TB, Emerging Diseases and the Role of Personal Responsibility

The recently reported story of a man with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis should sensitize us to the fact that what many think is an eradicated disease is really quite prevalent in certain countries of the world and remains potentially deadly. More importantly, this case demonstrates how easily diseases more contagious than TB could be spread around the world in a very short time. What are the lessons that should be learned from this incident to reduce the chance of a more deadly outbreak of disease?

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections: The Role of Chlorine Products in Risk Reduction

In 1847, the Austrian physician, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, demonstrated that puerperal sepsis (“childbed fever”) was contagious and that incidents of infection could be dramatically reduced by enforcing appropriate hand hygiene by medical caregivers. In his study, Dr. Semmelweis noticed an alarming difference between the low infection rates in the mothers cared for by midwives in one hospital ward and the higher rates of those attended to by the medical students in another ward.

Degrees of Clean: Consumer Cleaning Products Defined

There are many products available for ridding our homes of dirt and germs. However, it is often difficult to decide which products are right for the job. Not all cleaning agents are the same, and improper use of these products could result in unsanitary conditions or illness. Following is a list of the different categories