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December 2011 Archives

Does your Doctor or Nurse flunk the hand washing test? You have the right to ask!

If your doctor or nurse scored below fifty percent on a test in school they would flunk. A recent study published in the December 2011 edition of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology suggests that fewer than fifty percent of doctors and nurses wash their hands between patients. The widespread use of gloves (thought to reduce the risk of infection) may actually make doctors and nurses less likely to wash their hands.

New Norovirus vaccine shows promise

Norovirus is a virus which can cause severe gastrointestinal illness (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea). The illness usually lasts between 24 and 72 hours and can lead to dehydration in children, debilitated persons, and the elderly. This virus has been isolated as the cause of widespread illness on cruise ships. A recent study published in the December 8, 2011 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine reports promising results for a vaccine to prevent norovirus illness.