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Nursing Home Infection Rates on the Rise According to New Study
Nursing Home Infection Rates on the Rise According to New Study
11/20/2014 5:56:47 PM
In October, the Columbia University School of Nursing published a news release about a study that found rising infection rates at nursing homes. The study found increasing rates of a variety of infections, including multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), after examining infections in nursing homes in the United States over a five-year period. “Infections are a leading …
Nearly Half of Liberia’s Workforce No Longer Working since Start of Ebola Crisis
11/19/2014 1:59:02 PM
Ebola has substantially impacted all sectors of employment in the Liberian economy, in both affected and non-affected counties, according to the most recent round of mobile phone surveys conducted by the World Bank Group in partnership with the Liberian Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services and the Gallup Organization. In all, nearly half of those working in …
Save the Children Opens First Ebola Community Care Center in Liberia
Save the Children Opens First Ebola Community Care Center in Liberia
11/18/2014 3:43:01 PM
Save the Children opens its first Community Care Center (CCC) in Liberia, to provide rapid assessments of suspected Ebola patients close to their community. The CCC is a community-based approach that aims to provide a rapid way of isolating and treating patients suspected of having Ebola, while offering families and communities the opportunity to remain close to them, and …
Nursing Homes in Puerto Rico Rely on Zimmetry to Identify Environmental Pathogens
Nursing Homes in Puerto Rico Rely on Zimmetry to Identify Environmental Pathogens
11/17/2014 10:27:14 AM
Last month, the Columbia University School of Nursing published a news release about a study that found rising infection rates at nursing homes across the country.  After examining infections in nursing homes in the United States over a 5 year period, the study concluded that rates of a variety of infections are increasing, including those caused by multiple drug-resistant …
Study predicts likely Ebola cases entering UK and US through airport screening
Study predicts likely Ebola cases entering UK and US through airport screening
11/14/2014 10:03:39 AM
Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health  have found that screening for Ebola at airports could be an effective method for preventing the spread of the disease into the UK and US, but due to the long incubation period of the virus, screening won’t detect all cases. Published in the Lancet medical journal, the study used a …
Roche Receives FDA Clearance for Strep A Test on cobas Liat System
11/13/2014 4:41:56 PM
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided 510(k) clearance for the cobas® Strep A test for the detection of group A streptococcus bacterial (Strep A) DNA in throat swab specimens. The cobas Strep A test runs on the cobas Liat System, a molecular point of care diagnostic system, which will be launched later …
Asbestos Removal Begins at Reputed Haunted House in Clovis
Asbestos Removal Begins at Reputed Haunted House in Clovis
11/13/2014 3:42:37 PM
Last month, The Fresno Bee published an article that asbestos removal had begun in a famous property in Clovis, California. The work began at Wolfe Manor, a former sanitarium that has been featured in a number of television shows and is reputed to be haunted. Several years ago, the city designated the house as unsafe to occupy before declaring it a nuisance and danger …
New Charity Campaign Inaugurated by Devery Prince Agency in Alaska Raises Funds to Help a Local Cancer Patient Pay For Medical Bills
New Charity Campaign Inaugurated by Devery Prince Agency in Alaska Raises Funds to Help a Local Cancer Patient Pay For Medical Bills
11/12/2014 11:00:18 AM
Wasilla, AK – With agencies in Wasilla and Anchorage, Alaska, Devery Prince Agency divulges a remarkable charity campaign as part of its ongoing Community Program. The agency looks to help raise funds for a local woman fighting a brain tumor.  The agency announces that those with a heart for supporting Wasilla’s community member Rena, the designer and founder of Mocha Moose, …
Rite Aid and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Survey Indicates Most U.S. Women Believe They Are Not Up To Date on Vaccinations
11/11/2014 4:41:50 PM
A national survey from Rite Aid(NYSE: RAD) and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) reveals that the majority of adult women living in the United States do not believe they are up to date on vaccinations to protect against many preventable diseases. According to a telephone survey of 1,000 randomly selected U.S. adult women age 26-74, 70%of survey participants …
Online Dating Meets Digital Health: Turning Awkward Conversations into Profit Centers at the 12th Annual iDate Super-Conference in Las Vegas on January 20-22, 2015
