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2014-04-02 12:26:12

Blood transfusions are among the most common treatments for hospitalized patients nationwide, but doing them less often reduces infection rates by nearly 20 percent, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association co-authored by Neil Blumberg, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. As director of transfusion medicine and the blood bank at UR Medicine, Blumberg for more than 25 years has been investigating how to make blood...

Clostridium difficile
2014-03-27 05:21:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online About one of 25 men and women receiving medical care in American hospitals on any given day will acquire an infection during the course of their treatment, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to Kim Painter of USA Today, the federal health agency report said that even though these incidents are preventable, they affect 648,000 patients per year....

2014-03-26 12:29:30

National and state data detail threat of healthcare-associated infections and opportunities for further improvements ATLANTA, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information is an update to previous CDC estimates of...

2014-03-18 12:31:11

WOBURN, Mass., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AdvanDx today announced that it has submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for 510(k) clearance its new mecA XpressFISH(TM) test for the rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from S. aureus positive blood cultures. This assay will provide physicians with a new way to rapidly identify MRSA enabling them to implement appropriate treatment for patients with bloodstream infections....

Three-quarters Of People With Influenza Have No Symptoms
2014-03-17 10:43:46

The Lancet Around 1 in 5 of the population were infected in both recent outbreaks of seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, but just 23% of these infections caused symptoms, and only 17% of people were ill enough to consult their doctor. These findings come from a major new community-based study comparing the burden and severity of seasonal and pandemic influenza in England over 5 years, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal. "Reported cases of influenza...

Doctors Issue New Treatment Guidelines For Skin Abscesses Caused By Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
2014-03-13 11:59:37

Rachel Champeau, UCLA It has been more than 10 years since the clinical battle began with community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and doctors are still grappling with how to diagnose, treat and prevent this virulent form of staph infection, which is immune to many antibiotics. As MRSA cases have increased dramatically over the decade, so have the number of skin abscesses — generally pus-filled boils or pimples with discharge — that characterize these...

2014-03-07 16:22:50

CDC urges physicians to improve prescribing practices to reduce harm ATLANTA, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The majority of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections, which are bacterial infections that cause severe diarrhea and are potentially life-threatening, occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor's offices for other conditions, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published...

2014-03-06 23:28:27

HyGreen, Inc. today announced a collaborative partnership with The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The HyGreen Hand Hygiene Reminding and Recording System will be deployed in 25 MoH hospitals supporting its goal of reducing hospital acquired infections through improved hand hygiene. Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) March 06, 2014 HyGreen, Inc. today announced a collaborative partnership with The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through its...

2014-03-04 12:26:50

CDC calls on every hospital to use new checklist to improve prescribing practices ATLANTA, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that clinicians in some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics than clinicians in other hospitals, even though patients were receiving care in similar areas of each hospital. In addition, about one-third of the time, prescribing practices to treat urinary tract...

Vitamin A Could Help Boost Immune System To Fight Tuberculosis
2014-02-26 09:49:34

Rachel Champeau, University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences Tuberculosis is a major global problem, affecting 2 billion people worldwide and causing an estimated 2 million deaths annually. Western countries are once again tackling the disease, with recent outbreaks in Los Angeles and London. The rise of drug-resistant TB, called a "ticking time bomb" by the World Health Organization, and the high cost of fighting the disease highlight the need for new approaches to...


Latest infections Reference Libraries

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2011-04-28 14:40:22

Streptococcus pyogenes is a spherical, Gram-positive bacterium is the cause of Group A streptococcal infections. It displays streptococcal group A antigen on its cell wall. When it is cultured on blood agar plates it produces large zones of beta-hemolysis. They are catalase-negative and in ideal conditions it has an incubation period of about 1-3 days. It is an infrequent part of the skin flora. It is the cause of many important human diseases, ranging from mild superficial skin infections...

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2011-04-18 21:37:33

Klebsiella pneumoniae is a Gram-negative, non-motile, encapsulated, lactose fermenting, facultative anaerobic, rod shaped bacterium found in the normal flora of the mouth, skin, and intestines. It is the most important member of the Klebsiella genus of Enterobacteriaceae. It is naturally occurring in soil and about 30% of strains can fix nitrogen in anaerobic conditions. Hans Christian Gram developed the technique now known as Gram staining in 1884 to discriminate between K. pneumoniae and...

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2011-02-23 20:42:46

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea among infants and young children and is one of several viruses that cause the stomach flu. It is in the family Reoviridae and is a genus of double-stranded RNA. Most children have been infected by the age of five. Each infection builds on previous immunity and thus subsequent infections are less severe and adults are rarely affected. The fives species of the virus are referred to as A, B, C, D, and E. Type A, which is the most common, causes more...

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