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Health Europa brings you the latest Infection Control News from across the field of European Health & Social Care. We take a look into the disciplines concerned in the prevention of health-associated infection.

racial discrimination

Racial discrimination in healthcare may have increased vaccine hesitancy

Research emerging from the UK suggests that one in 10 people from ethnic minority groups who were reluctant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine experienced...
WHO estimates 14.9 million excess Covid deaths in 2020 and 2021

WHO estimates 14.9 million excess Covid deaths in 2020 and 2021

New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show approximately 14.9 million excess Covid deaths. The data indicates the full death toll associated directly or...
variants of COVID

New PCR test rapidly detects all variants of COVID

Researchers at Rutgers University have pioneered a cutting-edge PCR test that can accurately and quickly identify all variants of COVID. The Rutgers University polymerase chain...
The importance of patient-centred care for resistance to antibiotics

The importance of patient-centred care for resistance to antibiotics

HEQ spoke to Dr Neda Milevska-Kostova, chair of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) and chair a.i. of the AMR Patient Alliance about...
Reviewing the role of air filtration systems in healthcare

Reviewing the role of air filtration systems in healthcare

The Addenbrooke’s Air Disinfection Study looks set to shape future IPC guidance concerning the implementation of air filtration systems in healthcare settings. The Addenbrooke’s Air...

FluoretiQ: Fighting AMR with Rapid Diagnostic Systems

FluoretiQ CEO Neciah Dorh shares his vision to improve antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by developing rapid diagnostics that optimise antibiotic use. The COVID-19 pandemic has made...
hypochlorous acid

Viking Pure Solutions: Safer, sustainable hypochlorous acid cleaning technology

Viking Pure Solutions shares how it is optimising the power of hypochlorous acid for effective cleaning solutions that are non-toxic and safe. Viking Pure has...
Researchers develop a new tool to assess symptoms of long COVID

Researchers develop a new tool to assess symptoms of long COVID

The University of Birmingham has developed a tool that can assess symptoms of long COVID for use in research and clinical care. COVID-19 can cause...
point-of-care testing

Answering healthcare needs with point-of-care testing

With its advanced point-of-care testing abilities, the LumiraDx platform is enhancing the delivery of care for both patients and healthcare practitioners. Founded in 2014, LumiraDx...
The importance of environmental testing

The importance of environmental testing

Nova Biologicals outlines the importance of environmental testing to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and protect public health. Among the various forms of microbiological...
mosquito nets

Mosquito nets prevent 40% of child deaths from malaria

A groundbreaking 22-year study has unveiled the effectiveness of mosquito nets, finding that the relatively inexpensive malaria prevention equipment can significantly increase a child’s...
acute infection

Inflammatix: Advancing diagnostics for acute infection and sepsis

Inflammatix explores the unmet needs associated with the diagnosis of acute infection and sepsis and how new diagnostic technologies are helping to improve the...
UV-C air disinfection

UV-C air disinfection: A powerful weapon for combatting airborne diseases

Troy Cowan, coordinator of the Ultraviolet Working Group at the International Ultraviolet Association outlines the integral role of UV-C air disinfection in fighting the...
‘Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a slow tsunami’

‘Antimicrobial resistance is a slow tsunami’

University of Oxford’s Professor Timothy Walsh reflects on the lack of immediacy and accountability in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and why bolder...
COVID infection

500 days of COVID-19: Scientists discover world’s longest COVID infection

UK researchers have discovered the world's longest COVID infection, identifying a patient that carried the disease for a total of 505 days. Performed by experts...
Using machine learning to identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Using machine learning to identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Experts from the University of Nottingham have developed software that can identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmitted between humans, animals and the environment. The groundbreaking software combines...
air pollutants

Air pollutants elevate the risk of COVID-19 infection

Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet have identified that high levels of air pollutants can increase the risk of catching COVID-19, revealing unprecedented dangers of...
Can a smartwatch track COVID-19 symptoms?

Can a smartwatch track COVID-19 symptoms?

A new study reveals that a smartwatch can track the progression of COVID-19 symptoms and can even indicate how sick you become. The research team...
Fitness bands reveal physiological responses to the COVID-19 vaccine

Fitness bands reveal physiological responses to the COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers from Scripps Research finds data from fitness bands and other wearable devices can track physiological response to the COVID-19 vaccination. The research team analysed...
blood infections

CAST-R automated technology identifies optimal antibiotics for blood infections

Scientists in China have developed an automated system that expertly pinpoints the best antibiotics for treating blood infections, a potentially life-saving innovation that will...

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