reduces the chance of mortality by quickly controlling core body tempe...

Consumers Union Report: Almost 100,000 Surgical Patients Didn't Get the Right Infection Prevention Care During Year Studied

More Hospitals Following Surgical Infection Prevention Measures, But too Many Patients Remain at Risk AUSTIN, Texas, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by Consumers Union found that hospitals have made progress following certain surgical infection prevention pract...

Patients Had Fewer Infection Rates, Fewer Complications at Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery(R), According to HealthCore Study

Surge in number of facilities offering weight loss surgery, more people choosing laparoscopic surgery WILMINGTON, Del., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical centers offering surgical weight loss programs have increased dramatically over the past few years, and it's more important than ever to kno...

Michigan Infection Preventionist Receives Carole Demille Award for Outstanding Service, Contribution to Profession

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, of Ann Arbor, Michigan has been named the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). APIC presents the ann...

Smoking Ups Infection Risk for Lung Disease Patients

It lowers immune system's defense to bacteria that threaten those with COPD, study says TUESDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- Not only does smoking help cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it may cripple the body's immune response to bacteria that can worsen the disease,...

Not just a long-distance relationship: Immune cells in skin fight off infection better than the rest

Scientists at the University of Melbourne have discovered the local action of immune cells in the skin, which could improve treatment of viral skin infections. This work identifies previously unrecognised first-line defence mechanisms that are particularly important in barrier locations such as...

Number of Revascularization Procedures, Related In-Hospital Mortality and Some Complications Decline, While Rates of Infection and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery Increase

Increases translate into $170 million in incremental Medicare spending in FY 2006 ATLANTA, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of revascularization procedures, related in-hospital mortality and some complications among Medicare beneficiaries decreased between 2003 and 2006. At the same time, ...

Anti-microbial catheter to cut infection risk for dialysis patients

Medical experts at The University of Nottingham have shown that an innovative anti-microbial catheter could vastly improve treatment and the quality of life for many community-based dialysis patients. Results of a study published in the leading journal Biomaterials , have shown that the cathet...

Clostridium difficile Infection in Primary Care: Tackling a Virulent Pathogen

Complimentary Continuing Education Virtual Lecture for Healthcare Professionals VOORHEES, N.J., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is changing rapidly and has been marked by a significant increase in incidence and severity. Management of CDI c...

New Clinical Study News for Treatment of Sinusitis, Sinus Infection and Allergy Sufferers Now Have a New Effective Form of Relief through Sinus Dynamics

This exciting clinical study news is the best news that we have been waiting on for the past four years to prove the deposition of the medication through Sinus Dynamics. WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Most ENTs and physicians who have prescribed Sinus Dynamics have always ...

New Clinical Study News for Treatment of Sinusitis - Sinus Infection and Allergy Suffers Now Have a New Effective Form of Relief through Sinus Dynamics

This exciting clinical study is the best news that we have been waiting on for the past four years to prove the deposition of the medication through Sinus Dynamics. Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) March 19, 2009 -- Most ENT's and physicians have prescribed Sinus Dynamics ...

Course of West Nile Infection Charted

Scientists found levels of certain cytokines spiked during disease stage WEDNESDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists in South Africa recently had the rare opportunity to follow the West Nile virus from initial infection through symptoms and recovery in a 29-year-old lab worker w...

Patient Infection Rates Controlled by Unique Program at Outpatient Cancer Clinic

SEATTLE, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer treatment leaves patients with weakened immune systems. So it would seem obvious that an outpatient cancer clinic would be a prime breeding ground for infections because of the constantly revolving door of patients, visitors and staff, all of whom could be ...

Varicella zoster infection causes severe autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic liver inflammation of unknown etiology that is characterized by the presence of circulatory autoantibodies and ongoing liver tissue damage. In the past few years, the understanding of this disease has grown, and it is believed that, in a genetically predispo...

CMV Infection in Solid Organ Transplantation: Clinical Clues and Prevention Strategies

A Complimentary Continuing Medical Education Newsletter for Healthcare Professionals VOORHEES, N.J., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is an important cause of morbidity and mortality and is the most common viral opportunistic infection in recipients of solid organ trans...

Influenza Infection Costs Employers Billions Each Year; Working Adults Largest Group Not Immunized Annually

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN URGES DETROIT EMPLOYERS TO SEE INFLUENZA AS A CREDIBLE BUSINESS THREAT DETROIT, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Influenza results in billions of dollars in lost wages every year, and recent studies found that an estimated 75 million missed workdays a year, and ab...

Influenza Infection Costs Employees Billions Each Year; Working Adults Largest Group Not Immunized Annually

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN URGES DETROIT EMPLOYERS TO SEE INFLUENZA AS A CREDIBLE BUSINESS THREAT DETROIT, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Influenza results in billions of dollars in lost wages every year, and recent studies found that an estimated 75 million missed workdays a year, and ab...

Alternative Surface Disinfection Explored in Latest Issue of American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC)

Groundbreaking research published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control validates a new surface disinfection process that may one day replace chemical disinfectants in hospitals. Seattle WA (Vocus) February 24, 2009 -- Groundbreaking researc...

IMPACT Study Demonstrates That Longer Prophylactic Therapy With Valcyte(R) (Valganciclovir Hydrochloride Tablets) Increases Protection Against CMV - the Most Serious Viral Infection Affecting Transplant Patients

Doubling duration of Valcyte therapy provides significant benefit to patients compared to current standard of care for the prevention of CMV disease NUTLEY, N.J., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche announced today that a Phase III study investigating the efficacy and safety of extended preventativ...

Salmonella Infection Numbers Still Rising; Recalls Rise Also

NutriSystem, pet food company join grocers and food suppliers in pulling products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while probe continues WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people sickened in the salmonella outbreak in...

Salmonella Infection Numbers Still Rising

Pet food company joins grocers and food suppliers in pulling products from shelves as FDA advises consumers not to eat anything but jars of peanut butter while probe continues WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people sickened in the salmonella outbreak involving pean...
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