Online Dating Meets Digital Health: Turning Awkward Conversations into Profit Centers at the 12th Annual iDate Super-Conference in Las Vegas on January 20-22, 2015
11/11/2014 8:00:00 AM
  New York, NY--Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces that myLAB Box will speak at the 12th annual iDate Dating Super Conference ( http://idate2015.com ).  As the majority of the dating population is now dating online, they are also moving many other areas of their life online and into an electronic format, including their health.  Ursula Hessenflow, CEO of myLAB Box, …
CIHs Qualified to Assist with Ebola Outbreak
CIHs Qualified to Assist with Ebola Outbreak
11/10/2014 2:19:19 PM
This year, the largest Ebola epidemic in history occurred in multiple countries across West Africa.  In September, a person who traveled from Africa to the United States was diagnosed with the condition in Texas.  The virus then spread to several healthcare workers who provided the patient with medical care.  Others who offered medical care in West Africa have also become …
The Mayday Project Responds to Dr. Paul Auwaerter’s Defense of IDSA Guidelines for Lyme Disease
The Mayday Project Responds to Dr. Paul Auwaerter’s Defense of IDSA Guidelines for Lyme Disease
11/7/2014 1:16:48 PM
The Mayday Project welcomes the response by Dr. Paul Auwaerter to our concerns about the IDSA guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, which were discussed in a recent Medscape article about Mayday’s outreach to IDSA members at the IDWeek medical conference in October 2014. Dr. Auwaerter’s statement that there can be “productive collaboration among advocacy …
WHO welcomes approval of a second Ebola vaccine trial in Switzerland
11/7/2014 11:53:13 AM
WHO welcomes approval by Swissmedic, the Swiss regulatory authority for therapeutic products, of a second Swiss trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine. The trial will be led by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG). If judged safe, larger scale trials will be taken to African countries as early as January 2015. This trial approval means that the vaccine will be tested on …
India Stands to Lose More than $4.58 Trillion to Non-Communicable Diseases
11/5/2014 12:00:25 PM
New report from the World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health finds that India stands to lose $4.58 trillion to non-communicable diseases, an amount more than double India’s annual GDP Five key interventions reduce incidence of the diseases, and potentially provide a 15% return on investment Key decision-makers from government, civil society and academia …
How ISO 9001:2008 Certification Relates To A Supplier’s Quality Management Systems
10/27/2014 4:03:41 PM
ISO 9001:2008 is the latest update of ISO 9000, a series of standards developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), that define, establish, and maintain an effective quality assurance system for manufacturing and service industries.  These standards deal with the fundamentals of quality management systems and are available through …

Environmental Testing for Staphylococcus aureus Can Help Prevent Outbreaks
Environmental Testing for Staphylococcus aureus Can Help Prevent Outbreaks
10/23/2014 5:19:43 PM
Last month, a student at Mohawk Trail Regional School in Massachusetts was reported to have been infected with MRSA, also known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.   Additional media reports from September also stated a student at Ligonier Valley Middle School in Pennsylvania was diagnosed with MRSA as was someone from an elementary school in Saginaw, …
Campylobacter Outbreak Hits School District in Western Wisconsin
Campylobacter Outbreak Hits School District in Western Wisconsin
10/23/2014 9:39:40 AM
Last month, WCCO in Minneapolis published a report about an infectious disease outbreak of high school students at a school district in western Wisconsin.  According to the article, one student has already been confirmed with a Campylobacter infection and others have been hospitalized. Campylobacter is a type of bacteria that causes an infectious disease known as …
JPMorgan Chase and Employees to Donate up to $600,000 to Help Curtail West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak
10/22/2014 12:54:04 PM
JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced up to $600,000 in donations from its foundation and employees to help curtail the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Grants totaling $300,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will support the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) - two leading organizations dedicated to helping control the …
NIH begins early human clinical trial of VSV Ebola vaccine
10/22/2014 12:32:29 PM
Human testing of a second investigational Ebola vaccine candidate is under way at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) are conducting the early phase trial to evaluate the vaccine, called VSV-ZEBOV, for safety and its ability to generate an immune system …

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