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Restroom hand dryers spread more bacteria than paper towels

November 26, 2014

The use of air-powered hand dryers may spread more airborne bacteria than paper towels, according to data published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.

Researchers from the University of Leeds simulated restroom hygiene scenarios by contaminating hands with the harmless bacteria Lactobacillus. Participants dried their hands with jet air dryers, warm air dryers and paper towels, before 120 air-samplings were collected and measured in close proximity to and 1 meter away from hand drying.

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Risky behavior, crowded settings increased risk for college campus outbreaks

November 26, 2014
NEW YORK — Crowded environments, increased risky behavior and diverse populations typical within the college setting were associated with increased risk for…
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ZMapp analysis could improve effectiveness of Ebola treatments

November 26, 2014
Analysis of the experimental drug cocktail ZMapp’s effect on Ebola virus may lead to more effective versions of the treatment, according to recent…
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Policies needed to address endemic polio in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria

November 25, 2014
NEW YORK — Walter A. Orenstein, MD, an Infectious Diseases in Children Editorial Board member, offers his perspective on some of the greatest challenges to global…
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HBV vaccine provides lasting protection to HCWs, with no booster needed

November 25, 2014
When vaccinated against hepatitis B virus as adults, health care workers appeared to receive robust and long-lasting vaccine protection, according to researchers from…
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HCV Consults: Volume 1, Number 3

HCV Consults: Volume 1, Number 3

This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie and Genentech, Inc.

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IGRA TB tests expected to significantly reduce false-positive results compared with TST

IGRA TB tests expected to significantly reduce false-positive results compared with TST

November 23, 2014
NEW YORK — Jeffrey R. Starke, MD, an Infectious Diseases in Children Editorial Board member, addresses the…
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Regimen Selection in HIV: Considering New Options to Optimize Outcomes

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs.

More than two decades into the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era, there are numerous options for HIV treatment. The goal…
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