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New UV light method could help stop spread of hospital superbugs

New UV light method could help stop spread of hospital superbugs

Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person? According to new research out of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, that is indeed the case. Chetan Jinadatha, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and chief of infectious diseases at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, is studying the effectiveness of a germ-zapping robot to clean hospital rooms, which could hold the key to preventing the spread of "superbugs" - in turn, saving countless dollars and, most importantly, lives. [More]
Study examines efficacy of continuous UV-C robots versus pulsed xenon in preventing infection

Study examines efficacy of continuous UV-C robots versus pulsed xenon in preventing infection

The efficacy of continuous UV-C disinfection robots versus pulsed xenon (PU-UX) was highlighted in a recently published study of ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection systems by an influential infection prevention research team, including Curtis Donskey, M.D. [More]
Pioneering research advances prevention of lung damage when providing mechanical ventilation

Pioneering research advances prevention of lung damage when providing mechanical ventilation

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the Universitat de València participates in a pioneering research to advance the prevention of lung damage when providing mechanical ventilation in operations that require general anaesthesia. [More]
Leica Microsystems launches new neurosurgical microscope

Leica Microsystems launches new neurosurgical microscope

Leica Microsystems has launched a new neurosurgical microscope, the Leica M530 OH6. To enable surgeons to see better into deep, narrow cavities, it is equipped with FusionOptics technology, advanced Small Angle Illumination (SAI) and apochromatic optics. The ergonomic design of the microscope enables surgeons and assistants to work in a neutral, upright posture which helps prevent strain and fatigue. [More]
Study shows xenon gas treatment reduces brain damage after head injury

Study shows xenon gas treatment reduces brain damage after head injury

Treatment with xenon gas after a head injury reduces the extent of brain damage, according to a study in mice. [More]
Treatment with xenon gas after head injury reduces extent of brain damage

Treatment with xenon gas after head injury reduces extent of brain damage

Treatment with xenon gas after a head injury reduces the extent of brain damage, according to a study in mice. [More]
People with increased yellow in macula could maintain better vision: Study

People with increased yellow in macula could maintain better vision: Study

Human eyes naturally contain yellow pigment in the macula, a spot near the center of the retina responsible for high-resolution vision. Those with more yellow in their macula may have an advantage when it comes to filtering out atmospheric particles that obscure one's vision, commonly known as haze. [More]
New material can extract atoms of rare or dangerous elements from air

New material can extract atoms of rare or dangerous elements from air

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have successfully tested a material that can extract atoms of rare or dangerous elements such as radon from the air. [More]

CTBTO and NorthStar sign RadioXenon Emissions Pledge

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the U.S. medical isotope producer NorthStar have signed a RadioXenon Emissions Pledge. [More]
Xenex testifies before U.S. House of Representatives on effectiveness of UV disinfection system in reducing HAI rates

Xenex testifies before U.S. House of Representatives on effectiveness of UV disinfection system in reducing HAI rates

Xenex Disinfection Services, the world leader in UV room disinfection systems, testified yesterday before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; Subcommittee on Research and Technology; and Subcommittee on Oversight. [More]
NIST produces specialized xenon gas used in biomedical analysis, medical imaging

NIST produces specialized xenon gas used in biomedical analysis, medical imaging

A chip-scale device that both produces and detects a specialized gas used in biomedical analysis and medical imaging has been built and demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). [More]
Xenon collaborates with Genentech to develop new therapeutic targets for treating pain

Xenon collaborates with Genentech to develop new therapeutic targets for treating pain

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced the establishment of a new collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, for pain genetics, with the goal of discovering and validating new therapeutic targets and mechanisms for treating pain. [More]
UCLA researchers find no evidence of association between iron levels and atherosclerosis risk

UCLA researchers find no evidence of association between iron levels and atherosclerosis risk

A UCLA research team has found no evidence of an association between iron levels in the body and the risk of atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries that leads to cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer in the U.S. [More]
Infection prevention: an interview with Dr. Robert Gorab, Chief Medical Officer, Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Infection prevention: an interview with Dr. Robert Gorab, Chief Medical Officer, Hoag Orthopedic Institute

HOI has one of the lowest if not the lowest surgical readmission rate in the State of California. Our all-cause readmission rate is 3.3% and our joint replacement readmission was at 1.8% based on published CMS reports we received in September 2013. [More]
Recanalization of extracranial internal carotid artery occlusion: A retrospective study

Recanalization of extracranial internal carotid artery occlusion: A retrospective study

Carotid endarterectomy can benefit the majority of patients with severe carotid artery stenosis. However, the therapeutic effects of this technique in patients with symptomatic internal carotid artery occlusion remain controversial. [More]
New UV-visible spectrophotometer released by Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.

New UV-visible spectrophotometer released by Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.

The Life Sciences Division of Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc. released its newest UV-visible spectrophotometer, Model UH5300. [More]
Decatur Memorial Hospital installs germ-zapping robots to kill bugs

Decatur Memorial Hospital installs germ-zapping robots to kill bugs

As hospitals across the nation look for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill multi-drug resistant organisms that put patients at risk, Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) has taken a leap into the future with the installation of two germ-zapping robots that eliminate hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places. [More]
FDA grants orphan-drug designation to XEN402 for treatment of pain associated with EM

FDA grants orphan-drug designation to XEN402 for treatment of pain associated with EM

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan-drug designation to the investigational drug XEN402 being developed for the treatment of pain associated with erythromelalgia. [More]
Xenon Pharmaceuticalsn receives BIOTECanada's Gold Leaf Company of the Year Award for 2013

Xenon Pharmaceuticalsn receives BIOTECanada's Gold Leaf Company of the Year Award for 2013

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded BIOTECanada's Gold Leaf Company of the Year Award for 2013. [More]

Pelchem and Linde team up to advance MEMS systems

Linde Electronics, the global electronics business of The Linde Group, has strengthened its material support for electronics manufacturing by announcing a strategic partnership with Pelchem, the global fluorochemicals specialist, to accelerate the development of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). [More]
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