Bacteria possess even more tools to protect themselves from antibiotics than previously thought, according to our latest research. The ability of microbes to avoid death at the hands of antibiotics is a worldwide concern. Our study illustrates how bacteria directly combat the presence of antibiotics using newly identified defence systems. Click here for more.
Investigators have investigated the relationship between salivary microbes and IBD, and they found that when the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae colonizes in an intestine out of microbial balance, immune cells called T helper 1 (TH1) become overactive in the gut, resulting in intestinal inflammation leading to the onset of IBD. Click here for more.
Much discussion and many studies about infection control focus on hospitals and their procedures. But the chain of infection control begins before a patient arrives when it involves first responders. Some studies clearly show that those transported by ambulance can be put at risk before even arriving at a primary care facility. And they are [...]
Faced with the choice of working while sick or sitting out and not getting paid, most will work while sick. Pros and Cons of Sick Pay Schemes: Testing for Contagious Presenteeism and Shirking Behavior takes a look at the ramifications. Most organizations’ human resource policy is focused on short term goal. It is clearly that way with [...]
Cleaning crews in schools are just like their counterparts in hospitals on the front lines of the war on disease. Cleaning Schools for Health, Not for Appearance discusses this in some detail. How schools are cleaned can and will impact the health of all building occupants, including students and faculty. Hygiene is involves much more than seemingly [...]
An organism of concern, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a water-loving bacteria that works and builds biofilms with other threatening bacteria. Understanding that disinfection alone will not rid an engineered water system of bacteria means we need to look toward biofilm-resistant material and disinfection at the source of use as opposed to where the water enters the building. [...]
Water is a source of secondary infection. Chlorination is commonly used to control levels of bacteria in drinking water; however, viable bacteria may remain due to chlorine resistance, according to a piece at PubMed (Relationship between antibiotic- and disinfectant-resistance profiles in bacteria harvested from tap water.) What is concerning, the piece notes, “is that surviving bacteria, [...]
The environment can have a profound impact on productivity, and below are links to a series of studies that explore this with a variety of approaches. The office experiment: Can science build the perfect workspace? – Windows, desks and employees are being wired up in a quest to create healthy, evidence-based environments. is a study that [...]
Legionellosis is a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria. Sometimes the bacteria cause a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) called Legionnaires’ disease. The bacteria can also cause a less serious infection called Pontiac fever that has symptoms similar to a mild case of the flu. The bacteria can be found in most water systems, and is [...]
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) might be missing the mark by focusing on energy more so than health. While we believe the energy implications of design are important, we don’t think those concerns trump building for health. We think focusing on the human health aspect is critical, designing for infection control. Most existing [...]