16
Dec
2011
Public Health

Neti Pots, Naegleria and Your Health


17
Nov
2011
Public Health
by Fred Reiff, PE

Disease Prevention for Occupier Protestors

Since mid-September, demonstrators from the international Occupy movement have inhabited US city parks to protest social and economic inequality. As the weeks pass, outdoor temperatures decline and sanitation conditions worsen, health officials are concerned that camps have become breeding grounds for disease. Protesters should heed basic principles of sanitation and take precautions to avoid spreading... Read More »

17
Oct
2011
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Superbugs and the Road to Antimicrobial Resistance: A Case Study from Ecuador

There’s more to developing drug resistant bacteria than simply taking antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem worldwide that needs to be addressed on multiple fronts including human and veterinary medicine. Research recently concluded in Ecuador suggests that environment and social context may play a major role in the development and spread of antibiotic drug... Read More »

12
Sep
2011
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Chloroform: A Profile in Risk Management

In Scotland’s St. Giles Cathedral, there hangs a peculiar plaque praising the discovery of the anesthetic properties of the chemical compound chloroform. Scottish obstetrician Dr. James Simpson is widely credited with this 1847 medical milestone. Chloroform, a simple compound consisting of carbon, chlorine and hydrogen, has more recently been in the news as a byproduct... Read More »

09
May
2011
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC

Sensing Potential Problems with Electronic Eye Faucets

The public bathroom scene is changing.  Increasingly, manual faucets and soap dispensers are being replaced by hands-free electronic eye faucets that conserve water and need only sense a pair of hands to start running water of a perfect temperature. This is a positive development because those who wash their hands don’t have to touch the... Read More »

18
Feb
2011
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Hand Drying: Here’s the Rub

It’s no secret that hand washing is critically important to reducing the transmission of pathogens.  We in the healthcare profession strive to remain vigilant about hand washing and we advise our patients to do the same, especially before and after handling food, using the bathroom, or when we or others are in contact with sick... Read More »

11
Feb
2011
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Reducing Deaths from Hospital Infections

How effective are check lists?  Pilots know they are effective and now medical experts do too, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.  A refreshing culture change in Michigan hospitals, including adherence to a simple, five-part check list is associated with reduced infections and a 10 percent reduction in infection-related deaths... Read More »

21
Dec
2010
Public Health
by Nancy Bock

Good Health Starts with Clean Hands

A guest blog written by Nancy Bock, American Cleaning Institute® Frequent and proper hand hygiene can stop germs and illness in their tracks.  Why are clean hands important?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others... Read More »