03
Dec
2010
Public Health

Health Risks Associated with Body Art


10
Nov
2010
Public Health
by Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Disinfecting Tips to Help Keep Pets Healthy

According to a 2008 analysis, about 63 percent of all U.S. households–71.1 million–are proud pet owners, and more than half of these households have more than one animal. That means American animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and breeding, boarding and grooming facilities are busy places! The daily influx of animals in and out of animal shelters,... Read More »

26
Jul
2010
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Waterborne Diseases Cost US $500 Million a Year

According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalizations from three common and preventable waterborne diseases – Legionnaire’s disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis – could cost the U.S an estimated $539 million dollars each year. These figures represent only a fraction of all waterborne disease costs. They underscore the large and hidden... Read More »

25
May
2010
Public Health
by Water Quality Health Council

Disinfecting Germs Is A 2-Step Process

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16
Apr
2010
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

New Study Shows How Bacteria Develop Resistance to Vancomycin

Vancomycin is a powerful, chlorine-containing antibiotic drug that often works when all other antibiotics fail. Vancomycin has saved the lives of patients suffering from serious, stubborn bacterial illnesses. Now, for the first time, researchers have uncovered how bacteria recognize and develop resistance to vancomycin. A research team led by Dr. Gerry Wright of McMaster University... Read More »

09
Apr
2010
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Chlorhexidine glutonate solution reduces hospital-acquired bloodstream infections

Two of the most common “superbugs” which cause bloodstream infections are Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE).These bacteria can infect as many as one in five patients in hospital intensive care units andincrease the chances of dying by as much 25 percent. Even when they are not fatal, such infections can lengthen hospital stays by an average of seven... Read More »

19
Mar
2010
Public Health
by Linda Golodner

National Poison Prevention Week

In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 14-20), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in conjunction with the Poison Prevention Week Council, recommendslocking up household cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and other materials to reduce accidental poisoning among children. On March 15, 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week.... Read More »

26
Feb
2010
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC

Hospital-Acquired Infections Killed 48,000 Americans in One Year

According to a new study, sepsis and pneumonia, two common illnesses caused by hospital-acquired infections, killed 48,000 Americans in 2006, and cost the nation over 8 billion dollars to treat. The study, co-authored by Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan and Dr. Anup Malani, is titled,Clinical and Economic Outcomes Attributable to Health Care – Associated Sepsis and Pneumonia, and... Read More »