Jun 23, 2014 — Starting this fall, 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals — those with the worst records for infections and injuries — will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year.
Feb 27, 2014 — Doctors are supposed to wash their hands before touching a patient. But that stethoscope draped around the doctor's neck may be loaded with bacteria, too. Cleaning it would help, researchers say.
May 29, 2013 — Some states have started requiring hospitals to screen their patients for the drug-resistant bacteria known as MRSA. But a study that tested different approaches to reducing infections found that screening first wasn't the most effective approach.
Jul 12, 2012 — Reuse of drug vials intended for only one patient led to outbreaks of staph infections at clinics in Arizona and Delaware. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged providers of health care to be more careful.
Jun 22, 2012 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites Rhode Island Hospital for fast work in stamping out a dangerous antibiotic-resistant germ. But federal officials are concerned the next time might not go as well. They're asking U.S. hospitals to be alert to the threat.
May 12, 2011 — Two Canadian researchers have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria living on bedbugs recovered from three people hospitalized in Vancouver. While far from proving that bedbugs can transmit bacterial infections, the findings hint it may be possible.
Apr 14, 2011 — More careful attention to cleanliness in hospitals can help curb infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But even stringent hygiene only goes so far in beating the germs back.
Aug 5, 2010 — Guess what's lurking in the gym? MRSA, athlete's foot, jock itch, boils, impetigo, herpes simplex and ringworm, among other atrocities. Time to start wiping down equipment both before and after we use it.
Jan 16, 2008 — Hi everyone! I'm Gwen today, and will continue to be, on and off, 'til the end of January. Of course, no one can actually be Gwen, but I'm as close as you're gonna get for a while. So smile pretty and eat your broccoli.
Oct 17, 2007 — What is a staph infection, anyway?