FORCED MIGRATION CREATES HEALTH PROBLEMS, ENHANCES SPREAD OF DISEASE

By |2017-12-18T22:25:21+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Forced migrations designed to contain disease generally don’t work as planned, as several studies and articles listed below show. Refugee camps a “breeding ground” for illnesses: “United Nations aid agencies say hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in unacceptable conditions at camps. These people fled their homes because of violence in the Middle East [...]

STUDIES EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENT ON PRODUCTIVITY

By |2017-11-06T17:38:14+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

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 [...]

TAKING A LOOK AT LEGIONELLA BACTERIA AND ITS SOURCES, IMPACT

By |2017-11-03T01:15:12+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

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 [...]

BUILDING DESIGN MUST INCLUDE HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS AS WELL AS ENERGY CONCERNS

By |2017-11-03T01:13:44+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

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 [...]

COPPER HAS ITS LIMITS AS ANTIMICROBIAL AGENT AS RESISTANCE GROWS

By |2017-11-03T01:12:29+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Studies show again and again what all pharmacists and microbiologists already know: Bacteria build immunity to antibiotics, pesticides and disinfectants, rendering them largely ineffective over time. Below are some studies that discuss the use of copper as an antimicrobial. Characterization of Copper Resistance in Acinetobacter baumanniipoints out that Acinetobacter baumannii causes many types of severe nosocomial infections and that [...]

RESUSPENSION OF PARTICLES RELEVANT AS VIRUSES CAN REMAIN VIABLE FOR EXTENDED PERIODS

By |2018-01-29T18:36:04+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Suspension and shedding require persistent cleaning. Viruses can hang around and be viable even three hours after being generated, making resuspension of particles a matter of concern. Droplets from sneezes might travel farther than the Center for Disease Control has suggested, too. Below are some studies that detail some of this. Comparison of the Aerosol Stability [...]

C. DIFF IS STUBBORN AND DEADLY, AND NO SHORTCUTS SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN TRYING TO PREVENT SPREAD

By |2017-11-03T01:09:26+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Clostridium difficile Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a known killer that has drawn plenty of attention from the Centers for Disease Control. C. diff is on the CDC shortlist of microorganisms with a threat level of “urgent.” It no longer is isolated in hospitals, moving to the community at large. Additionally, it can be spread through the [...]

PRISONS NEED TO LOOK AT PREVENTION OF DISEASE AS POPULATION AGES

By |2017-11-03T01:08:29+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Maria Schiff, in a piece that appears at Health Affairs blog, notes that an aging prison population – state and federal prisoners more than 55 years old – has grown from 43,300 to 144,500 from 1999-2013. With that rising number comes with a corresponding increase in health care costs. In Examining State Prison Health Care Spending: [...]

STUDYING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN NDM-1 AND ACINETOBACTER SPECIES

By |2017-11-03T01:07:24+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics. These include the antibiotics of the carbapenem family, which are a mainstay for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, among those Acinetobacter and more specifically Acinetobacter baumannii. Here are some links to studies that include [...]

HAND HYGIENE IS A KEY TO COMMUNITY, HOME, SCHOOL WELLNESS

By |2017-11-03T01:06:25+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Hand hygiene clearly impacts the wellness of any community. Keeping hands clean at home, in schools and elsewhere makes a significant difference in keeping folks healthy. The impact of poor hand hygiene habits is linked to increased occurrences of illness, absences, and their associated costs. A renewed commitment to “shared responsibility” in our homes and classrooms [...]

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