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Anesthesia providers missing to clean their hands during surgical procedures, shows study

Anesthesia providers missing to clean their hands during surgical procedures, shows study

Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). [More]
State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

The team at The Upshot, a Times news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate. [More]
Study measures hazardous concentrations of carbon monoxide on houseboats

Study measures hazardous concentrations of carbon monoxide on houseboats

Boaters and marina workers should exercise caution this summer before taking to the seas. A study published online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) outlines hazards posed by carbon monoxide levels on houseboats that use gasoline-powered generators without emission controls, along with controls that are available to reduce exposure to carbon monoxide from the generators. [More]
Dental hygienists prepare to take increased responsibilities for oral health care

Dental hygienists prepare to take increased responsibilities for oral health care

With opportunities to take increased responsibility for oral health care and to deliver care in a more comprehensive way, it's an exciting time in the profession of dental hygiene. [More]
Low levels of testosterone decline physical function in elderly men

Low levels of testosterone decline physical function in elderly men

Elderly men with low levels of testosterone or other sex hormones have twice the likelihood of having declining physical function over two years' time compared with their peers who have the highest hormone levels, a new study from Australia finds. [More]
Sweaty hands can reduce effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals, schools

Sweaty hands can reduce effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals, schools

University of Leicester researchers discover sweat can cause corrosion of protective qualities of door knobs and taps within an hour of contact [More]
Special issue explores trends related to unmet need for contraception

Special issue explores trends related to unmet need for contraception

Studies in Family Planning, a leading journal published by the Population Council, released "Unmet Need for Family Planning"-a special issue featuring ten articles, including a comprehensive introduction to the topic of unmet need. [More]
Transfer of few immune cells can protect immunodeficient patients

Transfer of few immune cells can protect immunodeficient patients

The cells of the human immune system are created from special stem cells in the bone marrow. In diseases affecting the bone marrow, such as leukemia, the degenerate cells must be destroyed using radiation or chemotherapy. [More]
State highlights: New La. abortion restrictions; new Mass. hospital deal; Medicare and ambulances in N.J.

State highlights: New La. abortion restrictions; new Mass. hospital deal; Medicare and ambulances in N.J.

A selection of health policy stories from Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Georgia, Missouri, Maryland, New York, Kansas and Washington state. [More]
First Edition: June 13, 2014

First Edition: June 13, 2014

Today's headlines include various updates on what Virginia lawmakers did in an attempt to resolve the state's budget impasse and Medicaid expansion debate. [More]
New genetic 'barcode' for malaria parasites could be used to track and contain spread of disease

New genetic 'barcode' for malaria parasites could be used to track and contain spread of disease

A new genetic 'barcode' for malaria parasites has been found which could be used to track and contain the spread of the disease, according to new research led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. [More]
Infection prevention and control guidance prioritizes strategies to combat MRSA

Infection prevention and control guidance prioritizes strategies to combat MRSA

New guidelines aim to reduce the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), improve patient safety and prioritize current prevention efforts underway in hospitals. This drug resistant bacterium is a common source of patient morbidity and mortality in U.S. hospitals, causing nearly twice the number of deaths, significantly longer hospital stays and higher hospital costs than other forms of the bacteria. [More]
TeleTracking’s hand hygiene technology redefines infection prevention standards at New Cross Hospital

TeleTracking’s hand hygiene technology redefines infection prevention standards at New Cross Hospital

New Cross Hospital, part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, today announced a milestone of one million hand hygiene observations using TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.'s automated hand hygiene sensor as part of the 'Safe Hands' program. [More]
Infants exposed to bacterial species in house dust are less likely to develop asthma

Infants exposed to bacterial species in house dust are less likely to develop asthma

Infants exposed to a diverse range of bacterial species in house dust during the first year of life appear to be less likely to develop asthma in early childhood, according to a new study published online on June 6, 2014, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. [More]
Disinfection caps, 'scrub-the-hub' regimens reduce bloodstream infections, cut costs

Disinfection caps, 'scrub-the-hub' regimens reduce bloodstream infections, cut costs

Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients. [More]
Saint Louis’ medical students care about feet of the homeless

Saint Louis’ medical students care about feet of the homeless

At Saint Louis University, medical students care about the feet of the homeless. That's the focus of the new homeless care clinic, which started earlier this year when Howard Place, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery at SLU, approached the Health Resource Center to set up a foot care program for the homeless. [More]
Scientists discover group of lymphocytes that protects against intracellular infection

Scientists discover group of lymphocytes that protects against intracellular infection

The innate immune system recognizes infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A group of lymphocytes known as "innate lymphoid cells" or ILCs plays a central role in the defense of the human body against infective agents. [More]
ILCs play central role in defense of human body against infective agents

ILCs play central role in defense of human body against infective agents

The innate immune system recognizes infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A group of lymphocytes known as "innate lymphoid cells" or ILCs plays a central role in the defense of the human body against infective agents. [More]

Denver Rescue Mission receives 2,500 hygiene kits from Sound Physicians

Sound Physicians, a leading hospitalist organization focused on driving improvements in quality, satisfaction and financial performance of inpatient healthcare delivery, assembled 2,500 repurposed hygiene kits to donate to the Denver Rescue Mission. [More]
Awards scheme launched to recognise innovation in healthcare throughout the East Midlands

Awards scheme launched to recognise innovation in healthcare throughout the East Midlands

An awards scheme has been launched to recognise and celebrate innovation in healthcare throughout the East Midlands. Sponsored by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, cash prizes are available across a range of categories. [More]