Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Infection Control News

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.

Strengthening the public health response

Severe COVID-19 symptoms lead to long-term immune damage

Patients who experienced severe COVID-19 symptoms are likely to suffer long-term effects on their immune system, according to research from Linköping University. A study conducted...
Monkeypox is causing encephalitis in some patients 

Monkeypox is causing encephalitis in some patients 

A new study by University College London (UCL) has found that monkeypox can sometimes cause neurological complications such as encephalitis, confusion or seizures.  Monkeypox is...
Broadening research on long COVID syndrome

Broadening research on long COVID syndrome

Understanding long COVID syndrome is vital for ensuring those affected can receive the best possible care. Aranka Ballering, first author of a study that...
New insight into autism and infections in pregnancy 

New insight into autism and infections in pregnancy 

Research illuminates new knowledge about infections in pregnancy and the increased risk of neurodevelopmental conditions.  Having an infection in pregnancy can be detrimental to your...
Portable air cleaners: A ‘fad’ or a long-term solution?

Portable air cleaners: A ‘fad’ or a long-term solution?

Commercial HVAC experts, Shiva Air, discuss this relatively new technology, why they feel it is here to stay, and what to look out for...
Fish oil and vitamin D supplements lower risk of croup in babies and children

Fish oil and vitamin D supplements lower risk of croup in babies and children

In a new study, researchers found that fish oil and vitamin D supplements could lower the risk of croup in babies and children. Croup is...
A compound in trees could kill drug-resistant bacteria

A compound in trees could kill drug-resistant bacteria

A new study finds a naturally occurring compound in trees could potentially kill drug-resistant bacteria. A new study by scientists from the University of Portsmouth...
Genetic sequencing can predict the severity of COVID-19 Variants

Genetic sequencing can predict the severity of COVID-19 Variants 

Researchers at Drexel University have created a new computer model that could help health services prepare for new variants of COVID-19 using genetic sequencing.   By...
NICE recommends FMT for recurrent Clostridium difficile infections

NICE recommends FMT for recurrent Clostridium difficile infections

Faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) will be offered to people with two or more Clostridium difficile infections. Clostridium difficile infections cause diarrhoea and often affect people...
WHO: Half of healthcare facilities lack hygiene services

WHO: Half of healthcare facilities lack hygiene services

Global estimates indicate that many healthcare facilities do not have adequate hygiene services, highlighting the risk to patients and providers. A joint report by the...
New NHS programme aims to provide Hepatitis C treatment

New NHS programme aims to provide Hepatitis C treatment

A new NHS screening pilot will give thousands of people the opportunity to access hepatitis C treatment. Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the...
New Universal Flu Vaccine protective against Influenza A and B

New universal flu vaccine protective against Influenza A and B 

A new universal flu vaccine can protect against diverse variants of both influenza A and B, according to a study from the Institute for...
The University of Liverpool to test a new treatment for monkeypox

The University of Liverpool to test a new treatment for monkeypox

A study will investigate a potential treatment for monkeypox that could help speed up recovery in those who develop the disease. Monkeypox is typically found...
T cells play an important role in immune response, according to new research

T cells play an important role in immune response, according to new research

A research team from Germany has found that T cells play a pivotal role in the body’s immune response to viral infections. There are 600...
Regular exercise linked to a lower risk of COVID-19 infection

Regular exercise linked to a lower risk of COVID-19 infection

Regular exercise reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection and severity, including hospital admission and death. In a new research project published in the British Journal of...
COVID vaccines are safe for patients with heart failure

COVID vaccines are safe for patients with heart failure

COVID vaccines are associated with a decreased risk of death in patients with heart failure, according to research. In new research presented at ESC Congress...
Europe’s pandemic preparedness plans: rapid and accurate diagnostics play a crucial part

Europe’s pandemic preparedness plans: rapid and accurate diagnostics play a crucial part

Molecular diagnostics company, Cepheid emphasises pandemic preparedness planning for mitigating the risk of emerging infectious diseases. We live in a time of increased risk of...
NHS to roll out the next generation, bivalent COVID vaccine ahead of winter

NHS to roll out the next generation bivalent COVID vaccine ahead of winter

The NHS will be the first healthcare system to use the next generation bivalent COVID vaccine in the autumn booster rollout. In an exciting new...
Research uncovers how a superbug is spreading infection in hospitals

Research uncovers how a superbug is spreading infections in hospitals 

Hospital superbugs are using thin, stretchy fibres to attach themselves to surfaces and cause infections, according to new research from the University of Turku.  Researchers...
Fighting forward: how to keep antibiotics working with CRP point-of-care testing

Fighting forward: how to keep antibiotics working with CRP point-of-care testing

Abbott explores how antibiotic use can be reduced in primary care settings and reviews the role of CRP point-of-care testing, its use in different...

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